Mind and Body programme scoops top award

Addaction's Mind and Body programme is celebrating after coming away with not one but two awards from the Royal Society for Public Health Awards. The winners were revealed at the gala RSPH Awards, in a ceremony jointly hosted by Professor Lord Patel of Bradford OBE and broadcaster Natasha Kaplinsky. A record number of applications were submitted for this year’s awards, with each submission undergoing rigorous assessment from an expert panel of assessors. Mind and Body was announced as the winner of the Public Mental Health and Wellbeing category, with the panel citing:

"Addaction UK’s Mind and Body programme has generated an impressive level of momentum amongst the young people it works with through aspects of the project such as takeover days, exhibitions and journals. The use of quantitative and qualitative evidence in an independent evaluation of this project clearly demonstrates the improvements in mental wellbeing for those who attended the programme’s sessions."

The winners of the six categories on the night were then submitted for consideration for the prestigious Public Health Minister’s Award. In a video message from Steve Brine MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health and Primary Care, Mind and Body was announced as the overall winner!

Speaking after the event, Rick Bradley (Operations Manager for Mind and Body) paid tribute to the staff involved in the delivery of the programme:

“We need to say a massive thank you to everyone who has put in the work to make this possible. The job can be tough sometimes and the roles require a huge amount of skill, passion and dedication. But our staff always provide this and they should be very proud of everything they achieve. They make a real difference to the lives of so many and it is great they have the recognition from the wider sector as testament to this.”