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Better Days Winter Edition 2017 - Are you Queensland's next mental health hero?

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Open Minds is incredibly proud to again deliver the 2017 Queensland Mental Health Week Achievement Awards.

Nominate now in one or more of our eight Awards categories:

  • Workplace Award - Small to medium businesses (1-200 staff)
  • Workplace Award - Large businesses (201+ staff)
  • Media Award
  • Not-For-Profit Award - Small to medium (1-100 staff)
  • Not-For-Profit Award - Medium to large (101+ staff)
  • Jude Bugeja - Peer Experience Award
  • Individual Award
  • Youth Award (under 25)
  • Earle Duus (Overarching Award)

Winners will receive an engraved trophy and framed certificate and the overarching Earle Duus Award will receive $4000 incentive to continue initiatives and programs, along with framed certificate and trophy.

Visit h to enter! You can nominate yourself, your organisation or others.

Finalists will be announced at the end of September, with our winners recognised at the Queensland Mental Health Week Achievement Awards Breakfast and Presentation Ceremony at Brisbane City Hall on Friday, 13 October 2017. Tickets on sale in August, all enquiries:

Now in its fifth year, the Queensland Mental Health Week Achievement Awards have evolved into a major milestone on the Queensland Mental Health Week calendar, held in October each year. The Achievement Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of individuals, groups and organisations working tirelessly to reduce stigma, support and empower those living with mental illness whilst improving the understanding and awareness of mental health and wellbeing right across Queensland.

Would your organisation like to sponsor a Queensland Mental Health Week Achievement Awards category?

Sponsorship is on offer for all eight Award categories, valued at $3000. Please note, category sponsorship is very popular, so please contact us with your request as soon as possible, to avoid disappointment. Please contact to request a sponsorship prospectus.

Each year the Achievement Awards continue to grow in both impact and success, encouraging everyone to value mental health and recognising the mental health sector.
For some inspiration, read more about our 2016 Awards winners:


Media Award Winner
‘Heads Up’ TV Special, ABC QLD. ‘Heads Up’ TV Special was a collaborative news event discussed across multiple media, including TV, radio and digital. The TV Special explored youth mental health and wellbeing issues, focusing on two questions: What’s happening to our kids? What are we doing about it?

Individual Award Winner
Ms Annette Coutts. For her work as a consumer advocate at The Park - Centre for Mental Health, Treatment, Research and Education. Annette draws from her own lived experience to provide empathetic support and effective advocacy for consumers and carers.

Jude Bugeja Peer Experience Award Winner
Mr William Smith-Stubbs. For his work on various campaigns promoting mental health awareness and help-seeking behaviour. William is Co-Founder of Spur Projects, producing a wide range of innovative mental health projects giving men resources, skills and language they need to take positive action around their mental health. William draws from his own lived experience to help others.

Youth Award (25 years and under) Winner
Ms Teneille Arundale. For her work with Harmony Place, a community-based organisation providing mental health and wellbeing services for people and communities from diverse cultural and language backgrounds. Teneille is passionate about humanitarian efforts, community development and improving the lives of others.

Workplace Award (SME, 1-200 staff) Winner
Labrador State School. Labrador State School aim to promote mental health and wellbeing and reduce stigma associated with mental illness by delivering a week-long series of events and activities during Queensland Mental Health Week, specifically developed to educate their pupils, educators and the school community about mental health issues.

Workplace Award (large, 201+ staff) Winner
McCullough Robertson Lawyers. McCullough Robertson Lawyers provide a range of mental health and wellbeing initiatives to support their 400+ staff across Queensland and New South Wales. They aim to provide an inclusive work environment that is safe and supportive.

Not-For-Profit Award (SME, 1-100 staff) and Earle Duus Memorial Award (overall AWARD) Winner
The Pharmacy Guild of Australia - Queensland Branch. The Pharmacy Guild of Australia - Queensland Branch worked closely with four Primary Healthcare Networks (PHNs) to supply appropriate education and training to staff at 100 pharmacies via the Partners in Recovery Pharmacy Integration Programs. The aims of the programs were to improve collaborative care between pharmacies, pharmacy staff and mental health support providers; and improve the knowledge, skills and attitude of pharmacy staff to better support people with a mental illness.

Not-For-Profit Award (large, 101+ staff) Winner
Aftercare and Arafmi Inc. Since 2014, Aftercare and Arafmi Inc. have partnered to deliver support services to family, friends and carers of people experiencing mental illness. Together, they provide carers with a range of information, skill building events, connection with other carers and connection to other relevant community support services.

To download the full version of the Better Days Winter Edition, click here.