The Northern Territory Mental Health Coalition proudly presents the 2018 Mental Health Week Community Awards.

The Awards recognise exceptional individuals who demonstrate outstanding commitment to improving the lives of people with a mental illness.

The six Mental Health Week Award categories are:

  1. Lived Experience Award
  2. Young Persons Award (12-25)
  3. Mental Health Carers Recognition Award
  4. Mental Health Workers Award
  5. Phil Dempster Award
  6. Excellence in Mental Health Workplace Award

Criteria for each award category:

 

Lived Experience Award

Mental illness is very common in our communities and almost half (45%) of Australians will experience a mental illness in their lifetime.
The Black Dog Institute advises that one in five (20%) of Australians with a mental illness in a year, 11.5% have a disorder and 8.5% have two or more disorders.
This award is to recognise individuals with lived experience of mental illness who strive to:

  • Raise awareness around the challenges associated with living with a mental illness
  • Overcome challenges to achieve their goals
  • Support people affected by mental illness through advocacy
  • Educate themselves and other about the facts of mental illness
  • Works collaboratively with organisations, individuals and the wider community
  • Reduces stigma around mental illness
  • Contributes to the community either in a paid or unpaid role

You can nominate yourself or nominate someone else on their behalf, for example you might like to nominate a friend or colleague who has a lived experience of mental illness and has made a positive difference to mental health in the NT. If your nomination is for another person you must seek their approval prior to submission.
Nominees must be a resident of the NT.

 

Young Person Award (aged 12 – 25)

Research has found that half of all lifetime mental health disorders emerge by age 14 and three quarters by age 24. The Report on the Second Australian Child and Adolescent Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing, found that 14.4% of adolescents aged 12 -17 years experienced a mental health disorder in the previous 12 months.
This award recognises a young person who displays an advocacy role to promote mental health and wellbeing, actively promotes mental health awareness in the community and discusses barriers encountered and how these barriers can be overcome.
A young person needs to evidence that they:

  • Champion and demonstrates a passion for mental health advocacy
  • Are mindful of their own mental wellbeing
  • Support other to look after their mental health and wellbeing

You can nominate yourself or nominate someone else on their behalf, for example you might like to nominate a friend or colleague who has made a positive difference to mental health in the NT. If your nomination is for another person you must seek their approval prior to submission.
Nominees must be a resident of the NT.

 

Mental Health Carers Recognition Award

The mental health carer’s recognition award recognises and celebrates unpaid carers, who support individuals with lived experience of mental health across the NT. The award’s aim is to raise awareness and acknowledge the extraordinary contribution unpaid carers make in the NT.
This award will be presented to an unpaid cater and is required to evidence:

  • What the carer’s contribution involves in the local and wider community
  • How this impacts on the reduction of stigma for the individual they care for, or others in the community
  • The carers involvement to support the person being cared for in community activities
  • Provide evidence of how this supports improvement in health, confidence and/or wellbeing of the individual being cared for
  • Provide evidence of carer advocacy on behalf of the individual they care for and their own rights as a carer

You can nominate yourself or nominate someone else on their behalf, for example you might like to nominate a friend or colleague who has made a positive difference as an unpaid carer. If your nomination is for another person you must seek their approval prior to submission.
Nominees must be a resident of the NT.

 

Mental Health Workers Award

This category is open to any individual working in the mental health sector, who has made an outstanding contribution to the mental health Workforce in the NT, has a commitment to improving the quality of life of Territorians living with mental illness and promotes their inclusion in the community.
This award will be presented to a Mental Health Worker working in the mental health sector and is required to evidence:

  • That the worker demonstrates respect and compassion towards people who live with a mental illness, their families and /or carers
  • Their commitment to promoting the rights of people with a mental illness
  • Their commitment to educating the wider community on issues relating to mental illness
  • Their commitment to positively raising awareness of mental illness in the wider community and
  • How they promote positive mental health in the NT community

You can nominate yourself or nominate someone else on their behalf, for example you might like to nominate a friend or colleague who has made a positive difference to mental health in the NT. If your nomination is for another person you must seek their approval prior to submission.

Nominees must be a resident of the NT.

 

Phil Dempster Recognition Award

This award recognises the contribution made by Phil Dempster’s years of advocacy for individuals and their families living with mental illness both within the Northern Territory and Nationally. He made significant contributions to the suicide prevention cause in the Northern Territory through his foundation membership of the Top End Suicide Prevention Network and via his position as the Northern Territory Network Developer (suicide prevention) for Wesley LifeForce. Phil is remembered fondly for his commitment to supporting families and carers of those with mental health issues.

This category is open to any individual working in the mental health sector, who has made an outstanding contribution to the mental health Workforce in the NT, has a commitment to improving the quality of life of Territorians living with mental illness and advocates their inclusion in the community.

This award will be presented to a Mental Health Worker working in the mental health sector and is required to evidence:

  • Commitment to promoting the valued role of people with mental issues in the wider community
  • Commitment to promoting the rights of people with a mental illness
  • Commitment to educating the wider community on issues relating to mental illness
  •  Commitment to positively raising awareness of mental illness in the wider community and
  • Promote positive mental health across the Northern Territory and Nationally.

You can nominate yourself or nominate someone else on their behalf, for example you might like to nominate a friend or colleague who has made a positive difference to mental health in the Northern Territory. If you are nominating for another person you must seek their approval prior to submission.

Nominees must be a resident of the Northern Territory and working in Mental Health.

 

Excellence in Mental Health, Workplace Award

Recognising employers and organisations who have actively created a positive work experience for all employees and supports employees in their mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.

  • Provide a brief description of the program or project and how it enhances the quality of life, wellbeing and inclusion of people within your workplace
  • What were the key factor which led the organisation to develop and implement this initiative in the work place

You can nominate yourself or nominate someone else on their behalf, for example you might like to nominate a friend or colleague who has made a positive difference to mental health in the NT. If your nomination is for another person you must seek their approval prior to submission.

Nominees must be a resident of the NT.