Two Queensland LGBTIQ advocates and a local youth support service have scored nominations at this year’s Queensland Mental Health Week Achievement Awards.
The annual awards recognise and celebrate local individuals, groups and organisations who are working to reduce stigma and support and empower those living with mental illness.
This year, an LGBTIQ-specific category has been added to this year’s awards to honour people or organisations working to improve the lives of people who identify as LGBTIQ and who live with mental illness.
The nominees for the LGBTI Award are:
Rebecca Johnson, IndigiLez
Rebecca Johnson (pictured above, left) is the co-founder of IndigiLez Womens Leadership and Support Group, which develops and implements a culturally safe space for peer-to-peer support, counselling and cultural resilience activities.
Johnson is an advocate for First Nation LGBTI communities globally, focussing on improving mental health and wellness. She shares her life experience and best practice highlighting health, healing acceptance and respect for ourselves.
She undertakes voluntary international and national community work, in a drive to ensure equality and inclusion.
Dion Tatow, gar’ban’djee’lum Network
Dion Tatow is chairperson of the gar’ban’djee’lum Network, a support group for Queensland LGBTIQ+ Sistergirl and Brotherboy communities offering emotional safety for LGBTIQ+SB people with lived experience of mental health.
The group also plays a vital role in ensuring care pathways are inclusive and free from fear, trauma and isolation.
Wesley Mission QLD – Expanded Horizons
The Expanded Horizons Program provides group and one-on-one support for LGBTIQAP+ youth, or youth questioning sexuality or gender identity.
The program offers two programs to young people – QSPACE, for those aged 12-17; and QPLUS for those aged 18-25 – with both providing resources, guest speakers, peer support and information to enhance pride in identity and buffer against issues of discrimination, homophobia and transphobia.
Winners announced next week
Queensland Mental Health Week is held every year, incorporating World Mental Health Day 10th October. The week aims to increase awareness and interest in positive mental health and wellbeing across the state.
A total of thirty finalists have been been nominated for this year’s Queensland Mental Health Week Achievement Awards, and 10 will be crowned winners at the ceremony at Brisbane City Hall on Friday, October 12.
More details are available on the website here.