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New categories for mental health awards!

August 29, 2018

This year, Open Minds is delighted to announce two new categories to the Queensland Mental Health Week Achievement Awards, for LGBTI and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The Queensland Mental Health Week Achievement Awards aim to recognize and celebrate the achievements of those working tirelessly to reduce stigma and empower those living with mental illnesses.

Whilst these prestigious awards have always been open to people of all cultures and backgrounds, Open Minds has this year added two exciting new categories to acknowledge the challenges faced by those working to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and LGBTI Communities.

Simon James, CEO of Open Minds, said: “We are proud to have added these two very important categories to the Queensland Mental Health Week Achievement Awards in 2018, and to welcome Recovered Futures (RFQ) and QuaC as sponsors for these new categories. These award categories celebrate the dedicated work of those improving mental health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the LGBTI community. Any person, organisation or group that runs programs to create awareness or reduce stigma for mental illness should absolutely be nominating themselves for one of our 10 prestigious awards. All nominations go through a rigorous judging process and winning an award demonstrates serious dedication and commitment to mental health in Queensland. The Awards provide our colleagues in the sector, as well as families, carers, and people with lived experiences, with well-deserved accolades and acknowledgement.”

The Achievement Awards take place during Queensland Mental Health Week, which is in the week of World Mental Health Day on 10 October. This year, the week will be celebrated from Saturday 6 October to Sunday14 October 2018.

Winners of the overarching Earle Duus Memorial Award receive a $4,000 prize to continue their positive initiatives and programs.

Why add new categories?

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 18 years or older are twice as likely as non-Indigenous people to feel high or very high levels of psychological distress.

The new category for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples Award has been developed to recognise and celebrate those who support and empower this community. 

Did you know that LGBTI individuals in Australia are twice as likely to be diagnosed and treated for mental health disorders compared to the general population? A staggering 57.2% of transgender and gender diverse people aged 18 and over have been diagnosed with depression in their lifetime.

The LGBTI award category is therefore open to any individual, group or organisation that demonstrates a commitment to improving the life of Queenslanders who are LGBTI and living with mental illness, and by promoting their inclusion in the community.

The full list of categories are: Individual Award, Media Award, Youth Award, Jude Bugeja – Peer Experience Award, Not-For-Profit Organisation Award - Sme (1-100 Staff), Not-For-Profit Organisation Award - Large (101+ Staff), Workplace Award – Sme (1-200 Staff), Workplace Award – Large (201+ Staff), Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Peoples Award, Lgbti Award, Earle Duus - Overarching Award.

The awards breakfast ceremony will take place on Friday 12th October 2018 from 7:30 – 10:00am.

It’s your time to shine! Nominate for an award here before the nomination deadline of Monday 3rd September 2018:


About Open Minds

Open Minds is a leading provider of mental health and disability support services in Queensland and Northern New South Wales. With over 100 years of history, Open Minds is committed to its purpose of enabling an independent and positive future for people living with mental illness and disabilities. Open Minds is also a registered NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) provider, with over 300 employees.

Open Minds is proud to host the Queensland Mental Health Week Achievement Awards on behalf of the Queensland Mental Health Commission.

We would like to thank this year’s Achievement Awards sponsors: Brook Red, The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP), QuAc, Recovered Futures (RFQ), QLD Health. 

Media are invited to attend the 2018 Queensland Mental Health Week Achievement Awards on Friday 12th October 2018 from 7:30 – 10:00am. For further information on the Achievement Awards, please contact:

Natalie George

Senior Marketing & Communications Officer

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