Janey Antoniou Award
Janey was a dear friend of Rethink Mental Illness and an inspirational colleague who died tragically in hospital in 2010. In her life she worked tirelessly to improve the care of people living with mental health problems and to fight stigma.
During her 15 year career in mental health she spoke to tens of thousands of people about what it was really like to live with a serious mental illness.
She was also the service user representative on the panel that developed the NICE guidelines for schizophrenia and was awarded the Chief Superintendent's Commendation for her training activities with the police.
Throughout all her achievements she lived with, at times, debilitating depression, anxiety and schizophrenia. This is what we think makes her so special.
Why does she have an award?
We wanted to ensure Janey's legacy by rewarding those that are continuing her work educating people about mental illness and affecting real change in the mental health sector.
This was only made possible by the extremely generous donation of over £20,000 by Janey's family, who will play a key part in picking a winner each year. We will be awarding £1000 annually.
Its an effort to acknowledge all the work she did and make sure the legacy she left behind continues.
Michael (Janey's husband)
Who is this award for?
The award is for a truly exceptional person living with mental illness who has, like Janey, dedicated their time to:
- Raising awareness of the realities of living with Schizophrenia and other mental illnesses
- Combating stigma associated with mental illness including schizophrenia
- Campaigning for the better care for people affected by mental illness, including schizophrenia, both in and outside of healthcare
People working professionally in mental health will only be considered if they have made an exceptional contribution to these areas, in addition to their professional role.
This award is for an amazing person, an inspirational person who puts themselves on the line to make changes to the mental health system. Because that’s what Janey did.
Vanessa (friend & colleague)
Thank you for all your nominations – the deadline for submitting the form has now passed. We will reveal the winner of Janey Antoniou Award 2013 during our National Members’ Day on 2 November.