T.A. Sweet Award

(Mental Health Advocate of the Year)

About the T.A. Sweet Award

The TA Sweet award is presented annually to a non-physician member of the pulbic who has made a major contribution to the understanding of mental illness and its impact on individuals in society.

Previous recipients have included leaders in volunteer and community activities, people from the field of journalism and individuals who suffer from mental illness. Our most recent recipients were: Ron Ellis, Lt. General (Ret.) Roméo Dallaire, Anne Murray, Phil Upshall, Senator Michael Kirby, William MacPhee, Michael Bay, Robert Munsch, Sister Margaret Smith, Margaret Trudeau, Voices from the Street, Brother Richard MacPhee, Clara Hughes, Ann Dowsett Johnston and Sgt. Lorna Bruce.

Dr. Ted A. Sweet was the Secretary of the Ontario Neuro-Psychiatric Association from 1946 until the early 1960s, well after the ONPA had changed its name to the Ontario Psychiatric Association in 1956. His characteristic signature appeared throughout the minute books of that period. He was a physician at the Ontario Hospital, Whitby, until his retirement in 1965. In his will, he left a bequest to the OPA that was to be used for a good purpose.


The 2018 OPA TA Sweet Award – Mental Health Advocate of the Year Winner is Heather Stuart

Heather Stuart, PhD, Professor and Bell Canada Mental Health and Anti-stigma Research Chair, Department of Public Health Sciences, Queen's University

BIOGRAPHY

Heather Stuart is a social-epidemiologist specializing in psychiatric epidemiology and mental health services research. Dr. Stuart is a Full Professor and Bell Canada Mental Health and Anti-Stigma Research Chair in the Department of Public Health Sciences at Queen’s University, with cross appointments to the Department of Psychiatry and School of Rehabilitation. She is Senior Consultant to the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s Opening Minds, Anti-Stigma Program and Past Chair of the Scientific Section on Stigma and Mental Disorders, World Psychiatric Association. She has contributed to the peer reviewed scientific literature in the areas of mental health needs assessments; suicide and suicide prevention; stigma and stigma reduction; and workplace mental health and is the co-author of several books. Her most recent books deal with anti-stigma programming and human rights legislation.  She holds an MA in Sociology and a PhD in Epidemiology.

Dr. Stuart's main research interests are in the areas of psychiatric epidemiology and community mental health research. She has worked in both hospital and community based mental health treatment systems and with international agencies such as the World Health Organization, the Pan American Health Organization, and the World Psychiatric Association. Dr. Stuart is Co-founder and Co-chair of the Scientific Section on Stigma and Mental Disorders for the World Psychiatric Association and the Founding Editor of the International Federation of Psychiatric Epidemiology Bulletin.

The OPA Mental Health Advocate of the Year (T.A. Sweet) Award is presented annually to a non-physician member of the public who has made a major contribution to the understanding of mental illness and its impact on individuals in society.

Dr. Ted A. Sweet was the Secretary of the Ontario Neuro-Psychiatric Association from 1946 until the early 1960s, well after the ONPA had changed its name to the Ontario Psychiatric Association in 1956.


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