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Congratulations to Peninsula Health cardiologist Dr Geoffrey Toogood for being awarded this year’s Australian Mental Health Prize for a person with lived experience.
Dr Toogood is known for his mental health advocacy, and the globally recognised ‘Crazy Socks for Docs Day,’ a day focused on breaking down stigma surrounding mental health among doctors.
“It is an honour to receive this prize,” says Dr Toogood. “I am very humbled to have my work acknowledged, especially for doctors both here in Australia and internationally.”
Having triumphed over his own significant periods of mental illness, Dr Toogood’s mission to destigmatise mental health was recognised and celebrated through this award.
“This award shows that lived experience is powerful,” adds Dr Toogood. “People with lived experience can provide good insight and are the very leaders that organisations should engage with.”
The prize was awarded at The University of New South Wales’ (UNSW) annual Australian Mental Health Prize ceremony, first held in 2016.
We would like to once again congratulate Dr Toogood for his invaluable work in the mental health field, and for his commitment to mental health advocacy.