NICK Clegg is asking people to nominate their mental health “heroes”.
The Deputy Prime Minister wants to hear about anyone from health professionals to friends and neighbours who have helped those with mental health conditions.
Mr Clegg, the Sheffield Hallam MP, said: “It could be the woman sitting next to you on the bus, the dad picking his child up at the school gates or a colleague from work - everyone knows someone living with a mental health problem.
“I want to celebrate those who have gone that extra mile, whose passion and commitment have helped someone get through their darkest days and helped challenge the taboo around mental health which has existed for far too long.
“It is my ambition to bring mental health out of the shadows and create a fairer society where people can speak up about how they feel and get the support and treatment they need to live the life that they choose.”
Those chosen from among the nominees will be invited to a ceremony on February 5 which will mark the ‘Time to talk day’ organised by the Time To Change campaign which seeks to end the stigma associated with mental illness which affects one in four people every year.
Care Minister Norman Lamb said: “Mental illness touches us all and, everyday, people in our communities are doing amazing things to improve the lives of those affected. We want to recognise and reward them.”
Anyone wanting to nominate somone for a Local Mental Health Hero Award, can find a link to the nomination form at www.gov.uk/DPM.
The closing date for nominations is January 27.