The Mental Health Matters Awards recognise the achievements of individuals and organisations large and small who have worked to improve understanding, awareness, service provision and the general mental health of our communities in NSW over the previous year.
Are you, or is someone you know, doing great work in Mental Health?
The awards recognise 10 categories where excellence in service delivery and support have been provided to communities in NSW:
- Cross Sector Collaboration Award
- Family and Carer Involvement and Engagement Award
- Mental Health Promotion & Wellbeing Award
- Research and Evaluation Award
- Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Communities Award
- Excellence in Service or Program Delivery Award
- Aboriginal Social and Emotional Wellbeing Award
- Consumer Involvement and Participation Award
- Mental Health Promoting Workplace Award
- Media Award, Local and National/Statewide
The 2016 Mental Health Matters Awards nominations will open in August 2016.
An online nomination form is currently being built. If you are interested in seeing what sort of criteria are sought by the judges, please have a read of previous nomination forms.
Benefits to Award Winners
Previous award winners have found the awards have many benefits. Have a look at the brief videos below to get a sense of what some of 2014’s winners think about their Award.
Hend Saab is a Bi Cultural Psychologist with St George Community Mental Health Service. In this brief video she outlines what the role of her Mindfulness Arabic Audio CD is in treatment as well as the benefits of being awarded 2014’s Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities Award at the Mental Health Matters Awards.
Sometimes kids have to look after their parents when they are mentally unwell. Kookaburra Kids helps these children and was 2014’s winner of the the Family and Carer Involvement and Engagement Award. This brief video explains what Kookaburra Kids is and how the program has benefited from winning the award.
In the brief video below Peter Mclelland, CEO of MATES in Construction NSW, 2014’s Mental Health Promoting Workplace Award winner, talks about the increased interest that their program received after winning the award.
For 2014’s Aboriginal Social and Emotional Wellbeing Award winners The Glen, the benefits have included increased media exposure from radio interviews and TV stories that followed from their Award.
The Mental Health Matters Awards recognise outstanding achievements in mental health practice. In 2014, South Eastern Sydney Local Health District won the Consumer Involvement and Engagement Award for their Safety for All initiative, a professional education program which was designed with input from those with an experience of a mental illness. The benefits of the Award for the Safety For All initiative are outlined in the video below.
You can also find out more about previous award winners by reading our 2016 Mental Health Matters Award.