06 Feb 2015
Simba Kaseke, lead nurse at Hammersmith and Fulham, has been announced as London’s Mental Health Hero, following Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg’s, national campaign to find unsung mental health heroes.
Simba is one of only 10 regional winners of the awards and is the only London winner. He was honoured by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg for his outstanding work to help, support and care for people with mental health conditions.
Simba was nominated for his exceptional leadership, his passion and commitment for caring for those experiencing mental health crises and making sure that the right care is always available for those who need it. The inpatient teams in local services have ensured that in the past 12 months no one has ever been turned away from the hospital’s place of safety suite when they are detained under section 136 of the Mental Health Act.
Simba said: “I feel honoured and privileged to be one of the recipients of this award. This award is not only recognition for the work I have been doing but is also recognition of the dedication of each and every member of staff at the trust.
“By putting the needs of the patients first, the trust is only one of two in London that has not turned away anyone detained by the police under Section 136 in the last 12 months. This has resulted in no adult patient being detained in a police cell for over a year and no child under 18 with mental illness has been detained in a police cell for over two years.”
Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg said: “I have been fighting hard to raise the profile of mental health issues and help break down the stigma that surrounds it so no one has to suffer in silence.
“We’ve made great strides, but we need people like Simba who are working every day for people with mental health issues.
”The work he has done to care and support people in their darkest hours makes him a worthy winner and I hope others will follow his example so that together we can bring mental health out of the shadows and make it as important as physical health.”
The awards coincide with Time to Talk day, a day launched by the mental health anti-stigma campaign Time to Change, who are working to end mental health discrimination and stigma. Simba has also been recognised for his efforts to break down stigma between the police and people suffering from mental health problems. This has included mental health training for police in Hammersmith as well as arranging activity events for service users, staff and police.
Steve Shrubb, chief executive, said: “We are very fortunate to have a mental health hero like Simba working for us at the trust.
“The need for better crisis work was identified nationally and Simba rose to the challenge with exceptional leadership and has brought about such a positive change in the trust.”
Congratulations Simba on this great honour and achievement!