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Glasgow's Helping Heroes wins mental health excellence award

1 December 2014

Glasgow's Helping Heroes wins mental health excellence award

Glasgow's Helping Heroes (GHH) has picked up a top national award for its work helping and supporting service personnel and veterans experiencing mental health problems.

Glasgow Helping Heroes wins mental health excellence award

A joint partnership that exists between SSAFA and Glasgow City Council, GHH was the proud winner of the Mental Health Award at the 2014 Military and Civilian Health Partnership Awards.

Barry Henderson from Glasgow Helping Heroes said: “I'm delighted that GHH was shortlisted for both the Mental Health Award and Care of Veterans Award.

“To win the Mental Health Award is testament to the hard work of the team and the excellent partnership we enjoy with our partners - NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Glasgow City Council and SSAFA. By putting the clients needs at the heart of what we do, we help them to move on with their lives rather than to continue to struggle with their issues.”

The GHH team is largely made up of SSAFA trained caseworkers who are experienced in providing supporting to the military community on issues such as housing, employment, financial and health.

The awards, launched in June this year by Anna Soubry, Minister for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans, and Dr Dan Poulter, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health, recognise the exceptional people that provide the Armed Forces Community with the very best in healthcare and social care.

The awards also celebrate the unique partnership forged between the Ministry of Defence, the UK Departments of Health and the private and voluntary sectors that provide lifelong care for Service personnel, their families and Service Veterans.

Air Marshal Paul Evans, the Surgeon General, said: “The success of this partnership is reflected in the diverse range of initiatives that help individuals attain the best possible treatment outcomes.

“These include projects that provide invaluable support to Veterans, and research that ensures the UK remains at the forefront of healthcare for both the Armed Forces and the wider society.”

Other winners included military and civilian specialists working both as individuals and in teams that have excelled in delivering healthcare and social care to the Armed Forces Community.