Mental Health News Media Award, presented by the Western Australian Association for Mental Health
Lee Steele - Journalist, Channel 10

Lee Steele began her media career in 2002 after graduating from Curtin University with a journalism degree. She started in radio, working at 6pr in Perth then moved to Sydney for a stint at one of the city's top rating station, 2GB. Lee then moved to Wollongong for a job at WIN TV, before returning home to work for Channel 9 and then Channel 10. Lee has covered a wide range of topics, including mental health, weather, politics as well as high profile police and court cases. 

Shireen Narayanan, Inavision Films and Celia Tait, Artemis Media – The Wild Butterfly documentary 

Award-winning film-maker Shireen Narayanan, of Inavision Films, is a writer, director and producer of Wild Butterfly. She is also a psychotherapist with 30 years’ experience in child, adolescent and adult mental health. In 1997 the damage to her home caused by the construction of an inner city tunnel catalysed her mid-career shift to filmmaking. Shireen became an activist, then a filmmaker. The Tunnel (2005) is a modern-day David and Goliath tale, screened at a number of international festivals. Bridge Between Two Worlds (2009, SBS/ ScreenWest) won a UNAA Media Peace Award and was a finalist at the Al Jazeera International Film Festival. Wild Butterfly is Shireen’s first theatrical feature and foray into writing and directing drama. Her psycho-therapeutic background brings a unique lens to the exploration of the complex emotional dimensions of main subject, Claire, and her family’s universe, as well as the family’s heartbreaking and confronting journey amidst the dark shadow of sexual violence, drug dependence and stigma.  

Wild Butterfly producer Celia Tait founded Artemis International in 2000 with Brian Beaton. Following his death, she established Artemis Media and is now the company’s managing director. Artemis Media is a multi-award-winning production company with a legacy of telling great stories with passion, integrity and style. It creates documentary and factual content, specialising in thought-provoking, entertaining television for Australia and the international market. Artemis is renowned for making stories that inspire, delight and inform. Artemis developed and ran successful social impact campaigns around its television series The Dreamhouse and Don’t Stop the Music. 

Christine Layton, ABC Perth; Molly Schmidt, ABC Perth; and Tasha Broomhall, Blooming Minds – Inside Out radio segment, ABC Radio Perth 

The Inside Out segment began in 2019 and really hit its strides during 2020. The fortnightly segment (about 15 minutes) addressed a range of mental health issues related to topical stories, common concerns and queries. The name of the segment riffs on Pixar's film about core memories and beliefs, Inside Out. The segment aimed to demystify mental health and wellbeing, to create a safe space to talk about real issues that affect so many people yet are still too often shrouded in stigma and mythology. In the segment they discussed appropriate language and communication techniques, debunked myths, promoted help seeking, cited up-to-date research, provided information and links to resources, all while also arming the audience with the knowledge and skills needed to navigate their own relationships and life challenges.