The 2022 Lived Experience Workforce Awards are back as part of Mental Health Month and are now open.

The Mental Health Coalition of SA (MHCSA) is committed to building a high quality skilled, qualified, valued and thriving Lived Experience workforce in the SA non-Government (NGO) mental health sector. As a program of the MHCSA, the Lived Experience Workforce Program (LEWP) leads this workforce development and is proud to present these Awards.

We are honoured to recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements of people in paid, designated mental health Lived Experience roles in SA and people who are currently undertaking Peer Work study with SA-based Registered Training Organisations.

In 2022, Awards will be offered over three categories:

Category 1 – Lived Experience Worker (Designated, direct support role)

Recognising an individual in a paid role in the NGO or Government mental health sector, which is a designated Lived Experience role (personal Lived Experience of mental health challenges and periods of healing/recovery or of supporting someone (carer/family) is named as an essential criterion). Their position provides direct support to people experiencing mental health challenges or carers/family. For example Peer Support Worker, Recovery Coach, Carer Consultant, through 1:1 support, facilitating recovery groups or programs.

There will be two Awards within this category: one for a personal Lived Experience role and one for a carer/family role.

You can download a word version of the nomination form here.

You can download a pdf version of the nomination form here.

Category 2 – Lived Experience Leader (Designated role)

Recognising an individual in a paid role in the NGO or Government mental health sector, which is a designated Lived Experience role (personal Lived Experience of mental health challenges and periods of healing/recovery or of supporting someone (carer/family) is named as an essential criterion). The position requires the application of Lived Experience in ways other than direct recovery work as defined in Category 1. For example Lived Experience management, leadership, peer supervision, project work, advocacy, promotion, policy work, education and training (that is not focussed on recovery support) etc.

There will be one Award within this category.

You can download a word version of the nomination form here.

You can download a pdf version of the nomination form here.

Category 3 – Peer Work Student (nominations from RTO)

An individual who is currently studying, has successfully completed or is due to complete the Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work in 2022 with an SA-based Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

There will be one Award within this category.

Individuals must be nominated in one category only. For Categories 1 and 2, they may self-nominate or be nominated by another individual, organisation or service. Category 3 nominations can only be made by a representative of the RTO with which the nominee is/has been enrolled with.

You can download a word version of the nomination form here.

You can download a pdf version of the nomination form here.

All selection criteria must be addressed and are outlined in each Category Nomination Form.