Seeking your help to find the person who has made the most significant contribution to the mental health of Australians
The inaugural 2016 Australian Mental Health Prize
“One in five Australians will experience mental illness in any given year, with sixty-five per cent of people not accessing treatment to support them with this lived experience,” says Professor Philip Mitchell, Head of the University of New South Wales (UNSW) School of Psychiatry. “Mental illnesses are common and highly disabling. One in three of us will have a mental health issue in our lifetime.”
UNSW School of Psychiatry has established the Australian Mental Health Prize to recognise Australians who have made outstanding contributions to either the promotion of mental health, or the prevention and treatment of mental illness in areas such as advocacy, research or service provision.
The Prize was launched by former Governor General Dame Quentin Bryce on July 13 at the University’s Lowy Building. “For far too long we have failed to recognise the hard work, innovation and dedication of professionals and researchers in mental health,” says Dame Quentin. “An award such as this is the least we can do to show our gratitude and respect for those working in this critical sector.”
Closing date: 31 August 2016