Hon Graham Jacobs MBBS FRACGP MLA

Hon Graham Jacobs MBBS FRACGP MLA

Former Minister for Water; Mental Health

    Good outcomes recognised at mental health awards

    6/10/2009 12:00 AM

    Excellence in Western Australian mental health programs and service delivery was recognised today at the 2009 Mental Health Good Outcomes Awards at the Parmelia Hilton.


    The awards, in their seventh year, play an important role in raising public awareness of mental health problems and reducing the stigma often surrounding mental illness. They are a key event in Mental Health Week which runs from October 4-10, 2009.


    Mental Health Minister Graham Jacobs said he was delighted to be supporting a range of activities for Mental Health Week.


    “This year's theme for Mental Health Week is 'Our mental health and wellbeing is about all of us’,” Dr Jacobs said.


    “This highlights mental health as everybody’s business, enabling families, carers, friends, colleagues and the wider community to discuss issues openly and support each other.


    “The week coincides with World Mental Health Day on October 10, which is focused on ‘Mental Health in Primary Care: Enhancing Treatment and Promoting Mental Health.


    “As a GP, I know how important primary care is to help people maintain their wellbeing and recover.”


    The Minister said the calibre of the 2009 award finalists showed the range and effectiveness of mental health projects across the State.


    “These individuals and organisations are committed to improving the lives of Western Australians affected by mental illness,” he said.


    “Mental health is an issue that touches the lives of more Western Australians than many realise.”


    The awards, presented by the Department of Health, acknowledged the outstanding contribution of individuals, groups and organisations promoting good mental health outcomes in WA.


    The winners across the 11 award categories came from a variety of organisations and services.


    “I am particularly pleased to see the number of individuals and programs offering crucial support and services to young people with mental health issues,” Dr Jacobs said.


    Youth Focus, a Western Australian community-based organisation, won the Dr Mark Rooney Award for Improved Outcomes in Child and Adolescent Mental Health.


    The non-profit organisation has been recognised for providing practical and effective support for young people, aged 12 to 18 years, who are showing early signs associated with suicide, depression and self harm.


    Other winners included:


    The Hollywood Hospital Leanne Wood Award for Excellence:

    Lyn Mahboub


    GESB Government Organisations Award:

    Family Pathways, Princess Margaret Hospital


    St John of God Non-government Organisations Award:

    Fremantle GP Network


    WA Equal Opportunity Commission Human Rights Award for Consumers:  

    Jeremy Harris


    John Da Silva Carers Award:

    Kay De’Brett 


    Freehills Mental Health Employee Award:

    Rachel Pittaway, Perth Home Care Services


    Edith Cowan University Mental Health Promotion and Mental Illness Prevention Award:

    Mentally Healthy WA 


    Curtin University of Technology Mental Health Research and Education Award:

    Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention Training Unit, Telethon Institute for Child Health Research


    Maitri Aboriginal and CALD Mental Health Award:



    Sonshine FM Media Achievement Award: 

    ‘Postnatal Depression’, Jolleh Ashbar, A Current Affair Perth


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