Last week, staff from MHM headed down to Blackpool to represent our services at the annual Positive Practice in Mental Health (PPiMH) Awards on the 12th of October. Excitement was in the air, as we were nominated in two award categories!
PPiMH is a user-led multi agency collaborative of seventy-five organisations, including NHS Trusts, CCGs, charities and service user groups – and MHM is proud to be one of these members. The group helps to promote and improve mental health services by identifying and disseminating evidence of positive practices, working together across organisations and sectors to facilitate shared learning, and raising the profile of mental health with politicians and policy makers. The annual awards are a great opportunity to recognise, celebrate – and learn from – organisations who are leading best practice.
Our Employment Support service in Easington was nominated in the ‘Improving Access & Outcomes in Employment’ category, while our emotional support helpline was nominated for ‘Innovation in Digital Technology.’ The entire organisation was thrilled to receive recognition for these brilliant services. On the night, MHM was represented by both our senior management team and representatives from our fantastic nominated services.
The event brought together the very best of mental health providers and services on a night where all involved were able to recognise their contribution, success and share their stories with other like-minded organisations. It was also an ideal opportunity to network with other providers and explore further joint working opportunities for the future.
As the night rolled on and the awards were being presented, the anticipation continued to grow for MHM’s helpline and Easington Employment Service, wondering when our categories would be announced.
Before we got to that point though, our very own CEO Helen Mackay was up on stage to present one of the award actegories alongside Joe Rafferty of Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust. After the winner was announced, Helen thought she was free to leave the stage – but was asked to stay, as Joe presented Helen with a special award which recognised her 30 years working in mental health services with MHM! It is a phenomenal achievement, which definitely deserved to be recognised in this special way among Helen’s friends and peers.
Then came the time we had been waiting for, our categories! In both, MHM were “highly commended” runners up, accolades of which we are immensely proud. All the nominees were incredible organisations, and we are extremely proud to be recognised at this level and be among such great company!
Clockwise from top: Sonia McGough (Director of Governance); Sarah Wileman (Head of Talking Matters); Helen Mackay (CEO); Helen onstage presenting an award; Aaron Wright (Helpline Team Leader); Stephanie Collins (Employment Specialist Recovery Worker); Michael Tait (Transformation and Engagement Officer); Sarah Wileman; Julie Haley (Head of Social Care).
Also in attendance were Gillian Dobson (Director of Finance), and Bruce Howarth, Chair of MHM’s Board of Trustees.