Finalists announced for Western Australian Mental Health Awards

  • Finalists recognised in mental health excellence, innovation and initiative.
  • Today is World Mental Health Day
  • Mental Health Minister marks day by handing out mental health resource packs to commuters 
  • Mental Health Minister Roger Cook has announced today the 29 people and organisations who are finalists in this year’s Western Australian Mental Health Awards.

    The nominations include schools, organisations, industry and the media who have been recognised for their actions in promoting mental health education and awareness.

    The awards highlight the achievements of people and organisations from across WA who demonstrate mental health excellence, innovation, and initiative in supporting consumers, families, and carers.

    Today’s announcement was made as part of World Mental Health Day, which falls during the State’s Mental Health Week.

    To mark the occasion, Mental Health Minister Roger Cook and Mental Health Week ambassador Jordan Bruno joined volunteers at Elizabeth Quay train station to distribute mental health resource packs to commuters.

    The resource packs contain advice on how to recognise and prevent mental health issues.

    The packs can also be found at Mental Health Week events across WA.

    Other resources, including how to help someone in distress, can be found online on the Mental Health Commission website (

    The award winners will be announced and celebrated on November 18 on the eve of the two-day WA Mental Health Conference.

    Mental Health Week and the Awards are delivered by the Western Australian Association for Mental Health with funding and support from the WA Mental Health Commission.

    For support call beyondblue on 1300 224 636 for 24/7 free counselling or Lifeline in a crisis situation on 13 11 14.

    As stated by Mental Health Minister Roger Cook:

    “The Western Australian Mental Health Awards play an important part in recognising and rewarding outstanding achievements in improving the mental health and wellbeing of Western Australians.

    “Congratulations to all the finalists for the 2019 Awards who demonstrate some of the very best mental health initiatives in WA.

    “I also encourage Western Australians to use Mental Health Week as a catalyst to take steps in making positive, long-lasting change to their own mental health, and those of their loved ones.”

    Award CategoryFinalists
    Lifeline Promotion or Prevention Award

    Youth Focus

    Mentally Healthy WA


    Lifepath Psychology Consumer Impact & Inspiration Award

    Hayley Solich

    Ashleigh Campbell

    Andris Markovs

    Marisha Gerovich

    Diversity Award

    Perth Inner City Youth Service

    WACHS South West Mental Health, Glenda Humphries

    Youth Involvement Council

    Shire of Murray

    Eric Dillon Consulting Mental Health Employee Excellence Award

    Dorte Dyrbye, Zonta House Refuge Association

    Dr Anand Deshmukh, WA Country Health Service, Pilbara

    Shivani Lala, Southern Cross Care

    Kadi Turner, Kambalda West District School

    Chamber of Minerals and Energy Mentally Healthy Workplace Award

    Indigo Junction

    Rio Tinto

    Macmahon Holdings

    Mentally Healthy Education Award

    Kalamunda Senior High School

    Cooinda Primary School

    Coodanup College

    Mental Health News Media Award

    ABC Drive Show

    Rhianna Mitchell, Seven West Media

    Rochelle Masters, 98.5FM

    Rebecca Turner, ABC

    Lotterywest Innovation for Change Award

    Aboriginal Males Healing Centre

    Graylands Hospital/Cyrenian House AOD Partnership

    Shire of Murray

    Broome Recovery Centre

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