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FPH Public Mental Health Award: winner and shortlisted entries

FPH is delighted to confirm that the winner of the inaugral FPH Public Mental Health Award is the Torbay Lions Collective, co-ordinated by Gerry Cadogan, Public Health Principal at Torbay Council. 

The Award was presented to Gerry at FPH's conference last week in Brighton: congratulations to everyone who was shortlisted for the award.

The aim of the award is to help share best practice in public mental health, and three of the ten shortlisted entries were filmed to help bring this important issue to life. They are:

  • The work of the Torbay Lions Collective in bringing together a gym, pub, garage, young farmers and other community-led initatives to tackle high suicide rates in the town
  • The emotional wellbeing support that Somerset Council provided to residents forced to leave their homes because of flooding, and how
  • Residents in Lanarkshire are benefiting from the ‘social prescribing’ of exercise and self-help books to help reduce prescribing of medication.

The list of shortlisted entries follows below, and details of their work are available in the Better Mental Health for All report.

1.  Torbay Lions Collective, Torbay Council

2.       NHS Lanarkshire – Well Connected: Social Prescribing for Mental Health and Wellbeing in Lanarkshire

3: Joint third place: NHS Ayrshire and Arran – mental health and wellbeing action plan; Warwickshire County Council – Warwickshire Public Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy and associated action plan (2014-16)

5. Public health, Shropshire Council: Think Good/TaMHS, Broadening the Reach

Highly commended:
•         Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust: COPD manual
•         Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust: Smokefree LCFT
•         NHS Leeds West CCG: patient empowerment project
•         Public Health Dorset: mental health training in Dorset
•         Somerset County Council: emotional wellbeing as part of flood recovery in Somerset