We are absolutely bursting with pride to announce that two of Mental Health Collective’s Fellows, Kate King FMHC and Steve Gilbert FMHC, have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to mental health and mental health legislative reform.
Steve and Kate are inspirational figures in the mental health world, who draw on their lived experience to advise policymakers and organisations on how they can improve outcomes in mental health. They played pivotal roles in the recent Mental Health Act Review which calls for greater dignity, choice and respect for those held under section.
Kate said: “I was stunned to be nominated: secure ward to MBE in 10 years! However, I know that I was only able to work effectively for the Review because so many people with lived experience contributed either directly or indirectly, and so many continue to work to give a voice to those with living with mental health disabilities: they truly deserve our honour and respect and thanks.”
Steve said: “This is one of the most amazing things to happen in my life and I am grinning from ear to ear. I am so thankful to everyone who has supported me over the past 10+ years, both in terms of my mental illness and the work that I do. It has helped me more than you will ever know. I hope that these three small letters will help me create more opportunities for change, and to be able to continue fighting to ensure people living with a mental illness get the care and support they need.”
We are beyond thrilled that the honour of Steve and Kate has been recognised. Massive congratulations to them both!