Winners of the Inaugural Don Ritchie Awards for Suicide Prevention

1 February 2013

Suicide Prevention Australia was last night honoured to host the Inaugural NSW Don Ritchie Awards for Suicide Prevention.

Established by the New South Wales state government, the NSW ‘Don Ritchie’ Awards for Suicide Prevention serve to recognise individuals and organisations or community groups in NSW that have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to suicide prevention in their local area.

We would like to offer our congratulations to the winners of the awards;

Organisation Award winner:

RUOK? Foundation

The R U OK? Foundation is dedicated to encouraging people to connect on a regular basis to prevent isolation and other factors that contribute to suicide by hosting a national day of action – R U OK?Day – and developing relevant resources for diverse audiences throughout the year.

Individual Winner Award winner:          

Ann-Maree Hartley

Ann-Maree’s work at the National Association for Grief and Loss (NALAG’s) Suicide Prevention Network, especially in helping to organise NALAG’s Walk Towards Hope. The Walk Towards Hope is an annual initiative to shine a light on suicide prevention in the Central West of NSW, remember those who have lost their lives to suicide, support those bereaved by suicide and stand in solidarity in an effort to reduce the stigma and shame associated with help-seeking behaviour. Ann-Maree was also nominated for setting up her business Hart & Mind Wellbeing which is primarily dedicated to providing a range of services in the area of prevention, intervention and postvention.

Highly Commended Award winner:        

Dramatic Minds Festival Working Party

Accepted by Carolyn Enshaw

Holding the Dramatic Minds Festival for high school students. Four high schools from the region took part and each presented a ten-minute play based on a mental health issue. The students form Oaklands Central School, Corowa High, James Fallon High and Albury High covered issues including bullying, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, grief, loss and autism.