The winner of this year’s Australian Mental Health Prize says more needs to be done to include people with a lived experience of mental health issues in the development of services.

Janet Meagher has schizophrenia and has spent the last 37 years advocating on behalf of people with mental illness and psychosocial disabilities.

She is a founding member of the NSW Consumer Advisory Group, has served as a commissioner on the National Mental Health Commission and as secretary of the World Federation for Mental Health and was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia in 1996.

She was awarded the 2017 Australian Mental Health Prize along with the Chairman of the National Mental Health Commission, Professor Allan Fels.

Janet Meagher says we’ve come a long way in terms of accepting and including people with mental illness into society, but says there’s still a lot to be done.

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