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Mental Health Heroes Shine at Annual Awards

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Mental Health Heroes Shine at Annual Awards

The outstanding contribution of individuals, groups and organisations across the state has been recognised at the 2016 Queensland Mental Health Week Achievement Awards Luncheon and Presentation Ceremony at Brisbane City Hall on Friday 14 October. 

Open Minds were honoured to again host the Awards, a major event on the Queensland Mental Health Week calendar and our leadership contribution to the mental health sector.  The Awards luncheon and Presentation Ceremony was sold out, with 180 guests in attendance from the mental health sector and wider community.

Three exceptional individuals and five outstanding organisations were presented with category honours, which recognise and celebrate achievements and contributions across the mental health space. While there could only be eight winners, everyone in the room were Mental Health Heroes.

A strong sense of community and support flowed through the air and was highlighted in the speeches made by the winners, key note speaker and special guests.

“We are all united in a shared passion for destigmatising mental health illness, and improving the understanding and awareness of mental health in communities across Queensland,” said Marie Fox, Open Minds CEO.

“We are part of a movement that spurs social change, we have the power, determination and dedication to improve our world for the better,” Dr Louise Byrne, Senior Lecturer Lived Experience, Central Queensland University, Keynote speaker.

Each year the Awards continue to grow in both impact and success – spreading the word to value mental health and showing support and recognition to the mental health sector.

The 2016 Queensland Mental Health Week Achievement Awards category winners are:

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 (under 25 years)   Winner: Ms Teneille ArundaleFor 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 (small, 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 plus 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 (small to medium, 1-100 staff)  and Earle Duus Memorial Award (overall winner)  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, 100 plus 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.

2016 Achievement Awards Sponsors

Open Minds is grateful for the wonderful support of our Awards category sponsors. 

The Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists

Sponsoring the 'Workplace (Small - Medium) Achievement Award

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is responsible for training, educating and representing psychiatrists in Australia and New Zealand. The RANZCP is committed to enhancing the mental health of Australians and New Zealanders through the leadership of high quality psychiatric care.

The Queensland Branch of the RANZCP advocates on behalf of its members and works collaboratively with government and non-government stakeholders for improved provision of mental health services and quality of patient care for Queenslanders with a mental illness.

Mulberry Seed

Sponsoring the ‘Media’ Achievement Award

Mulberry Seed turns little ideas into big results. Specialising in strategic communication planning, stakeholder and community engagement, digital and media campaigns, Mulberry Seed can help not-for-profits turn good intentions into measurable communication outcomes.

Life Without Barriers 

Sponsoring the ‘Individual’ Achievement Award

Life Without Barriers is a not-for-profit organisation working in 300 communities across Australia. We currently support 12,000 people in the areas of mental health, disability, foster care, and aged care. We also provide services to homeless people, families at risk of domestic violence, to youth leaving care, and to young people involved with the justice system

For more than 20 years Life Without Barriers has been supporting and delivering services, and have held to the fundamental ethos that people achieve better outcomes when their natural supports and relationships are strengthened within their community.

We believe in the rights of people and the importance of relationships. These foundations shape our unique approach to care and underpin the purpose, vision and values of our organisation.

At Life Without Barriers, We’re with you every step of the way, to help you LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE

Queensland Health

Sponsoring our 'Youth' Achievement Award


Brisbane City Council

Supporting the Queensland Mental Health Week Achievement Awards


Queensland Mental Health Commission

Sponsoring our 'Jude Bugeja' Achievement Award

 The Queensland Mental Health Commission is committed to improving the mental health and wellbeing of all Queenslanders and minimising the impact of substance misuse in our communities.

To do this we bring together experience and professional expertise by partnering with the community, government, and industry across a range of areas including health, employment, education, housing and justice.

Through these partnerships, we find solutions and guide action to improve the systems that support people with, or at higher risk of, mental illness or substance misuse, as well as their families, carers, support persons, and the Queensland community.