Creativity < Hope

We all know the squeeze creatives are often under. This, coupled with the sensitive disposition creative people tend to have, often creates an environment where mental health issues can flourish. However, these same people also have a talent for communicating ideas at a time when New Zealand has a base-level awareness of the problem, but not a deeper understanding or the tools to fix it. Consequently, while fighting their own demons, a new wave of creators are coming up with inspiring solutions to confront our mental health problem head on. Here's our series on the changemakers who are speaking up and leading the charge.

Creativity < Hope

Changemakers

Creative agency Augusto and 23-year-old film maker and Voices of Hope co-founder Jazz Thornton have joined forces to kickstart a conversation around youth suicide. The duo have recently released Jessica’s Tree, a web documentary series on the NZ Herald and Youtube that examines the last 24 hours of the life of Jessica, one of Thornton’s friends who took her own life. The series carefully balances tragedy and hope, and has been produced by Augusto and directed by Thornton. Here, Thornton and Augusto executive producer Cass Avery talk telling this sensitive story, social advocacy and using a creative medium to create change.