Southdown win national mental health award

We're delighted to announce, we've won a coveted Positive Practice in Mental Health award for our Supported Employment. Representatives from Southdown picked up the award in the category ‘Improving Access and Outcomes in Employment’ at a ceremony in Blackpool last week.

Our Sussex-wide Supported Employment team has been supporting people with severe and enduring mental health needs to secure and retain paid work and complete education, training and work placement opportunities for 10 years. Working in partnership with Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s mental health recovery teams, they provide tailored support for individuals based on their needs, goals and aspirations - over the past 12 months they’ve supported over 1,320 people. They also work in partnership with employers and provide mental health awareness training to help promote positive mental health in the workplace.

Martin Dominy, Senior Operations Manager for Employment and Learning, says, “We’re privileged to accept this award on behalf of our teams working across East and West Sussex and Brighton & Hove – and the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust who we deliver the service in partnership with and who are a crucial aspect of its success.

“Winning this award is recognition that employment can be a fundamental step for people’s mental health recovery. We’d like to thank our commissioners for investing in the service for the past 10 years, and for their ongoing support, so we can be there for more people in need.”

Sam Allen, Chief Executive of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, says, “I am delighted Southdown has been recognised for their work on Supported Employment at the National Positive Practice Awards. Sussex Partnership are proud to work together with Southdown, supporting people to retain employment, get paid work or access education and volunteering opportunities. This is often a crucial part of supporting recovery and improving mental wellbeing.”

A client of Southdown’s Supported Employment says, “Employment Support has made a huge difference to my life. I feel confident to go out and socialise. I feel important, listened to, valued, treated with respect, and spoken to respectfully. It’s opened doors for me.”