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Mental Health Gold Award to New Zealand

Mental Health Gold Award to New Zealand

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Arana Pearson accepted The Mental Health Services Conference of Australasia Gold award for excellence from the Hon Tony Abbott, the Australian Minister of Health on 30th August at the conference in Townsville. A summary of the organization follows:

Keepwell Limited: Real Recovery Solutions in Mental Health Training & Publishing 1998 – Currently ongoing Website:

Keepwell has delivered recovery based training workshops throughout Australia and New Zealand since 1998. The director, Arana Pearson is a survivor of mental illness himself and he has worked full time in the organization since leaving the mental health commission in 2003. Last year training events were delivered to 1200 people over 160 organizations throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Keepwell Limited publishes recovery resources. Currently publications are consumer workbooks for recovery, including working with voices, working with self-harm and psychiatric first aid in psychosis. Keepwell has also released a CD music recording of the mental health consumer anthem “I’m just a little mad” (2000) and a relaxation CD of Piano music (2003)
Keepwell also promotes community building and community awareness through its programme of Mad Pride ™. Mad Pride affirms people’s capacities, while sharing information about recovery. It therefore models to mental health services what partnerships and recovery-focused activities can look like.


Keepwell Limited is the only New Zealand Gold award achiever at this years awards. Other winners were Silver award to ComCare Charitable Trust and Professor Ian Falloon received an award for exceptional contribution to mental health services. Ian’s family will be hand delivered his award in the UK and his recent death was honoured by Dr Alan Rosen of Sydney.



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