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

    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

    R U OK? Barbara Hocking Memorial Award – Finalist!

    The judging panel have been truly inspired by the nominations received for The Barbara Hocking Memorial Awards. As a small team of just nine we never underestimate the value of our supporters helping us to spread the R U OK? message, and it has been humbling to take a moment to appreciate those such as yourself who are going above and beyond.

    I am delighted to inform you that Sathya Sai International Organisation of Australia (Canberra Community) has been selected as a finalist for the Community category.

    Your outstanding work in spreading the R U OK? message within your community has delivered real impact, encouraging others to have regular, meaningful conversations and invest more time in the people around them.

    As a finalist we would like to invite you to join us for the Awards ceremony which will be held in Sydney on Thursday 30 May.

    In recognition of the significant work you have carried out in support of R U OK? and with thanks to our Campaign Partner MTAA, we would like to offer to cover your travel and accommodation for the event.

    Thank you once again for being such a valued member of the R U OK? family and we hope to see you at the Awards for what will no doubt be an incredibly inspirational evening.

    Kind regards,
    Katherine Newton
    CEO | R U OK?