The MHCSA would like to congratulate the very deserving winners of the 2018 MHCSA Lived Experience Awards, Kez Robelin and Kylie Harrison!
The Mental Health Coalition of SA Lived Experience Awards recognises the contribution of those with a lived experience of mental illness to the community mental health sector within its membership.
Kez has been responsible for inspiring and enabling people with a lived experience to study, volunteer, gain paid positions and to value the Lived Experience voice in our community.
In Uniting SA Kez has improved the recognition of Lived Experience. She has had an influence on service delivery staff, Uniting SA senior management, and HR and WHS teams. Her work has ensured that Uniting SA has processes, policies and supports that are Lived Experience and Person Centred.
Kylie has mentored and supported peer work trainees and also works one on one with consumers to help them reach their goals in their recovery journey (including having poetry and short story books published) while sharing her own experiences of recovery.
Kylie has been an integral part of the process of developing, marketing, networking and delivering community education presentations. She has made over one hundred and fifty presentations to Universities, TAFE, SAPOL, schools and other community groups, targeted at increasing knowledge and increasing community capacity. Data shows a 72% reduction in stigma for attendees at her talks.
Well done, and thank you to both Kez and Kylie for your incredible achievements and contributions to the community mental health sector!