Mental health campaigner, colleague & friend
Janey was an active campaigner for the rights of people with serious mental illness. She worked tirelessly to improve the care of people living with mental health problems, combating stigma and discrimination and ensuring that people with lived experience had a voice.
Tragically, Janey died in hospital in 2010, however her legacy lives on through all she achieved in mental health during her 15 year career.
The Janey Antoniou award has extended that legacy, celebrating campaigners who educate people about mental illness and are affecting real change in the mental health sector.
During her 15-year career in mental health Janey worked at Rethink Mental Illness and also ran training sessions to external organisations on mental illness. She spoke to thousands of people about what it was really like to live with a serious mental illness.
Highlights of her career include being awarded the Chief Superintendent's Commendation for her training activities with the police and being the user representative on the panel that developed the NICE guidelines for schizophrenia. She was also very creative and a published poet.
Click here to read The Independent's obituary to Janey