Authors: Mental Illness Education ACT
Event: 2007 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: ACT
Award level: Finalist
Award category: Mental Health Promotion or Mental Illness Prevention Program or Project
Abstract: Mental Illness Education ACT (MIEACT) is a highly regarded community organisation that since 1993 has promoted understanding and awareness of mental health throughout the ACT community. Using a community development framework, MIEACT has created innovative ways to decrease stigma towards people with mental illness and increase understanding of mental health issues. Central to its educational programs are the voices of people with stories of mental illness. MIEACT has an extraordinary group of volunteers –each with personal experience of living with a mental illness - involved in the development and delivery of programs. Programs include ? school education program and website about broad mental health issues for young people ? community theatre project, book and online gallery about body image and self esteem for young people ? community education program and radio program for the general community ? Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Program for the Chinese, Finnish and Tongan communities Description of Facility/Organisation: MIEACT founded in 1993 and incorporated in 1998 is a highly respected innovator in the provision of mental health education and training in the ACT. Through the Mental Illness Education Australia Coalition it is affiliated with similar organisations throughout Australia. MIEACT’s core business revolves around an extraordinary group of volunteers with a personal experience of living with a mental illness who donate their time to conduct presentations. MIEACT conducts approximately 200 sessions annually with school, community and Government agencies. ACT Health provides core funding of $230,000 and smaller grants have been received Healthpact since 1995 and more recently from ACT Health Promotion Grants. Staff team 1 full time and 6 part time; Number of volunteers 50. We have received numerous awards in recognition of the excellent management and contribution of volunteers, and contribution to the improvement to services in mental health.