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Trust wins two Mental Health Stars at Thrive Awards 2020

Published: 14/02/2020

​In January our Trust won two Mental Health Star awards at the Thrive Awards 2020.

Bedlam Festival 2019 (our partnership with Birmingham Repatory Theatre, the MAC, and Sampad) won a Birmingham Mental Health Star Award in the team category. Khalid Ali, one of our public governors, won a Birmingham Mental Health Star Award in the individual category.

Launched in 2018, Thrive Mental Health Star Awards celebrate the ground-breaking work being done across the region to improve mental health and wellbeing. This year the event took place on Wednesday 29 January at the Hawthorns (West Bromwich Albion Football Club).

Khalid Ali has volunteered as a public governor for the Birmingham and Solihull NHS Mental Health Foundation Trust for more than 11 years and has secured over £15m of private sector investment for the Trust. In addition to this, he works at Birmingham Urban Rhythm Network (BURN) where he mentors young people suffering from poor mental health and the impacts of knife crime and gang culture.

The Bedlam Festival promotes mental health and wellbeing through the arts. The festival team worked collaboratively with service users, clinical staff, venues, students and university staff, media, artists and local businesses to generate funds, build empathy and deliver maximum impact on the issue of mental wellness. Over 30,000 people were captivated by dozens of performances and exhibitions, including the dramatisation of the highly stigmatised subject of perinatal mental health issues affecting the South Asian community.

Guests at the ceremony included members of the Mental Health Commission (including Sir Norman Lamb) and a range of representatives from different organisations across the region, including local authorities, the NHS and the charity sector.