News • 15 Oct 2018
Congratulations to the winners of QLD Mental Health Week Achievement Awards
It’s your time to shine, congratulations to the winners for the 2018 Queensland Mental Health Week Achievement Awards!
Open Minds is delighted to congratulate our 11 Queensland Mental Health Week Achievement Awards winners, announced on Friday 12th October 2018 at the Awards Breakfast and Presentation Ceremony at Brisbane City Hall.
Amongst the winners were Peach Tree Perinatal Wellness, who provide mental health support for new parents, who scooped multiple wins in two different categories. As well as Justin Chapman who won both the Individual category for his personal work and his work at QIMR Berghofer, Metro South Health and PCYC Queensland, in addition to the Not-For-Profit Large category for PCYC's ‘Healthy Bodies, Heath Minds’ exercise program for which he is the program manager. Bremer State High School and Queensland Ambulance Services were both repeat winners and were successful two consecutive years in a row.
The winner of the Overarching Earle Duus Award went to ABC “You Can’t Ask That” series. A series that focused on Australians living with Schizophrenia and Eating Disorders. Aaron Smith, Director and Producer of the series, left a message to be read aloud during the ceremony: “We are deeply committed to shining a light on the complex realities of mental health in Australia and Queensland. We are so disappointed we cannot be here in person to accept this award, but we are currently in the middle of filming and editing a new series to air next year. The new series will bring to screen deeply personal stories from Disaster Survivors, people who are Intersex, Alcoholics, African-Australians, Survivors of Domestic Violence and people who are Deaf. Notably a survivor of the 2011 Queensland floods will share his story in our Disaster Survivors episode - we look to understand the long term impact of the experience, ongoing PTSD and recovery, where typically the media focuses on the immediate aftermath of the event.”
Simon James, CEO of Open Minds, said: “It is events such as these Awards that mark an important moment to stop the clock, at least once per year, and really focus our attention on inspirational achievers, and recognise the innovative work they do in the sector. It’s the type of work that drives the sector forward.”
Paul Mazerolle, Chair of the Open Minds Board, said: “The theme for the Achievement Awards this year is ‘It’s your time to shine’ which is fitting as we celebrate our often unsung heroes in the mental health space who are working tirelessly to reduce stigma and support and empower those living with mental illness. The Awards provide us all with a chance to pause, reflect and acknowledge our own and each other’s hard work.”
Ivan Frkovic, Queensland Mental Health Commissioner, said “This year there were 290 registered events for mental health week, marking the largest mental health week in the country. And Open Minds also recievedthe most nominations that they’ve ever had. This demonstrates that the people of Queensland are valuing their mental health and wellbeing, and that the work that’s being done in this sector is valued.”
Winners of each category were:
Our thanks again to our sponsors: Queensland Mental Health Commission, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP); Queensland Alliance for Mental Health, Queensland Health, Brook Red, QuAc, RFQ, WorkCover QLD, the phn Brisbane North, the phn Brisbane South, and the phn Western Queensland.