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Telstra Award winner uses platform to advocate for mental health awareness

April 16, 2019


Fiona Grimmer, (pictured left) Marketing Manager with HorizoneOne Recruitment used her acceptance speech at the 2019 Telstra Business Women’s Awards, to highlight the need for mental health support and awareness in the workplace.


Grimmer was named the winner of the 2019 Emerging Leaders Award for the ACT, announced at a gala event held at Canberra’s Hotel Realm on March 12.


Grimmer, who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder six years ago, said mental health, while not a central focus of her application, was at the forefront of her mind when accepting the very prestigious award given the platform it provides to be heard.


“There are so many people out there like me out there who are suffering, yet also thriving while they are living with a mental health illness,” she said when accepting the award.


“Did you know that one in five Australians aged 16-5 experience a mental illness within their lifetime? Almost 50 per cent of those people with a mental illness do not access any treatment.


“I think that is in part not only because of the potential stigma that may come with being diagnosed but also because people don’t understand how absolutely normal it is to experience a mental health issue. It is normal.