Thirty finalists have been shortlisted for the 2018 Queensland Mental Health Week Achievement Awards, but only 10 will be crowned winners at the ceremony on Friday 12 October 2018.

The awards recognise and celebrate individuals, groups and organisations working tirelessly to reduce stigma and support and empower those living with mental illness.

Now in its sixth year, the awards ceremony takes place during Queensland Mental Health Week, and it is considered a major event on the Queensland Mental Health Week annual calendar.

The 10 Award categories recognise individuals, workplaces, not-for-profits, as well as people with lived experiences of mental illnesses who now use their experiences to help others.

This year, two new award categories were added: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Award and LGBTI Award. These new categories recognise those who empower and work to improve the lives of people who identify with those communities and live with mental illness.

The awards breakfast and presentation ceremony will take place on Friday 12 October from 7:30am – 10:00am at Brisbane City Hall.

This year, a record number of nominations were received and judged by a panel of judges.

Simon James, CEO of Open Minds, said: “The Awards provide our colleagues in the mental health sector, as well as families, carers, and those with lived experiences, with well-deserved accolades and acknowledgement.

Being shortlisted as a finalist in itself is testament to the hard work and dedication these people and organisations have demonstrated towards people living with mental illness.

We are pleased to have received more nominations this year than ever before, and we look forward to this event continuing to grow in reputation and prestige. On behalf of everyone at Open Minds, our sincere congratulations to our awards finalists and nominees, and we look forward to celebrating with everyone at the presentation breakfast."

Tickets are available for the Queensland Mental Health Week Achievement Awards breakfast, and selling fast.  Visit the website to secure your tickets.

To see a full list of the finalists and descriptions go to the website here.

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