Almost half of New Zealanders (47%) will experience mental distress or illness in their lifetime. One of the biggest challenges for people experiencing mental distress is prejudice and discrimination. Discrimination can exist within our workplaces; within the housing, justice and health sectors; within our own communities, and even within our own whānau.
Being judged and discriminated against for our mental distress experiences is unjust, unfair and harms Aotearoa as a whole. That’s why we’re co-designing the Social Action Grants, a series of pūtea or grants awarded to individuals and community, iwi and hapū groups and organisations who want to challenge mental distress prejudice and discrimination through projects they design. These grants are proudly funded by the Nōku te Ao: Like Minds programme, in partnership with the Mental Health Foundation.
Our Social Action Grants are currently being co-designed and are scheduled to open in March 2022.
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