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Professor Stephen Bevan awarded 2014 GAMIAN-Europe European personality

19 January 2015

Professor Stephen Bevan will today (16 January) receive the 2014 GAMIAN-Europe European Personality award. It has been awarded for his prominent contribution to the field of mental health. 

The board revealed they made the decision based on Stephen’s 'invaluable work [… and] tremendous impact' on raising the profile of mental health and increasing patient involvement. They recognised that he had made these contributions both as director of the Centre for Workforce Effectiveness at The Work Foundation, and as a founding president of the Fit for Work Europe Coalition.

Professor Bevan joins the company of previous award winners, including the Prime Minister of Malta, Dr. Lawrence Gonzi; Dr. John Bowis, MEP; Prof. Norman Sartorius; Mr. Kyell Magne Bondevik, ex Norwegian Prime Minister; Mr. Stephen Fry; Mr. Jurgen Scheftlein; Mrs and Mr. Hilka and Vapuu Taipale; Prof. Barbara Lopez Cardoso and Dr. Matt Muijen. The organisers say they all share considerable contributions to the field of mental health and improving mental health patients’ rights and wellbeing.

Commenting on the award, Professor Stephen Bevan said: 'I am proud to accept this great honour but am also grateful to The Work Foundation for providing the platform to conduct what has been both pioneering and rewarding research.


'While much progress has been made, mental illness remains a major and unresolved issue across the EU. The annual cost to the region remains at €461 billion and cannot be ignored any longer. Only 25% of people in the EU get any treatment despite it affecting 38% of people in any given year.'

On addressing the key issues around mental health, he said: 'We must continue to change perceptions around mental illness, so that it is considered on a par with physical illness. We must think about progressing people with mental health issues in sheltered employment into competitive employment. And finally, we must continue to encourage self-management of care by placing the service user at the centre of their care.'


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Notes to Editors:

1. Professor Stephen Bevan is director of the Centre for Workforce Effectiveness at The Work Foundation and an Honorary Professor at Lancaster University. 

2.GAMIAN-Europe (Global Alliance of Mental Illness Advocacy Networks-Europe), a patient-driven pan-European organization, represents the interests of persons affected by mental illness and advocates for their rights. Its main objectives are: advocacy, information and education, anti-stigma and discrimination, patients’ rights, co-operation, partnerships and capacity building.

3.Stephen has a special interest in workforce health and wellbeing, leading a number of national and international projects focusing on workforce health and the impact of chronic illness on productivity and social inclusion. He has conducted research on the employment impact of depression, anxiety and schizophrenia and has campaigned for more active employment support for people living with mental illness. Stephen has been prominent in raising awareness of the need for ‘Good Work’ as a driver of positive mental health. He is an advisor to a number of UK government departments and has advised employers and policymakers in Europe, Asia-Pacific, Australasia and North America. In 2014 he was named the 6th most influential HR thinker in the UK.

4. Lancaster University’s Work Foundation transforms people’s experience of work and the labour market through high quality applied research that empowers individuals and influences public policies and organisational practices. The Work Foundation is part of Lancaster University – an alliance that enables both organisations to further enhance their impact.

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