The Mental Health session of our Together We CAN Make A Difference conference for 2021 bought together over 100 people from different organisations via MS Teams.
Feedback has been extremely positive and whilst we would have loved to show you a recording of the session, unfortunately, technology let us down in this respect.
However, you can view the presentations from our guests via the links below:
Horticulture in Supporting Mental Health Wellbeing
Jason Stevens, Founder, Veterans’ Growth
OpCourage – Veterans’ Mental Health Transition, Intervention and Liaison Service
Major Andy Stubbs, Clinical Nurse Specialist, The Veterans’ Mental Health and Wellbeing Service – London and the South East
OpCourage – Veterans’ Mental Health High Intensity Service
Rebecca Hankins, Veterans’ Mental Health Lead – Sussex, Veterans’ Mental Health High Intensity Service (HIS)
The Network had also received a fantastic number of nominations for Awards within mental health and we are pleased to announce the following winners:
Veterans' Growth - Jason Stevens
Jason’s hard work and dedication is to help veterans who are suffering from mental health issues through Horticultural therapy. Through his own experiences he has developed this organization and has been very busy getting everything up and running with lots of different courses, adapting accommodation for residential courses alongside lots of fund raising for Veterans' Growth, as well as supporting the local community. This is all set in the beautiful, calm, peaceful Sussex countryside. Jason along with Sarah and their wonderful team of staff and volunteers have achieved an incredible amount, this award is so well deserved. Congratulations!!
Jane Burt, Carers', Families and Mental Health Lead for the AFN visited Veterans' Growth to handover the Award (whilst socially distanced).
Elaine Vincent, Team Administrator, The Veterans' Mental Health and Wellbeing Service - London and the South East
Elaine was awarded this in view of her role within a veteran specific service and as the first person most veterans come into contact with when contacting TILS. She spends a great deal of time supporting and reassuring often distressed and worried veterans who can be nervous of asking for help. She exudes professionalism and warmth going above and beyond what would be expected of an administrator. The feedback to the team regarding her support has been outstanding. Her caring manner allows the veterans to be confident in coming forward. She is a great advocate for the veterans always putting them before her own needs, demonstrating a keen military ethos of selfless commitment & loyalty even though she has not served herself. She is not one for the limelight but she is most deserving of this award. Congrats Elaine!
Jane Burt, Carers', Families and Mental Health Lead for the AFN visited Elaine at the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath to handover the Award (whilst socially distanced).
Justine Rosser, Deputy Chief Nurse, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Nominated by Duncan Wilkinson, himself a Veteran who tells us Justine has made significant difference to his life on being medically discharged from the British Army. "Justine has shown a huge amount of compassion, empathy & faith to me over the past 10 months. She set up the Trust's PPE Team to cover the pandemic & keep our ~6,000 staff members safe. I had recently been medically discharged from the British Army after a nasty injury and when my mother mentioned that we would be happy to take on the task of running the PPE function for West Sussex & Hampshire Justine chose to give me a chance & ultimately saved my life & mind in many ways. She did everything in her power to ensure I was looked after & given the appropriate training and support, she has shown great selfless commitment to not only our organisation but also to my mother & I. I will eternally be grateful for Justine giving me that chance."
Major Andy Stubbs, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Veterans’ Mental Health and Wellbeing Service – London and the South East
Nominated by George Chapman. "Andy was my mentor as a student Nurse when I first got involved with SAFN (10 years ago). He has always been an inspiration, professional individual who is still dedicated to veterans well-being on a daily basis. He is also a serving Major with 254 Med Reg as a senior MH Nursing Officer."
Andy receiving his Award from Sir Peter J Field Esq Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of East Sussex at the event on 20 July 2021. (Photo credit: Stewart Turkington Photography)
Nominations for awards also included the following candidates but don’t be disheartened, as many of these have also been nominated in other categories and may well be announced as Award winners at a later date: