Authors: SANE Australia
Event: 2001 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: VIC
Award level: Winner
Award category: Exceptional Contribution to Mental Health Services in Australia
Abstract: Anne Deveson has made an enormous contribution to raising community awareness of mental illness, particularly schizophrenia, over the past 16 years. Through her video documentary Spinning Out, screened twice on ABC television, radio programs, and book Tell Me I’m Here, Anne has used her personal experiences and media skills to put schizophrenia and mental illness on the public agenda. She spoke out about her family’s experiences at a time when others were reluctant or unable to ‘go public’ and she has provided consumers and carers with both leadership and support. A founding member of SANE Australia, Anne served on the Board for 15 years and is currently a Patron. She has worked tirelessly, helping consumers and carers with media training, speaking at meetings, giving media interviews and influencing government policy through her media work and representation on government working parties and inquiries. Anne has a rare ability to ‘get on with’ everyone. Her natural warmth, compassion and intelligence is admired and respected equally by consumers, carers, mental health workers, politicians and policy makers.