2022 Awards Winners

Congratulations to all our winners for the 2022 Mental Health Matters Awards

Wayahead Workplaces

Wellbeing Award – WINNER

Cow Are you Going?

The Rural Adversity Mental Health Program and NSW Women in Dairy Partnership

Together they have implemented a range of initiatives that promote a positive workplace and increased mental health outcomes providing state-wide mental health support to Women in Dairy and the Dairy Industry.  

Mental Health Matters Community Initiative Award – WINNER

Supporting Refugees and Migrants through Life Mentoring Skills

Mentoring Men

Aims to reduce the social isolation of recently arrived, Arabic speaking refugee men, focusing on proactive prevention, by providing free, long-term, one-to-one life mentoring with a professionally trained volunteer Mentor for those experiencing distress or isolation. 

Mental Health Matters Youth Award – WINNER

2021 Need a lift? Youth Photography Competition

NSLHD Child and Youth Mental Health Service

Northern Sydney Local Health District Child and Youth Mental Health Service, and Health Promotion Service. Youth run competition is to hear from young people on what “uplifts their mood” and to promote healthy mental health strategies through the use of photography with the wider community. 

Mental Health Matters Rainbow
Inclusion Award sponsored by ACON – WINNER

QI Project: Gender Affirmative Practice

by Talia Burton & Darren Vongsouvanh- Gna Ka Lun

Gna Ka Lun – Campbelltown Hospital

The Gna Ka Lun, Child and Adolescent Inpatient Unit is the pilot site forr this QI project aims to create ‘The Gender Sphere’, which is an LGBTQIA+ supportive, inclusive and resourceful atmosphere for diverse consumers accessing our services.

Aboriginal Social and Emotional Wellbeing Award – WINNER

YAMP – Young Aboriginal Mothers Program


YAMP is an early intervention service which supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander wiyanga (mothers) and their mudjin (families), particularly their jarjums (young babies). Gunawirra provides a safe space for wiyangas and jarjums to gather on a weekly basis and is delivered by Aboriginal elders. 

Mental Health Matters Media and the Arts – WINNER


A co-production between Milk Crate Theatre and Shopfront Arts Co-op

This production explores the delineation between inner and outer worlds, who are we? And how do we cope when no one is looking, especially if we feel there is something about ourselves that makes us different from others?

Outstanding Achievement in Mental Health Promotion Award – WINNER

How’s Ya Mate?

Lifeline Broken Hill Country to Coast

Aims to improve the mental health and wellbeing of sporting club communities by providing training and counselling, starting conversations and breaking down stigmas associated with mental health in the Broken Hill region.  

Julie Leitch Leadership through Lived Experience Award – WINNER

Julie Hering

Julie developed an excellent psychosocial holistic program for PTSD sufferers, Willow Tree Support Services, facilitating a monthly gathering and orchestrates the reconnecting back to nature.