CWP Director of Nursing in Downing Street for World Mental Health Day
Avril Devaney, Director of Nursing for Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP), attended a reception at 10 Downing Street recently, which was held to mark World Mental Health Day. The event formed part of the government’s programme surrounding the inaugural Global Summit on Mental Health, which the UK Government hosted.
The Summit brought together political figures, academics and policy-makers from across the globe with the aim of improving mental health and to help tackle the stigma, prejudice and discrimination that people with mental health conditions face.
The reception at Downing Street was attended by people with an interest in mental health care both from across the UK and around the world and Avril, who was awarded the MBE for in 2016 for services to mental health nursing, was present on behalf of CWP and as part of her role as Chair of the National Mental Health Nurse Directors Forum.
Avril said: “It was good event with a great mix of people and the Prime Minister gave a speech in which she reaffirmed her commitment to eliminating health inequalities as well as confirming the appointment of Jackie Doyle-Price as the first ever Ministerial Lead for Suicide Prevention.
“It was great to see people with a strong interest and commitment to mental health care being given the chance to meet face to face and to be able to swap stories and experiences about the challenges that face us all. I personally had a number of very interesting conversations with delegates, including people with lived experience of being bereaved by suicide, people who have led initiatives to challenge stigma alongside the Ministers for Health from Nigeria and Canada.
“Sadly though none of us got to meet Larry the Downing Street cat as he was only able to put in fleeting appearance!”