Mental Health Minister Graham Jacobs announced the winners of the 2010 Mental Health Good Outcomes Awards at a gala breakfast this morning.
The awards, a key event in Mental Health Week, recognise outstanding achievements by individuals and organisations in the mental health sector. Mental Health Week commenced on Sunday, October 10 and will run to October 16.
The week also coincides with World Mental Health Day held on October 10, which focused on the integration of physical and mental health - specifically mental health with chronic physical illnesses.
Dr Jacobs said he was delighted to celebrate so many significant achievements during Mental Health Week.
“Mental Health Week plays an important role in community education about mental health and illness,” he said.
“This year’s theme is ‘Being mentally healthy is about choices’.
“We can all make choices to improve and sustain our wellbeing. These include spending time with loved ones, doing a hobby, exercising, eating well and contributing to the community.
"As a Government, we have also made important choices to reform mental health services. We are shifting the focus of our mental health system away from illness and acute intervention towards wellness, early intervention and personal recovery.”
The Minister congratulated the awards winners and finalists for their outstanding leadership and dedication to mental health in Western Australia.
“I am pleased to recognise winners from such a diverse cross-section of our community,” he said.
“This shows that mental health is everyone’s business and we can all work together to make a difference.”
Ann White, executive officer of WA Association for Mental Health (WAAMH), won the Hollywood Private Hospital Leanne Wood Award for Excellence.
Ms White is an astute and compassionate leader in mental health. She is highly regarded across the sector, both in WA and nationally. Ms White is commended for her tireless efforts for mental health reform and support to non-government organisations, mental health consumers and their families.
WAAMH is the peak mental health representative body in WA for non-government and not-for-profit agencies supporting people with a mental illness. Ms White retires as the head of WAAMH this year.
The winners for the 2010 Mental Health Good Outcomes Awards are detailed below.
For more information, visit http://www.mentalhealth.wa.gov.au/events/awards.aspx or phone 6272 1200.
Minister's office - 9213 6900
2010 Mental Health Good Outcomes Awards Winners
GESB Government Organisations Award
Growing Towards Wellness - South West Institute of Technology partnering with South West Horticultural Therapy and Training
St John of God Health Care Non-Government Organisations Award
Mental Health Law Centre WA
WA Equal Opportunity Commission Human Rights Award for Consumers
John Da Silva Carers Award
Freehills Mental Health Employee Award
Dena Lawrence - Hollywood Private Hospital
Edith Cowan University Mental Health Promotion and Mental Illness Prevention Award
Music to Open Your Mind - South Metropolitan Area Health Service, Mental Health
Curtin University Mental Health Research and Education Award
Child Health Promotion Research Centre - Edith Cowan University
Maitri Aboriginal and CALD Mental Health Award
Ethnic Disability Advocacy Centre
Sonshine FM Media Achievement Award
Anthony DeCeglie, ‘My Post Natal Battle’, The Sunday Times
The University of Western Australia Dr Mark Rooney Award for Improved Outcomes in Child and Youth Mental Health
Grant Wheatley - Department of Education, Hospital School Services
Hollywood Private Hospital Leanne Wood Award for Excellence
Ann White - WA Association for Mental Health