Cariss Evans and Jackie Bott were both nominated for the Black Country Mental Health Star Individual Award in recognition of their outstanding contribution, and positive influence to mental health and wellbeing services across the Black Country.
Cariss Evans was announced as this year’s winner, for the excellent work she carried out and services she provided for Sandwell Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). The win was an extremely poignant win because it was awarded posthumously following the untimely passing of Cariss in October 2018.
Chief Executive, Lesley Writtle, accepted the award on behalf of Cariss’ parents who were unfortunately unable to attend the ceremony. On collecting the award Lesley said: “The Trust is incredibly proud of the work Cariss Evans undertook, and the recognition afforded by achievement of this award is a lovely honor to her memory. Her influential, innovative work still reverberates across the mental health community today.
I am extremely pleased and proud of all our staff that were nominated for the excellent work they undertake every day. The Trust is truly privileged to have such inspirational individuals and teams working in our services for the people of the Black Country.”