Timeline:

4th April 2018
' Nominations Open '
9th May 2018
' Nominations Close '
26th July 2018
' Shortlist Announced '
5th October 2018
' Awards Ceremony '

Kate Abbott

Kate Abbott - Cabinet Secretary Award

“Before Kate started this work, there was not generally a high level of awareness of mental health issues across the department. Now so many more people are aware of these conditions and thinking about how they can build an inclusive environment. Kate has been vital in breaking down the stigma of mental health in the department and making it a much more supportive environment.” – Sarah Callanan, MHCL staff member

“Kate has not only initiated it all, but at the same time is herself a mental health ambassador, personally replying to emails and helps others despite all the other things that she’s moving forward. She is a role model for many in the department.” – Anika Oellrich, MHCLG staff and Wellbeing Champion

“I found the Mental Health training course that Kate ran incredibly useful. Her enthusiasm has not only inspired me to become a Mental Health Ambassador but has given me additional confidence to be able to offer support outside of the workplace.”- Jane Owen, MHCLG staff and Mental Health Ambassador

“Kate is a real inspiration to work with. I both organising events, running events and in running the mental health ambassador network Kate constantly demonstrates an ability to quickly build rapport with people. She genuinely invites others’ views and takes suggestions of others forward in her work, naturally making people feel valued.” – Sarah Hunt, MHCLG staff and Mental Health Ambassador

“Kate has inspired so many people in the department – including myself – to take mental health at work seriously. There has been a real change in the mood within MHCLG in recent years, and I think Kate has had a huge part to play in that.” – Ruth Keeling, co-chair, MHCLG Wellbeing Network