WA Mental Health Awards

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AN initiative to support suicide prevention in the construction industry, a former infantry soldier turned mental health advocate and a service to address one of the most distressing aspects of severe mental illness have all been recognised in this year’s WA Mental Health Awards, held at the Perth Concert Hall on 13 July 2017.

The awards celebrate individuals, organisations and groups that have made an outstanding contribution to mental health in Western Australia, and were held as part of the two-day WA Mental Health Conference and presented by the peak body for community-based mental health, the Western Australian Association for Mental Health (WAAMH).

This year’s award winners are:

Impact & Inspiration Award: Royce Hardman
Presented by Neami National for outstanding contribution to mental health in Western Australia by an individual who identifies as having a lived experience.

Wellbeing Award: MATES in Construction WA
Presented by Wanslea Family Services for outstanding contribution to prevention and/or promotion in mental health. 

Diversity Award: St Patrick’s Community Support Centre
Presented by Lifeline WA for an individual, organisation, group or project that embraces diversity and promotes inclusion.

Innovation Award: Perth Voices Clinic
Presented by WA Primary Health Alliance for an initiative that uses a new approach or has the potential to transform the mental health landscape.

Mental Health Employee Excellence Award: Andrew Miller
Presented by HESTA for outstanding contribution to mental health in Western Australia by an individual employed within the sector.

Mentally Healthy Workplace Award: Department of Fire and Emergency Services
Presented by the Recovery College of WA for a workplace that encourages good mental health for its staff.

Family Centred Care Award: Rockingham Peel Group – Mental Health Service
Presented by HelpingMinds for an organisation, group or project that has demonstrated excellence in a family centred approach.

Mental Health News Media Award: Amanda Keenan
Presented for excellence in journalism and reporting on mental health.

The awards ceremony, MC’d by Channel 10 presenter Narelda Jacobs, was held at a gala awards presentation ceremony on Thursday, 13th July, followed by a cocktail dinner.