Nominations will open tomorrow for the Australian Mental health prize, seeking to recognise the importance and ground-breaking work that is being done for mental health, with an additional four categories.
Australian Mental Health Prize Advisory Committee co-chair Lucy Brogden said this was a good chance to shine a light on those who had shown outstanding leadership.
"There is no doubt that the past few years have been some of the most challenging in recent history," she said.
"Yet many inspiring Australians have shown true leadership in supporting good mental health and the prevention and treatment of mental illness, in areas such as advocacy, research or community service.
"We want people across the country to nominate these heroes so that we can acknowledge their important work."
Co-chair and past winner, Professor Allan Fels, is encouraging the public and organisations to nominate those who are making an incredible difference.
"Australia has produced some astoundingly effective mental health initiatives and programs," he said.
"Recognising this work will help to keep mental health on the national agenda and support good mental health in this country.
"While a lot has been achieved and is in progress, there is still so much more to be done.
"I strongly encourage all Australians to nominate someone whom they believe should be recognised for their critical work in mental health."
Among the new categories are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander; lived experience; professional and community hero.
The Australian Mental Health Prize was established in 2016.
To enter, nominators will answer three questions about the nominee's contribution to mental health and how it is making an impact.
Entries open on June 14 and close on August 1. The winners will be announced in late September.
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