East Riding Council worker up for national award

Sharon Watts

Sharon Watts

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A member of East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s public health team has been nominated for a national mental health award.

Sharon Watts has been nominated for a Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England Award in recognition of exemplary work in the field of mental health.

Sharon is the council’s public health lead on mental health, suicide prevention and school nursing.

The awards identify examples of excellent projects and individuals, acknowledging innovation and high performance in raising mental health literacy.

Sharon’s nomination describes her as “An inspiring public health lead who is tireless in her campaign to promote mental health education in the East Riding.”

She has co-ordinated and promoted numerous MHFA and MHFA Lite training courses to ensure that many front-line organisations have the opportunity to get trained in this area.

In the UK, one in four people will experience mental ill health, and MHFA is a practical way that people can use to support those who are affected.

Over 65,000 people in the UK are now MHFA trained. They have been taught to spot the early signs of a mental health problem, provide help, protect a person who might be at risk of harm, help prevent a mental health illness from getting worse, and help them to recover faster.

The awards will be presented at the House of Lords on Wednesday 26 February.

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