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Marsh Award for Mental Health Work

This Award, run in partnership with Rethink Mental Illness, recognised an outstanding contribution by an individual working or volunteering in the field of mental health.

The Award was presented from 2006 until 2011.

Professor Roz Shafran 2011

Roz has focused her research in two areas. Firstly, in the development of new psychological therapies for a range of severe mental health problems, understanding what maintains the problem and developing interventions to improve symptoms and quality of life. Secondly, she set up the Charlie Waller Institute of Evidence Based Psychological Treatment which trains clinicians in new and focused psychological treatments. She has presented her findings at local and national conferences for mental health professionals, service-users and their families.

Previous Winners

Professor Julian Leff

Julian is an Emeritus Professor at the Institute of Psychiatry and in his career has made a significant impact on the lives of people affected by severe mental illness. He has recently focused on the effect of relatives’ Expressed Emotion on the course of schizophrenia and of depression and shown that the support of the family can enhance a patient’s social and occupational rehabilitation. Julian also led the Team for the Assessment of Psychiatric Services which produced substantial evidence of improvement in the quality of life of discharged long-stay patients.

Mary Teasdale

Mary has worked with Rethink since 1992, dealing with around 150,000 cases, many of which have resulted in major changes in practice and/or the law. She has authored dozens of pamphlets and books, including the charities three most popular publications. Mary has also been a member of numerous government advisory boards, including for patient safety, reforming the mental health act and the introduction of the national service framework for Mental Health which set out the government’s major reform of mental health services in 1998.

Professor Robin Murray

Robin is a Professor of Psychiatry at the Maudsley, Kings College and runs the National Psychosis Unit at Bethlem Royal Hospital. His work in the field of developing interventions for schizophrenia and other forms of psychosis has had hugely beneficial effects for people suffering from mental illness.

Terry Hammond

Terry worked in the field of mental health for over 20 years and devotes his spare time to completing fundraising challenges and activities to draw attention to the links between cannabis and mental illness. When he received his Award, Terry said: “I do what I do because of my personal belief and this Award is the recognition that mental health is an issue important to many.”