YEP HEALTH AWARDS: Still time to name your mental health hero

Mental Health Worker of the Year Nicky Taylor recieves her award from Rob Hayes, Partner at Schofield Sweeney, and Clare Frisby.
Yorkshire Evening Post Best of Health Awards 2015. Queens Hotel, Leeds.  7 December 2015.  Picture Bruce Rollinson
Mental Health Worker of the Year Nicky Taylor recieves her award from Rob Hayes, Partner at Schofield Sweeney, and Clare Frisby. Yorkshire Evening Post Best of Health Awards 2015. Queens Hotel, Leeds. 7 December 2015. Picture Bruce Rollinson
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Mental health issues affect 85,000 adults in Leeds - many of whom will have received support from specialist workers.

Now, the Yorkshire Evening Post is giving readers the chance to highlight those providing that vital help through its Best of Health Awards 2016.

The Mental Health Worker of the Year category is open to anyone working in this large and varied field no matter what their role - if they deserve to be recognised, we want to hear about them.

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The call has been backed by the head of Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which provides mental health services across the city.

Chief executive Dr Sara Munro said: “Working in the field of mental health and learning disability care can often be challenging, with many hours being spent to ensure all service users receive a high standard of care.

“It is important that hard work and commitment is recognised, and the Best of Health Awards are an excellent opportunity to celebrate the amazing and inspiring work that goes on every day.”

This week, the YEP has launched its major #SpeakYourMind campaign to encourage people to speak out about mental health issues and help break down stigma around the subject.

There’s still time to nominate in the Best of Health Awards, which are sponsored by West Yorkshire firm Sovereign Health Care.

There are 10 categories, including for doctors, nurses, midwives and emergency response workers.

We also want to hear about amazing community health workers - such as dentists or pharmacists, paid or unpaid carers and top teams.

For those who usually stay in the background, there is the unsung hero category and there’s a special recognition award for an incredible individual, team or family.

Nominations can be put forward by anyone, whether a patient, service user or health professional.

The closing date is October 19, after which a panel of expert judges will then pick the winners from a shortlist in each category.

Shortlisted nominees will be invited to a glitzy awards lunch at The Queens Hotel, in Leeds, on December 5, when the winners will be announced.

STILL TIME TO NOMINATE

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