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Mark Hall make “SoapSense” at mental health conference

Communities / Fri 4th Oct 2013 at 12:29pm

healthTHE GRAND finale of SoapSense – the drama competition for schools about mental illness took place at the Trust’s Annual Public Meeting recently.

Over 300 people attended the event which was organised by North Essex Partnership at the Latton Bush Conference Centre in Harlow.

The winner was: Chelmer Valley School from Chelmsford

Runner up was Alderman Blaxill from Colchester

Joint third place was Brentwood High and Mark Hall Academy from Harlow

Highly commended went to Woodlands School from Basildon

The plays covered mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, self-harming and eating disorders. Robert Halfon, MP for Harlow was the lead judge. Mayor of Thurrock, cllr Tony Fish also attended.

BBC Essex’s Dave Monk was the MC at the event and was awarded the first Fellowship of the Trust. He said: “I’m hugely privileged to be appointed First Honorary Fellow of North Essex Partnership. Having served as a Governor for the last 6 years in the role of critical friend, I hope I can continue to bring benefits to both patients and staff.”

Lindsay Wilkinson, CBE, Deputy Director of Mental Health Strategy at the Department of Health spoke about giving mental health a “parity of esteem” with physical health.

Chris Paveley, Chairman at the Trust signed a declaration making the Trust more dementia friendly.

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