The 2022 Janey Antoniou Award for campaigning

 

At Rethink Mental Illness we know the impact that campaigners with lived experience of mental illness can have.

That’s why we are excited to announce that nominations for our annual Janey Antoniou award for campaigning are now open. You can nominate yourself or someone else for the award.

Janey Antoniou was a dear friend of Rethink Mental Illness and an inspirational colleague. During her 15 year career in mental health she worked tirelessly to improve the care of people living with mental health problems. Throughout all her achievements she lived with debilitating depression, anxiety and schizophrenia.

Each year we present the Janey Antoniou Award in recognition of an individual who has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of people affected by mental illness and continue the legacy of Janey's work. Thanks to a generous gift from Janey's family, the winner of this award receives £1,000. Two finalists receive £100 each.

Click here to submit a nomination

Campaigning can mean different things to different people, so we are eager to hear about the ways in which you or someone you know has made a difference. The nominee doesn’t have to be a Rethink Mental Illness campaigner, so long as they are someone living with mental illness who has campaigned in a voluntary capacity (i.e. not as part of their job). People working professionally in mental health (as a peer support worker, social worker, psychiatrist, psychologist etc) will only be considered if they have made an exceptional contribution in addition to their professional role.

Their campaigning could be:

  • Raising awareness of the realities of living with mental illness
  • Combating stigma associated with mental illnesses
  • Campaigning to improve the lives of people affected by mental illness by calling for better policies, practices or funding

Maybe they've been campaigning to raise awareness of mental illness in ethnic minority communities, challenging the myths and stigma about their condition or campaigning to improve services locally or nationally.

For some inspiration, take a look at our interview with the 2021 winner Nkasi Stoll who is going to be one of this year’s judges.

Now’s your chance to make sure they are recognised for the passion and hard work that goes into campaigning.

To submit your nomination click here. Please email your completed form to campaigns@rethink.org titled 'JANEY AWARD' or post to: FAO Alex Kennedy, FREEPOST Rethink London. If possible, please send the nomination for to us as an email attachment. Forms filled in by hand will be considered but take additional time to process so are discouraged.

The closing date for nominations is midnight on Sunday 18 September.

Submit your nomination

Do you know someone who you think makes a difference to the lives of people affected by mental illness? Make a nomination today.

Previous winners

About Janey Antoniou

Janey Antoniou was a dear friend of Rethink Mental Illness and an inspirational colleague. During her 15 year career in mental health she worked tirelessly to improve the care of people living with mental health problems. Throughout all her achievements she lived with debilitating depression, anxiety and schizophrenia.
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