Recognise an extraordinary person with the Janey Antoniou Award
Nominations for the Janey Antoniou Award 2014 are now open – your opportunity to nominate someone special for the recognition they deserve in going the extra mile to fight stigma and discrimination in mental illness.
When we launched the Janey Antoniou Award last year we could not have predicted the amazing journey that lay ahead of the winner, Jonny Benjamin. From the successful #findmike social media campaign to the premiere of the Finding ‘Mike’ film, Jonny’s story has captured the hearts of thousands of people and would have made Janey proud.
I am really honoured and very very touched. I don't do what I do to get awards... but of course it's great to get recognised
Award winner 2013 Jonny Benjamin
We are once again looking for a truly exceptional person living with or affected by mental illness who has, like Janey, dedicated their time to raising awareness of the realities of living with schizophrenia and other mental illnesses – particularly in combating stigma and discrimination, and campaigning for better care for people affected by mental illness. If you know someone who fits the bill, what better way of saying ‘thank you’ and recognising their contribution to mental illness, than to nominate them for the 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.
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.
Online application form
Janey Antoniou was a dear friend and colleague who passed away tragically in 2010. For over 15 years she worked tirelessly to educate people on the realities of living with mental illness through campaigning, research and education.
In partnership with her family, Rethink Mental Illness has set up this annual award of £1000 to someone who was as exceptional and inspiring as her. Please help us to find someone as exceptional as Janey and help us prolong her legacy.
The deadline for all applications is 31 August 2014