The Janey Antoniou Awards
The Janey Antoniou Awards recognise campaigners with lived experience who have made a difference to the lives of people living with mental illness through:
- Raising awareness of the realities of living with mental illness
- Combating stigma associated with mental illnesses
- Campaigning for better care for people affected by mental illness, both in and outside healthcare
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.
2018 Joy Hibbins
A tireless and inspirational campaigner, Joy is the Founder and CEO of the charity Suicide Crisis and the driving force behind achieving the charity’s nation-wide recognition.
2017 Matthew Axbey
Matthew realised he had depression during his first time during university - but from there he took that experience and started Nightline Canterbury, a dedicated helpline for the students experiencing a mental health problem.
2016 Tamanna Miah
As a young Asian girl Tamanna Miah found it difficult to open up about her mental health. Rather than be silenced by the shame, Tamanna used her experience and began campaigning for young people's mental health.
2015 Steven Gilbert
Steven first recognised he was having mental health difficulties in his teens. Steven has taken his experiences to engage engage with the young African and Caribbean men in their local community.
2014 Chris Lynch
Chris, 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. Chris aruns two of our local peer support groups.
2013 Jonny Benjamin
Jonny Benjamin was our very first award winner. His account of living with schizoaffective disorder helped launch him as an international campaigner. His personal account of living with mental illness was turned into the film ‘Finding Mike’.