Award nomination for mental health pioneer

A mental health nurse who leads an award-winning University of Wolverhampton project to support a new way of approaching suicide prevention has been shortlisted for a top award.

Clare Dickens is a finalist in the Thrive Mental Health Star Awards, run by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) to celebrate the innovative work people are doing to improve mental health across the West Midlands.

Clare pioneered an award-winning approach to suicide and self-harm prevention, Three Minutes to Save a Life, developed in collaboration with Connecting with People. The approach has been delivered to now more than 1200 University of Wolverhampton staff members, students, police officers, healthcare workers and is also included in allied health care professional curriculum at the university; to include student nurses, post graduate nurse studies, paramedic, physio therapy and pharmacy students.

She has been shortlisted for a 2019 Mental Health Star Award in recognition of her work.

Clare, who is a Senior Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing, said: “I am humbled to have been shortlisted and more so that someone has taken time out of their day to write and submit a nomination for these fantastic awards that celebrate local commitment to mental health.


“Whoever you are, THANK YOU.


“I am incredibly proud of Three Minutes and our collaboration with Connecting with People, and to work for an organisation whose leadership and colleagues have supported and embraced a commitment to set out a paradigm shift in suicide prevention and mental health.”

The ceremony will take place on Thursday, 31 January 2019 at the Hawthorns Football Ground, West Bromwich.

Clare Dickens and University of Wolverhampton students provided insights for a new online safety planning resource designed by 4 Mental Health for those who may be struggling and are finding it difficult to reach out for support.

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