R U OK? Barbara Hocking Memorial Award

The SSIO in the Canberra region was recognised as a finalist for the R U OK? Barbara Hocking Memorial Award, acknowledging the work of members in the area of mental health. Below is a statement from the website explaining the background of the award:

The Barbara Hocking Memorial Awards aim to:

  • Recognise and celebrate the people and organisations who have made an outstanding effort to support R U OK? in their community
  • Inspire others to support R U OK?
  • Encourage others to have regular meaningful conversations and invest more time in the people around them
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    Barbara Hocking OAM (d. 2016) was one of Australia's leading advocates for people affected by mental illness. Her leadership and achievements leave a lasting legacy in how people living with mental illness and their families are treated and regarded. Barbara was the first full-time Executive-Director of SANE Australia - a national charity working for a better life for all people affected by mental illness through education and support, applied research and campaigning for improved services and attitudes. As well as being a Director of SANE Australia, she also served on the Board of Mental Health Australia and R U OK?

    Excerpt from: RUOK Website