2019 Community Grants Fund recipients

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Struggling to find inspiration for your Community Grants project this year?

In 2019, 14 people, groups and organisations were awarded Grants for projects that challenged mental distress discrimination in their communities, hapū and iwi.

Read on and click the links below to see how these projects aimed to change people’s hearts and minds for the better.

Caravan Carpark Films Ltd

for Soul Healing, a short film about a Māori teen experiencing mental distress after a loss in the family.
Subcreators for Mum’s Voices, an animated web series about a young Samoan boy and his mother, who lives with schizophrenia.
Ngawaka Media for Breaking the Shadow, an online mini-series exploring how whānau can miscommunicate when talking about mental distress. 
Tuatara Collective for Over My Dead Body: Little Black Bitch, a bi-lingual play about a Māori man's experiences with depression. 
Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Aotearoa for The Power of Contact for Perinatal Care Providers, a series of educational videos on mental distress discrimination presented at seminars for care providers.
National Hauora Coalition for Hoea Tō Waka, a sports day promoting equal contact between young people with mental distress and their whānau through their joint participation in Waka Ama. The day includes non-stigmatising messaging around mental distress. 
The Mafaufau Project for MAPS Day, an interactive and educational event for Pasifika students that brings people with lived experience, educators and health care providers together to stop mental distress discrimination. The event features guest speakers who share their own stories of mental distress, break-out groups where students can interact with educators and health professionals, and health service information stalls.
Giorgia Doughty and Joshua Downs for Sunrise - A Revised Discussion of Mental Health, a performance which connects the actors’ experiences with mental distress to the audience to increase their understanding and acceptance of those events.
Te Houtaewa Trust for Te Houtaewa 2020, an ultramarathon which brings whānau together for a full-day legacy running event. The event focuses on reducing mental distress discrimination through whakawhanaungatanga, and on building hauora (health) by using kaupapa Māori principles around inclusive wellness. 
Crescendo Trust for Rawkus Radio, a series of workshops coaching young people with mental distress to develop an anti-stigma radio ad campaign.
Thriving Madly for Divergence 2020 - A Festival of Madness, a full week of events celebrating the richness of Mad lives and the unique perspectives, talents and wisdom that experiences with Madness brings.
Odd Family for Odd Daphne (Season 2), an original stage play challenging traditional Pasifika attitudes towards mental distress through sharing one family’s experiences with depression.
Tracey Cannon for Chain of Events, a creative arts project that showcases, values, validates and expands ideas about diverse life experiences that have, or could be, medically ‘diagnosed’.
Daniel Goodwin for Chrome Dome and Schizo, a workshop and play exploring the language used around mental distress and how we can shape that language to empower people with those experiences.