Days out from the start of October’s Mental Health Month, the outstanding work of mental health services across the State have been celebrated.

At a ceremony in Sydney today to officially launch the month, Minister for Mental Health Tanya Davies congratulated the winners of the 2018 WayAhead Mental Health Matters Awards for their invaluable contributions to mental health care.

“Nearly half of all Australians will experience some form of mental illness during their lifetime, and those who don’t will most likely know someone who will,” Mrs Davies said.

“I’m honoured to present these awards to extraordinary individuals and organisations, but also want to praise not just today’s award winners, but thank all the nominees who have made a real difference to the lives of others in our communities.”

The Mental Health Matters Awards recognise those who improve understanding, awareness, service provision, and mental health supports to communities across NSW.

2018 Mental Health Matters Award winners include:

Aboriginal Social and Emotional Wellbeing Award – Red Dust Healing (Toormina)
Excellence in Service or Program Delivery Awards – ‘Connect for Kids’ by Royal Far West (Manly) and Murrumbidgee PHN, and ‘Bright Minds: Connected Communities’ by Community Activities Lake Macquarie
Mental Health Promotion and Wellbeing Award – Solace Place at Iluka Reserve – Port Stephens Suicide Prevention Network
Lived Experience Participation and Leadership Award – Mental Health Recovery Program by Wagga Wagga Mental Health Recovery Unit
Media Award – SBS Punjabi Program
Mental Health Promoting Workplace Award – RAW Mind Coach
NSW Mental Health Commissioner’s Community Champion Award – Thi Minh Tam Nguyen.