Dennis Relojo-Howell a mental health advocate and founder of Psychreg from Rainham, Essex has been nominated for the Entrepreneur of Excellence Award at The National Diversity Awards 2019.

The Breathtaking Liverpool Anglican Cathedral will play host to this year’s awards, to be held on 20th September. Britain’s most inspirational and selfless people will come together to honour the rich tapestry of our nation, recognising individuals and groups from grass roots communities.

The prestigious black tie event recognises nominees in their respective fields of diversity including age, disability, gender, race, faith, religion and sexual orientation.

Growing up in a slum in Manila in the Philippines, Dennis has witnessed first-hand how discussions about mental health are considered a luxury – which is understandable given that there are numerous other issues which are deemed to be more pressing.

Dennis’s childhood experience led him to launch Psychreg, a global mental health platform, in order to address the stigma around mental health. His passion in promoting the therapeutic value of blogging has led him to be recognised as the world’s first blog psychologist.

As a psychology website, Psychreg runs a blog, a podcast, and an open access journal, Psychreg Journal of Psychology.

Leading global brand Johnson & Johnson were 2018 headline sponsors of the UK’s largest diversity awards, attracting a growing list of supporters including Adam Hills, Graham Norton and Katie Piper.

Sir Lenny Henry CBE, who was previously shortlisted for the Celebrity of the Year award said: ‘Diversity to me means involving everybody without any discrimination. It means having integrated groups in society. It means fairness and total inclusion and that’s what the National Diversity Awards are about. Congratulations to everyone who has been nominated. You’re all doing a fantastic job, rock on!’

Actor Warwick Davis and human rights activist Abbey Kiwanuka received accolades at last year’s ceremony, alongside a host of incredible award winners.

Kick It Out, the UK’s Leading organisation campaigning for equality in football, beat seven other competitors for the Race, Faith & Religion category, and Rocking2Stomas blogger Rachel Jury was praised for using her impressive following to shine a light on urostomy awareness.

ADHD Foundation were commended for changing attitudes and improving life chances through tireless campaigning, and Action Breaks Silence were applauded for offering free self-defence training to over 50,000 women and girls at risk of gender-based violence.

Sail NI were praised for supporting over 300 transgender people and their families across the Northern Ireland, and Geoff Holt MBE scooped the Entrepreneur of Excellence Award for founding Wetwheels, taking more than 5,000 disabled people on the water each year.

Radio Reverb, Touchstone and Rachael Pearson were also recognised among some of the UK’s most inspiring role models and community organisations.

The National Diversity Awards receives over 25,000 nominations and votes annually. Founder and CEO Paul Sesay said: ‘As we enter our 8th awards season, The National Diversity Awards prepare to welcome a host of outstanding role models and charities to our family. We look to those who represent progress, spirit and resilience; and I cannot wait to learn about the wonderful work being carried out this year.’

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THE USUC GROUP NOW NOMINATED FOR NATIONAL COMMUNITY AWARD

Five years ago the United Service Users Committee, or USUC, fought a massive campaign against cuts to mental health well-being drop-ins by Salford City Council and the former City Mayor, Ian Stewart.

This week, the Ceremonial Mayor and councillors dropped in to the group’s centre in Eccles to see the great work that continues to help those with mental health issues in the city. The support group’s activities have now also got them nominated for the Community Organisation award at the National Diversity Awards.

There were demos, petitions, an occupation of the Salford Council Chamber…and one very livid City Mayor, Ian Stewart, who faced the wrath of mental health service users fighting cuts to their drop-ins. As they formed themselves into the aptly namedUSUC, or United Service Users Committee, it was definitely one of the most bitterly fought campaigns against cuts in the last decade.*

Five years later and the group is not only surviving but flourishing, both as USUC andCHUG (Cromwell House Users Group), with drop-in sessions three days a week in Eccles, where there are all kinds of social activities as well as wellbeing and weight management classes.**

This week, Ceremonial Mayor Karen Garrido, together with her consort Robin Garrido, Eccles councillor Peter Wheeler and Gina Reynolds, Lead Member for Health and Social Care, dropped in themselves to see the great work the group does…

“They were all very impressed and supportive of the group, in the set up we have, how many people were in attendance and the different activities we have” says Steve Cullen of USUC and CHUG “They can understand now why we campaigned the way we did under the USUC banner, against Ian Stewart.”

The councillors agreed to help promote the group throughout the city, which is open to anyone who has suffered from mental health issues now or in the past.

“As Robin Garrido said, there are people out there who suffer and don’t realise it” Steve explains “The more people that know about these groups the better.”

CHUG has now also been nominated for the Community Organisation award at the prestigious National Diversity Awards, which recognise individuals and groups from grass roots communities who have contributed to creating a more diverse and inclusive society.

Original Source – Salford Star – http://www.salfordstar.com/article.asp?id=3790

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