positivepracticeawardsNational anti-stigma programme Time to Change have sponsored a new category at the Breakthrough National Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards in an effort to "inspire others to break down stigma".

The awards, for which Mental Health Today are media partners, seek to recognise and reward the most positive practice in mental health services by celebrating both services and outstanding individuals who are making a real difference.

Time to Change's award for 'Stamping Out Stigma' will go to a team within a mental health service provider who stand out as an example of positive practice around challenging stigma.

Celebrating best practice
Sue Baker, Director of Time to Change, said: “We know that there is a lot of really good work being delivered by service providers to break down the stigma and discrimination around mental health.

"This is why we decided to support the Breakthrough National Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards and provide the accolade for ‘Recognition for stamping out stigma’. It’s important that we are celebrating best practice so we can paint a national picture of the innovative work that’s going on to put an end to the discrimination that one in four of us have to face. We also hope in doing so it will inspire others."

The team can be based within any kind of service provider (statutory, voluntary or independent) and nominees should be able to demonstrate how they are doing something meaningful to reduce the discrimination faced by people with mental health problems.

The award is one of 14 categories which will be awarded at the event and the deadline for entries is 16 August.

For more information and to nominate yourself or an individual or team that has demonstrated positive practice visit: