Recognise an extraordinary person with the Janey Antoniou Award
We would like to thank everyone who submitted their nominations for the Janey Antoniou Award 2014. We have received an overwhelming number of excellent entries. The nominations are now closed. We will be revealing the winners at our National Members’ Day on 8 November 2014 in Manchester and online on our website, Facebook and Twitter.
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.
It's 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 or their carers who have, 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.