Queensland Mental Health awards now open for nominations

Open Minds have opened nominations for the annual Queensland Mental Health Week Achievement Awards, with $5,000 available in prize money.

The Awards, now in their 25th year, recognise and celebrate the achievements of those working to reduce stigma and empower those living with mental illnesses.

There are 11 Award categories to be entered, and the overarching winner, as chosen by the judges, will receive $4,000 in prize money. There is also an additional $500 prize offered to the winner of the Jude Bugeja Peer Experience Award, donated by the family of the late Jude Bugeja, whom the award is named after.

The Awards have been an Annual Flagship event for Mental Health Week since 1996, and this year marks 25 years of celebrations, acknowledging the work of the sector.

Any person, organisation or group that runs programs to create awareness or support people with mental illness can nominate themselves for an Award. Winning an award acknowledges innovation, program design and the dedication and commitment to mental health in Queensland.

There is also prize money for some of the award categories which is intended to help the winners continue their fantastic work making a difference to the lives of Queenslanders.

The Achievement Awards take place during Queensland Mental Health Week. This year, the award ceremony will be held on Friday, 15 October 2021 from 7:30am – 10:00am at Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. If you would like to attend the Awards ceremony, sign up to the Open Minds newsletter to be kept in the loop for when tickets go on sale. Below are the categories, nominations can be submitted easily online and entrants can save progress as they go.

The deadline for submitting an award is Monday 2nd August 2021. Nominate here.