Mind Blank’s Ally Kelly receives award for her suicide prevention initiatives

Ally Kelly, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Mind Blank

Ally Kelly is the Chief Executive Officer and founder of mental health charity, Mind Blank.

Ally Kelly has been awarded with the Outstanding Achievement Award, which is presented by Suicide Prevention Australia as part of the LiFE awards 2021.

Ally Kelly is awarded for Mind Blank

Mind Blank aims to promote mental wellbeing in schools, workplaces and communities.

The LiFE awards recognises excellence in suicide prevention and this event attracts diverse nominations with interest in suicide prevention and support of those affected by suicide.

Ally took out the category of ‘Outstanding Contribution’ for Queensland. She is incredibly proud and honoured to be rewarded for her efforts in mental health and suicide prevention.

This is especially as her charity, Mind Blank, celebrates its 10-year anniversary this year.

Ally says, “It is an absolute honour to accept a LiFE Award. A decade ago I set out on a journey to advocate for a voice for children and young people in this sector space.”

“The honest reality is that I would not be here celebrating today if it wasn’t for the bystander who intervened in my story. At that moment I was given the opportunity to break a cycle of oppression that women in my family have experienced for generations.”

Mind Blank offered Outstanding Contribution award

The Outstanding Contribution Award recognises individuals or organisations that have made an outstanding contribution to address, prevent, or respond to suicidal behaviours and their impact on people, families, communities, and the Australian population.

Since its inception in 2011, Mind Blank has continued to raise the bar to empower Australians to build skills and promote wellbeing in schools, workplaces, and communities.

Ally started Mind Blank as she saw a gap in the sector. Mind Blank programs focus on early intervention to allow individuals/communities to create and support wellness strategies.

The interactive workshops are not only fun and engaging, but provide practical tools to help with early detection, help-seeking, and uptake of a speak-up culture.

Advocating the need for communities to focus on prevention before it gets to a mental health crisis. With perseverance and sheer determination, Ally continues to share her personal story to shine a light on suicide-prevention and early intervention.