There are many exceptional people and initiatives working to promote and improve understanding, awareness, service provision, and the general mental health and wellbeing of the Canberra community.


The ACT Mental Health Month Awards aim to recognise the achievements of individuals, groups, organisations, businesses and initiatives in the area of Mental Health in the ACT.

 

The Awards are a sector-wide initiative coordinated by the Mental Health Community Coalition ACT (MHCC ACT) and implemented by the ACT Mental Health Month Advisory Committee.

Nominations are now closed for 2019.

Key Dates 2019

Nominations Open:

Thursday August 1, 2019

 

Nominations Close:

COB Friday September 20, 2019

Awards Ceremony:

Time:      3pm

Date:      Tuesday October 29, 2019

Where:   Bradman Room,                                  Manuka Oval 

2019 Mental Health Month Award Winners

Mentally Healthy Communities and Workplace Award

Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation provides a unique mental health, early intervention program, delivered within fun and engaging recreational activities and camps. It supports children and young people aged 8-18 who are experiencing familial mental illness (usually of a parent). Kookaburra Kids commenced in the ACT in 2017 and now supports over 200 young people in the Canberra region.

Elise Apolloni, Capital Chemist Wanniassa    

Elise Apolloni provides mental health and wellbeing support to her colleagues in Capital Chemist Wanniassa. Consequently, the staff now provide appropriate interventions and referrals to the broader community.

Elise also advocates for better mental health to government and the pharmacy profession, and spreads positive messages about mental health and wellness wherever she can.

Support for Individuals, Families and Carers Award
Scott Hodgson - Commendation Award

Scott Hodgson is a busy father and architect. He also helps his sister, Jenny, to manage her mental illness and deal with NDIS paperwork and meetings. When Jenny nominated Scott for this award she mentioned that “Scott s a fantastic advocate, carer and brother to me!”.

The Connected Program
Marathon Health

Connected is a culturally sensitive, evidence-based, mental health service for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people aged between 0 and 25 years. It delivers services where participants want and involve whom they wish. Cultural needs are addressed early in the process and staff work unwaveringly for positive client outcomes. 

System Capacity and Workforce Award
Jan Jolly, Arthritis ACT

Jan Jolly came up with the idea of using peer mentors to extend Arthritis ACT’s counselling services. She developed and delivered a peer mentoring course, and continues to work with the peer mentors who support clients with mental health issues. Peer mentors now support others in person and by telephone 7 days a week, and through social outings. 

Lived Experience Ally Recognition Award (LEARA)
Katrina Bracher

Tina Bracher was a strong ally of consumers as Executive Director, Mental Health, Justice Health, and Alcohol and Drugs Services.  She was always willing to engage with consumers face-to-face and kick-started the process that resulted in My Rights, My Decisions, ensuring that consumers’ rights are known and upheld during periods when they have reduced decision-making capacity. 

Jenny Adams developed the My Rights My Decisions kit through a co-design process that maximised consumer input. She also ensured that the training and resources are person-centred, use consumer friendly language, and support consumers to complete the forms. Throughout this Jenny drew selflessly on her lived experience, while encouraging and facilitating input from many people and organisations.

The Way Back Support Service,
Woden Community Service

Getting your life back on track after attempting suicide is not easy. It takes time to recover, physically and emotionally. The Way Back Support Service is there for people just when they need it most, on discharge from hospital. Support Coordinators provide participants with caring, practical, community-based support for up to three months during this critical time of recovery.

Research, Evaluation and Quality Improvement Award

The Centre’s research helps the Canberra community in many ways, in various settings. Its work has led to innovative suicide prevention programs in Canberra schools, tools for use by general practitioners and pharmacists, online programs, research partnership with non-researchers, and educating Canberra-based public agencies and NGO about evidence-informed decision-making.

David Perrin Award
Tianne Casey, Monumental Health ACT

Tianne Casey was given a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and told that life would never get better. However, Tianne sought the therapy and support she needed, worked hard and now lives an independent and self-determined life, helping others see that recovery from chronic mental illness is a possibility. "She is a true BPD Warrior and is a
beacon of HOPE for many people."

2019 MICHAEL FIRESTONE SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

Nominees this year include but are not limited to: 
Bianca Rossetti - Mental Health Nursing 
Natalee Thomas - CIT (Communities Services & Development)
Terri Warner - PhD

2019 Mental Health Month Award Nominees

Tim Daly, This is my Brave Australia

Lived Experience Ally Recognition Award (LEARA)*    

Dr Murali Reddy

Lived Experience Ally Recognition Award (LEARA)*

Dr Joe Garside, Belconnen Mental Health

Lived Experience Ally Recognition Award (LEARA)*

OzHelp Foundation 

Mentally Healthy Communities and Workplaces Award    

Rebus Theatre

Mentally Healthy Communities and Workplaces Award    

Greg Francis

Support for Individuals, Families and Carers Award    

Volunteer Engagement Framework, 
Mental Illness Education ACT (MIEACT)

Support for Individuals, Families and Carers Award    

Abin Sebastian, Greenleaf Care Plus 

Support for Individuals, Families and Carers Award    

Julia Bocking, The Australian National University

Evaluation and Quality Improvement Award

Richmond Fellowship ACT 

Lived Experience Ally Recognition Award (LEARA)*

Compeer Program, St Vincent de Paul Society 

Support for Individuals, Families and Carers Award

Kayla Symonds, CatholicCare

Support for Individuals, Families and Carers Award

Katie Abigail, Rehab Management

Mentally Healthy Communities and Workplaces Award

Terri Warner    

Lived Experience Ally Recognition Award (LEARA)*

Denise Burton

Lived Experience Ally Recognition Award (LEARA)*

Deahnne McIntyre

Support for Individuals, Families and Carers Award    

HOME in Queanbeyan

Support for Individuals, Families and Carers Award

See the 2018 Mental Health Month ACT award recipients here

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Mental Health Month ACT is coordinated by the Mental Health Community Coalition ACT (MHCC ACT)

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