Authors: SANE Australia
Event: 2009 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: VIC
Award level: Special Judges Award
Award category: Specialist Service or Part of a Larger Service
Abstract: Reporting and acting on issues that matter to people affected by mental illness. Since 2005, the SANE Research Bulletins have brought together the views of people affected by mental illness, providing real-world evidence to support advocacy for improved services and attitudes. These succinct yet thorough research bulletins provide authentic, ‘real world’ evidence and commentary on mental health issues and recommendations for action. Strategic distribution of Bulletins and promotion of their findings through the media and to a wide range of stakeholders help ensure that recommendations can be noted and acted upon. They are also disseminated as a free download from the SANE website at www.sane.org. Research Bulletins are often ‘agenda setting’ for key decision makers in all levels of government, clinical and private sectors, as they document and reflect the views and experiences of so many people affected by mental illness. Description of Facility/Organisation: SANE Australia is an independent national charity working for a better life for people affected by mental illness through education, applied research and campaigning for improved services and attitudes. SANE operates the SANE Helpline, a national Freecall 1800 Helpline and Helpline Online, offering information and advice on mental illness. SANE promotes understanding of all mental illnesses through an award-winning range of education products and services for those affected, their family and friends, health professionals and the general community. The SANE Media Centre works with media and mental health workers to improve the accuracy and balance of reporting and portrayal of mental illness and suicide in the media. It incorporates the StigmaWatch program which monitors and takes action on inaccurate and stigmatising reports from 1000 volunteers around the country, while acknowledging positive reporting and portrayals. SANE conducts applied research which aims to make a real difference to the lives of Australians affected by mental illness.