Proud to present West Midlands’ mental health stars



West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) is proud to present the region’s first awards for work to support good mental health and wellbeing.

The Thrive Mental Health Commission Awards, announced on World Mental Health Day in the autumn, take place tomorrow.

Broadcaster Adrian Goldberg will host the event, in the Richardson Suite at The Hawthorns Stadium, home to West Bromwich FC.

Chair of the WMCA Mental Health Commission Norman Lamb MP will join West Midlands Mayor Andy Street to welcome an audience packed with professional and personal experience of mental health issues.

This event will mark what has already been achieved, just one year into the Thrive West Midlands programme, and recognise the superb work taking place across the region.

Sean Russell, Thrive implementation director, said: “It will be a real celebration of all sorts of people’s work to help others and of all the many and varied efforts we see going into improving mental health outcomes in our region.

“We have been delighted with the response to this first awards scheme, with nearly 200 nominations for people from all walks of life, reflecting the depth of dedication to this cause – and the wealth of innovative ideas.”

Sean added that it’s also very much about looking forward.

He said:  “We will be looking at progress in our first year but the evening will also be a chance to flag up all the exciting new developments taking shape now and over the next year.”

The public were invited to nominate anyone they felt had made a positive difference to their own or someone else’s mental wellbeing.

Nominees could be friends, family, work colleagues, carers or health professionals, an individual or someone representing a group or company and it may have been in either a personal or professional situation.

A Mental Health Star Award will go to one person shortlisted from each area – and there will be an overall Mental Health Superstar award.

The red carpet awaits!

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