Do you want to end social judgement and whakamā/shame towards people with lived
experience of mental distress or illness?
Our fellows below were awarded a Media Grant to undertake creative and media-based mahi
that did just that – illuminated what it’s really like to live with distress and
highlighted ways we can support each other during our toughest times.
for Use Your Voice, a children’s book on a
farm dog’s journey through depression. The book follows Jess, a black
huntaway who loses her voice and faces social exclusion in her rural
community. Poppy, a dachshund on the farm, helps her through her
for Just Listen, a seven-part New Zealand
Herald podcast series on how to support someone with serious and ongoing
mental distress. Each episode explores how friends and whānau members
have helped their loved ones get through tough times.
for Out of My Mind, a seven-part podcast
series which shares people’s stories of what it’s like to live with
mental distress. The series, which was hosted on stuff.co.nz, won a 2020
Voyager Award for joint Best Episodic/Recurrent Podcast.
for Fight or Flight, a six-chapter,
animated documentary series which confronts the myths surrounding
anxiety and depression. Each chapter addresses these myths
from the perspectives of young New Zealanders.
|Bex Lipp and Craig
for Aroha’s Way, a children’s book
which normalises the four key symptoms of anxiety – nervousness,
fear, apprehension and worrying thoughts. The book follows Aroha’s
own experiences and shows parents and teachers how to
help young people in distress in a soothing and non-judgmental
for Māori experiences of NZ’s mental health
services, an exposé around Māori experiences with
distress. Published on The Hui, the article and video explore Te Ao
Māori views on what experiencing psychosis, seclusion and negating
schizophrenia diagnoses can mean and how Māori can recover in a way that
works for them.
for Open Books, an art exhibition and short film questioning
what recovery means to different people.
||for Not a blanket
approach, a video series featuring six Kiwis sharing
stories of their trials and triumphs with mental distress. Shared on TVNZ’s
social media channel RE:, the series demonstrates why there’s not a ‘blanket
approach’ to living through the tough stuff.
for The Inside Word, a six-part panel show
for TVNZ Duke. Each week, Jehan interviewed three guests about topics
such as cyber-bullying or body image, leading to raw, honest and
compelling stories about their mental distress experiences.
for Busting The Myths, a series of short Spoken Word poetry
videos addressing the impact of mental distress and intergenerational
trauma on young people in Aotearoa.
||for Together Alone, a multimedia project for
Radio NZ on why so many Pasifika people live with psychological distress –
and why so few seek help.
for deVine, a stage play exploring one
whānau’s three-generation-long tensions and experiences with mental
distress. The play cast New Zealand actresses Romy Hooper, Cian Elyse
White and Esmee Myers to perform lead roles, and was performed in
Whāngārei, Kaitaia and Kerikeri.
||for Mad Pride, a journalistic piece exploring
the fight to reclaim autonomy and challenge discrimination within mental
health services. The piece was published in Vice and won the MHS’ Mental Health Journalism
Kenny and Laura Walters
for Through the Maze, a stuff.co.nz
feature series looking at the 150-year evolution of New Zealand's mental
health system from big institutions, where people were kept "out of
sight, out of mind", to today's community care model with an increasing
focus on resilience and mental wellness.
||for Perpetrators or Patients, a three-part
series for TV3’s The Nation investigating experiences of mental
distress in New Zealand’s criminal justice system.
for Have you tried, maybe, not worrying, a
short film which encourages openness and discussion around the
experience of anxiety. The film aims to reduce prejudice and discredits
misconceptions that you can ‘will’ anxiety away or ‘conquer’ it by
eating, sleeping and exercising.
Rob Mokaraka (writer and
||for Shot Bro: Confessions of a
depressed bullet, a one-man show about his highly-publicised police
encounter outside his home in 2009. Described as a “serious black comedy
about a real fight with depression”, its inaugural season ran over four
nights in Whāngārei and has since debuted in Wellington’s Kia Mau Festival
and Wainuimata by special request.
for Down on the Farm: Rural families and mental health in the
South, a four-page rural resource delivered to 38,500 rural
||for Mental illness in the workplace and Protecting our mental health at work, a
project which aired on TV3's Story and featured blogs from musician
Ben Read, mindfulness trainer Stephen
Archer and psychotherapist Kyle MacDonald.
See our journalism grant recipients and projects between 2010-2014 here.
Between 2007 and 2010, the following recipients were awarded a Media Grant:
2010 Dylan Keys, Aaron Smale, Georgie Tutt, Helena Chan, Rob Mokaraka
and Patricia Deavoll
- 2009 Michelanne Foster, Gareth Watkins,
Yvonne O’Hara, Sam RB, Stephen McCurdy and Graham Bishop
Karlo Mila, Jenn Shelton, Kristian Lomath, Amanda Cropp and The Silk Tent Company
2007 Jessica La Bas, Jo Randerson, Halina Ogonowksa-Coates and Debbie
Read more about some of these recipients’ creative and journalistic projects.