28th Jun, 2022

West Midlands Combined Authority reveals its shortlist for this year's Mental Health Star Awards revealed

THE FINALISTS for this year’s Mental Health Star Awards has now been unveiled.

The awards aim to celebrate people from across the region who are making a real difference in the mental health of others as well as recognising those that have made a significant contribution to improving mental health and wellbeing across their community.

The awards are organised by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).

Nominees are broken down into several categories: Young Person Aged 16-25, Individual Aged 25+, Collaboration Award, Cariss Evans Award for Innovation, and Team, Service and Organisation Award.

This year’s awards are linked to the WMCA’s new Mental Health Commission, whose remit includes highlighting examples of innovation and good practice in mental health.

Hundreds of nominations were submitted which recognised acts of heroism and innovation that have helped communities get through life during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Danielle Olm, chair of West Midlands Mental Health Commission, said: “Addressing mental health issues has never been more important and the Mental Health Star Awards will be a wonderful occasion to hear of the positive work that people across the West Midlands are doing to help others.

“Not only do these awards give us the opportunity to shine a light on unsung heroes that have helped others throughout our region, but they also help highlight the ongoing issues surrounding mental health and wellbeing, and what more needs to be done to address them.”

The awards will be handed out live at virtual ceremony hosted by The Chase’s Paul Sinha on May 25.

A full list of shortlisted nominees can be found here.

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