Previous Janey Award Winners
Current winner – Tamanna Miah
Though only 23, Tamanna has been challenging attitudes and addressing stigma and discrimination for over 12 years, despite her own struggles with mental illness. Tamanna developed anxiety and depression after experiencing bullying, Islamophobia and racism at school. She says:
‘ As a young Asian girl I found it particularly difficult to open up about my mental health, as there is quite a lot of stigma and shame when it comes to mental illness in the Asian community. Rather than deter me, my experiences have motivated me to campaign for improved mental health services as I really believe that access to the right care and support can save lives.’
2015 winner – Steven Gilbert
“My mental health difficulties began in my late teens and continued with bouts of depression during my postgraduate studies. I was eventually diagnosed with bipolar disorder and more recently complex PTSD. I’ve been really active as a Time to Change champion and worked on the 300 Voices project to engage young African and Caribbean men. I will continue to fight for parity of esteem and to reduce stigma.”
2014 winner – Chris Lynch
Chris, our 2014 winner, works tirelessly as a mental health campaigner and is a service-user representative for many organisations, including the Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and the British Psychological Society. Chris is also a group coordinator for Rethink Mental Illness and facilitates the running of two successful evening groups for people in the local community who need support.
On winning the award, Chris said, “I’m passionate about support for one reason: I received so much of it myself when I needed it the most. So many people don’t have this support, and this is what has and always will motivate me to help wherever I can, in whatever way I can.”
2013 winner – Jonny Benjamin
2013 was the first year of the Janey Antoniou award. It was presented to mental health blogger Jonny Benjamin, who’s account of living with schizoaffective disorder helped launch Jonny as an international campaigner and inspired our judges. Jonny now has over 10,000 followers on his You Tube account and has had his story turned into the film ‘Finding Mike’ plus an accompanying stage show.
Jonny said ‘I was really honoured and very, very touched. To be considered for it was amazing and to win was amazing. I don’t do what I do to get awards – I do it to stop people going through what I did in silence. The only way we’ll get rid of stigma is if we are more open
Do you know someone who has dedicated their time improve the lives of people with mental illness? Nominate them for a 2017 Janey Award.