We are delighted to announce that Kevin O’Neill has won the National Mental Health Award at the prestigious Scottish Health Awards, at the Corn Exchange, Edinburgh on Thursday 7th November. Kevin has worked for NHS Lanarkshire for 25 years with his foundations in mental health nursing, building on that experience in public mental health. He is now part of the Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Unit Management Team as the Public Mental Health and Well-being Development Manager. He was nominated for his leadership, commitment and drive in increasing awareness and understanding around mental health and well-being and working with partners and communities to create the conditions and opportunities which protect and improve mental health and well-being across North and South Lanarkshire.
Kevin said “I was surprised when I was informed that I had been shortlisted for the Scottish Health Awards and then humbled to think that people had taken the time to nominate me. ‘None of us are as smart as all of us‘ and therefore, Lanarkshire winning this award must be in appreciation for the shared vision of a mentally flourishing Lanarkshire for all and the strength of commitment and partnership working between NHS Lanarkshire, North and South Lanarkshire Councils, Voluntary Sector, Service Users and Carers and communities themselves. Therefore, I want all my colleagues to share this success as a demonstration of our collective efforts, recognising that mental health improvement requires a wide partnership approach.”
“It is an honour and a privilege to work with my colleagues and Lanarkshire’s communities every day and this award gives me the perfect chance to say thank you to them all.”