2020 Community Grants Fund recipients

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In 2020, 11 groups and organisations won a Community Grant to challenge outdated myths and judgements about people with mental health challenges in their communities, hapū and iwi.

Read the project descriptions below to see how these funded initiatives aim to increase understanding around mental distress, and end discrimination against people living with it for good.

Refugees as Survivors for Project Awhi, a training programme for service staff supporting people with backgrounds as migrants and refugees. The training programme centres on helping staff in these services become more trauma-informed in their approach, and advocates for ending prejudices around mental health in migrant communities.
Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Aotearoa for Perinatal Distress Seminar Series, a set of anti-discrimination seminars for maternal health care providers. The series aims to end discrimination against mothers accessing mental health care, and help services identify signs that mothers may be going through a tough time. 
Te Ama Charity for Talanoa Pasifika, a radio show and series of workshops in Pasifika workplaces focusing on opening the conversation around mental health in Pacific communities. 
Rosenthal Creative for Like You, Like Me, a podcast series about mental distress experiences during COVID-19.
Taurima Vibes Ltd for Te Whakawhirinaki Kete, an anti-discrimination section of an online hub supporting the mental health of Aotearoa’s arts community.
Te Kete Pounamu ki Whanganui-a-Tara

for Tomo Mai, a short bi-lingual and mental distress-focused Māori pūrākau/story and posters, all available online.

Te Kete Pounamu ki Ōtepoti

for Prince of the Psychiatric System, a play about real-life experiences with mental distress performed by Māori mental health consumers. The play’s audience will include mental health service staff and be followed by a community wānanga to help end discriminatory stereotypes towards people with mental distress.

Te Kete Pounamu ki Te Tai Tokerau  for Te Huringa: The Turning Point, an art and music showcase allowing Māori whānau to share their mental distress stories with others.

Our Legend Folks

for Our Legend Folks, a zine inspiring empathetic conversations about the mental distress people can experience across generations.

K’aute Pasifika Trust

for Let’s Talanoa, a video project hosting young Pasifika from the Waikato to share their lived experience stories and advice with others on what has helped them through the tough times.
Southside Drama for Out of the Night, a theatre project de-coding young adults’ mental distress experiences to help others understand them. The cast are from diverse backgrounds in South Auckland and represent a range of ages.