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Five x $10K Media Grants up for Grabs

MEDIA RELEASE: 8 July 2015
Mental Health Foundation of NZ

Are you a journalist or a creative artist who wants to change attitudes towards mental distress?

Five grants worth up to $10,000 each are now available for three journalism and two creative projects focusing on mental health issues.

The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) welcomes project proposals from journalists, photojournalists and those freelancing in print, radio or TV media; as well as artists, creative writers, musicians, and performers. Journalism, photojournalism and creative students may also apply.

“A new survey shows New Zealanders are less accepting of mental illness than they are of sexuality and religion, so in 2015 we have up to $50,000 available thanks to ongoing sponsorship from the Frozen Funds Charitable Trust and support from the Like Minds, Like Mine national programme,” MHF chief executive Judi Clements says.

Read the full media release here.

The deadline for applications is the 2nd of September 2015.

Read this flyer to find out more.

To receive an application pack or for more information:
Contact Cate Hennessy, Media Grants Co-ordinator
Ph 021 687 426 or email info@mediagrants.org.nz

People Needed for Like Minds Media Project in Waikato/Coromandel

The Like Minds Like Mine Team of Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki are wanting to do a project with media groups to promote positive messages of mental ‘illness’ through radio and newspaper.

If you are from the Thames-Coromandel Peninsula, Hauraki Regions, Hamilton, Ngaruawahia or Morrinsville areas, the Te Korowai team wants to hear from you!

People from each of the following categories are needed for the project:

  • People with personal experience of mental illness 
  • Families/Whānau with a loved one who experiences mental illness 
  • An Employer who employs someone who experiences mental illness.

Successful candidates will be paid a koha to participate in the project.

(Project starting end Feb 2013).

If you are interested in participating in the project or want more information please contact:
Aaron Woolley
Service Coordinator
Like Minds Like Mine
Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki
Phone (07) 868 0033 or (021) 902 434
e-mail: aaron@korowai.co.nz

The Like Minds Big reTHiNK

Making Stigma-Reduction a World-Wide Event

The Like Minds team at Mind and Body Consultants and The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand have partnered to create The Like Minds Big reTHiNK. The Like Minds Big reTHiNK  is a global challenge for the world-wide community to get involved in producing destigmatising creative, public events.

The Like Minds Big reTHiNK builds on the successes of previous reTHiNK Grant projects like the 24-Hour reTHiNK Theatre Challenge from Titirangi Theatre in 2010 and the reTHiNK Possible Worlds multimedia stage show from The Literatti in 2011. In 2012 it is being taken to the next level. This year, everyone can take part, regardless of where they live or what their level of experience is.

Early in March, a dedicated website will be launched and submissions will open for any kind of creative “script” that reduces stigma – a “script” can be any publishable creative piece. It might be a dance piece, a series of performance poems, visual art, a one-act play, a short-film or anything in between. The best scripts will be chosen for The Big reTHiNK – the 2-hour stage-show that kicks off the challenge with a charity awards gala and series of public performances. The remaining scripts form a pool for Regional reTHiNK Event Organisers to stage in their own communities during the month of October. People can then register to perform, direct or be a crew member for The Big reTHiNK or a Regional reTHiNK Event happening near them.

The Big reTHiNK will be professionally staged atAuckland’s newest, most modern performance space, Q Theatre, onQueen Street. The entire space is disability accessible – even the lighting cat-walks, so this really is a project that anyone can volunteer to be part of. The Big reTHiNK from October 2nd  – October 6th will warm the community up for Mental Health Awareness Week as well as launch and promote the Regional Like Minds reTHiNK Events taking place from October 7th – 30th.

Already MindAustralia in Melbourne and Like Minds allies inNew Yorkhave registered to host an event in their region – so The Like Minds reTHiNK Challenge is already shaping up to be a global event that reaches the widest audience ever.

All Tangata Whaiora are encouraged to spread the word amongst your communities to get involved. Anyone can submit scripts, approach local theatres, gallery spaces or cinemas and get them to sign up to host a Like Minds reTHiNK Challenge event or link your planned Mental-Health Awareness Week activities with the challenge for added exposure.

Additional sponsorship is being sought to fund prizes, venue costs and the publication of The Big reTHiNK scripts as a Like Minds resource for the future, so if you or anyone else you know might be keen to be a sponsor please let us know!

The new reTHiNK website goes live in a mere few weeks and all guidelines and submission forms will be available there. In the meantime, please visit www.rethink.org.nz or contact likeminds@mindandbody.co.nz for more information.