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Our Director of Engagement and Integration, Professor Jane Melton, attended a reception at Buckingham Palace on World Mental Health Day (October 10 2017). The prestigious event was held to acknowledge significant campaign work undertaken to tackle the stigma surrounding mental illness.

Hosted by HRH the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and HRH Prince Henry of Wales, the event marked a significant shift in understanding the importance of mental health and celebrated the impact of positive action.

Speaking of her experience, Jane said: “I am absolutely thrilled that the work of so many colleagues across a number of agencies in Gloucestershire and Herefordshire as well as experts by experience has been acknowledged in this way. It was a privilege and pleasure to be in attendance at this incredible event. So many people around the country have risen to the challenge in innovative ways to stand up to stigma surrounding mental illness and also to promote and cherish good mental health.

“I am pleased and proud to be working alongside many dedicated and talented colleagues to play our part locally. I look forward to continuing our collective effort to tackle mental health stigma”.

The event was part of the young royals’ Heads Together initiative, which has brought together eight leading mental health charities to highlight and raise awareness of mental illness and its impact. Other attendees at the gathering included well known mental health activists and campaigners, such as Stephen Fry, Professor Green, Ruby Wax, Esther Rantzen, Alistair Campbell and Angela Rippon. Jane was nominated to attend by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists, in recognition of her work and that of the Trust and our partners across our two counties.