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Commissioner Jackie Crowe recognised for her Leadership in 2016 LiFE Awards

28 July 2016

Ms Jackie Crowe, a long-time champion for the rights of people with lived experience, has been awarded the 2016 Leadership LiFE Award for Excellence in Suicide Prevention.  Jackie’s passion and commitment to collaboration and meaningful inclusion of lived experience in suicide prevention has seen her recognised with this important award.

Jackie has been involved in mental health and suicide prevention issues in various advocacy, advisory, public speaking, research, consultancy and commissioner roles – at the local, state, national and international levels.  With both a lived experience of mental ill health and supporting others with mental health conditions, she is a natural advocate for social justice.  Her life work is dedicated to encouraging greater understanding, compassion and respect for people affected by mental ill health and suicidal concerns and families, friends and carers who journey with them.

Chair of the National Mental Health Commission, Professor Allan Fels congratulated Ms Crowe on this well-deserved achievement.  “Jackie’s leadership and ongoing dedication to improving the lives of individuals, families, other support people and indeed communities is unparalleled.  Her energy and compassion for others is truly inspiring.  On behalf of the Commission I sincerely congratulate Jackie.  She is an outstanding example of the exceptional calibre of a small group of tireless Mental Health Commissioners.  Her knowledge and experience provides important guidance and leadership to the Commission’s work.”

Jackie’s lifelong commitment to improving outcomes in suicide prevention and mental health was acknowledged at the 2016 National Suicide Prevention Conference dinner on 26 July 2016.  The award recognises point in time leadership that is above and beyond day-to-day operations or suicide prevention initiatives.  You can read about the 2016 LiFE Awards winners here

2016 LiFE Awards

Photo: Commissioner Crowe with her award with Minister for Health Sussan Ley and the Chair of the National Coalition on Suicide Prevention, Matthew Tukaki.

 

About the LiFE Awards

The Annual LiFE Awards recognise excellence in suicide prevention and are presented at the National Suicide Prevention Conference. The LiFE Awards are a prestigious national event that attract nominations from all areas including business, industry, media, community, government, youth research and medicine – all with an interest in suicide prevention. Nominations are received from all over Australia, and every year we are overwhelmed with the number of quality nominations received showcasing the exciting, innovative and diverse range of programs being undertaken within the field.

Nominees typically range from mainstream programs to local ‘grass roots’ organisations and dedicated individuals. The Awards celebrate the commitment and energy of the nominees and their vital contribution to the reduction of suicide within our communities. In 2016 Suicide Prevention Australia (SPA) is celebrating the 13th Annual LiFE Awards recognising excellence in suicide prevention.

"Even the most disadvantaged Australians should be able to lead a 'contributing life,' whatever that means for them and this simple goal will be our touchstone and yardstick."

Chair Prof Allan Fels AO
National Mental Health Commission

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