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Like Minds Like Mine Community Grants Fund

February 23, 2018 at 9:40 AM

*From the Community Waitakere Noticeboard*

What is the purpose of the Like Minds Like Mine Community Grants Fund?

The purpose of the community grants fund is to enhance the reach and impact of the Like Minds, Like Mine programme (www.likeminds.org.nz). These grants will enable communities to create and implement local initiatives that reduce stigma and discrimination and increase social inclusion of people with lived experience of mental distress.

The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand manages and administers the fund on behalf of the Health Promotion Agency.


The grants administered will be between $3000-$5000 (excluding GST).

The fund will launch in mid-April. If you would like to be notified about what’s happening please fill in this expression of interest form. (Or feel free to email me directly with any questions- gina.giordani@mentalhealth.org.nz).


Introduction

Forty-seven per cent of New Zealanders will experience mental illness or distress in their lifetime.

Most people will recover. Despite this, they are often discriminated against and excluded from everyday activities. This is one of the biggest barriers to recovery.

Like Minds, Like Mine (www.likeminds.org.nz) is a public awareness programme to increase social inclusion and end discrimination towards people with experience of mental illness or distress. We do this through public awareness campaigns, community projects and research. Our target audience is people who have the potential to exclude, particularly in workplace and community settings.


The groups who will benefit most from our work are those who are discriminated against the most:

• people with severe mental illness

• Māori

• Pacific peoples

• young people under the age of 25.

Since the programme began in 1997, discrimination toward those with experience of mental illness and distress has decreased. New Zealanders are more likely to accept someone with experience of mental illness or distress as a workmate, and to think they are able to contribute to society.



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