In November 2016 I won the South West Yorkshire Partnership 'outstanding achievement' award. I was a very reluctant participant of this award as I do not feel what I do is outstanding, or an achievement, I just do it because I feel it is the right thing to do. Needless to say after several weeks I began to accept it the award and it is now in pride of place in my cabinet along with all my girls trophies and achievements.
In May 2017 I was a short listed candidate for the Yorkshire woman of achievement award. Woman of courage.Me courageous?? It was an amazing afternoon which I celebrated with several of my colleagues and my incredible daughters.
Also in May this year I did the talk of my life (so far) to HRH Prince Charles and over 400 delegates at the Kings fund in London. I remember when I could barely get out of bed, let alone stand in front of the future king of England telling my story. But there i was and have had some amazing inspiring feedback and offers of more talks and work to come.
I continue to keep doing the talks, about my life, my journey, mental health awareness and anti stigma and suicide awareness and prevention. It is important to me to keep going on my plight to improve services for those who feel they do not have a voice or an identity. I will not stop now I have started. I want everyone in the system to not feel like they are a burden, that they have no hope or aspirations for life.
I continue to work with services to make changes that need to be made. It is important and vital that I continue to make the patient/service user voice heard, to make people see that EVERYONE matters regardless of where they are and what conditions they may or may not live with.
I have lots of exciting things coming up, more talks/events and other wonderful things, so keep watching this space and I will update when I am able to.
Thank you to all those people who continue to support me in maintaining my life, well being and work.