The Public Mental Health & Wellbeing Award is one of the categories of the Health & Wellbeing Awards.

Its focus is the prevention of mental illness and promotion of mental health across the life course.

2017 shortlist

Addaction UK – Mind and Body

Addaction UK – Mind and Body
Photo: Addaction UK

Mind and Body is an early intervention programme that supports young people involved in or deemed vulnerable to self-harming behaviours.

Mind and Body is currently delivered across Kent, Cornwall and Lancashire and helps participants to talk openly about mental health; reducing stigma and helping them develop more positive coping strategies.


Mosaic Clubhouse – Mosaic Clubhouse

Mosaic Clubhouse – Mosaic Clubhouse
Photo: Mosaic Clubhouse

Since 1994, Mosaic Clubhouse has helped people affected by mental illness to increase their engagement and participation in the local communities in the London Borough of Lambeth.

This initiative supports people living with a mental illness to have a productive and satisfying quality of life.


The Reading Agency and the Society of Chief Librarians – Reading Well Books on Prescription

The Reading Agency and the Society of Chief Librarians – Reading Well Books on Prescription
Photo: The Reading Agency

Reading Well Books on Prescription helps people manage their health and wellbeing through recommending helpful reading.

The books can be recommended by a health professional or users can self-refer, and titles are available to borrow for free from public libraries in England.


Category winners will have the opportunity to be selected for the prestigious Public Health Minister’s Award, while all finalists will be considered for two special commendations to be given by Public Health England (PHE).

The winners will be announced at the RSPH Awards 2017 ceremony which will take place on Thursday 19 October at the East Wintergarden in London.


Award criteria

Entered projects and programmes should demonstrate:

  • A clear understanding of public mental health and wellbeing and the parity of esteem addressing both physical health and mental health
  • A population approach to promoting mental health, preventing mental illness or suicide, or improving the lives of people with a mental illness
  • The appropriate use of measures to evaluate mental health and wellbeing impact

2016 winner

Photo: Livewell Southwest
Livewell Southwest

Project: Livewell Arts Festival

The focus of the Livewell Arts Festival was to promote and celebrate creativity and mental health and wellbeing in and around Plymouth. Its events were held in a variety of local settings, including community centres, parks, cafés, care centres and mental health facilities, and targeted vulnerable more.

Find out more about previous winners.