The Carter Center's Mental Health Program awarded fellowships to journalists in New Zealand from 2001 to 2006. A development of the Ministry of Health's interest in anti-stigma efforts, the international fellowship program was established under the leadership of Raymond Nairn of the University of Auckland.
As part of the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism, the Carter Center's Mental Health Program awarded fellowships to journalists in New Zealand from 2001 to 2006. Building on the Ministry of Health's interest in anti-stigma efforts, the international fellowship program was established with support from The Carter Center under the leadership of Raymond Nairn of the University of Auckland.
The fellowship program provides stipends and expert training to journalists to report on topics related to mental health or mental illnesses. The primary goal is to increase accurate reporting on mental health issues and decrease incorrect, stereotypical information.
During the Carter Center's involvement in New Zealand, 10 journalists received fellowships to study topics such as Maori mental health and the challenges to delivering mental health services to a multiethnic population.
The self-sustaining New Zealand Mental Health Media Grants program, established in 2006, assumed the Carter Center's responsibilities in the country. The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand and the national anti-stigma campaign "Like Minds, Like Mine" are co-creators and supporters of the program.
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Size: 267,710 square kilometers
Population: 4,438,393 (2015 est.)
Life expectancy: 81 years
Ethnic groups: European, Asian, Maori, Pacific peoples, Middle Eastern, Latin American, other, unidentified
Religions: Christian (Catholic, Anglican, Presbyterian and Congregational, Methodist, Pentecostal, other), Hindu, Buddhist, Maori Christian, Islam, other religion (includes Judaism, Spiritualism and New Age religions, Baha'i, Asian religions other than Buddhism), no religion, not stated or unidentified
Languages: English (official), Maori (official), Samoan, French, Hindi, Yue, Northern Chinese, other, New Zealand Sign Language (official)
Source: U.S. Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook 2016