Mental health work honoured

Colac’s Orange Door members Rachel Kettle, Tanya Price, Pauline Pearce, Jake Callahan and Helen Smart, not pictured, won a community organisation award.

Colac’s Orange Door has earned recognition for its promotion of positive mental health and wellbeing in the community at the Colac Otway Mental Health Week awards.

The support service for people experiencing family violence and needing support with the care of children won the community organisation award.

The award recognises activities such as the provision of individual case management, health promotion activities, provision of information relating to mental health and wellbeing and participation, and connection via support of individuals personally affected by mental health issues.

Orange Door’s team leader Pauline Pearce said winning the award was a humbling surprise.

“It means a lot to us, it’s very humbling to be recognised by the sector for the work that you do, particularly when we don’t think of ourselves as mental health workers as such,” she said.

“But of course, the work that we do does contribute to better mental health outcomes for everybody in terms of working with vulnerable families or women impacted by family violence, so any intervention really assists everyone’s mental health outcomes.”

Colac’s Ss Johns’ play group’s Margaret Hyde, Lyn Murdoch and Hilary Hann won the mental health champion award, for excelling in the promotion of mental health and wellbeing and showing exceptional commitment to improving the lives of people affected by mental health issues.

The Mental Health Week awards recognise and celebrate the contribution of individuals and organisations involved in the promotion of mental health and wellbeing in the Colac Otway region.

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