Nilaari scoop a national Best Professional award

Nilaari scoop a national Best Professional award

Added: 03 July 2014

Nilaari, a Bristol based charity have won the Professional award category of the ‘All in the Mind’ BBC Radio 4 programme.

The Professional Award, marks the outstanding dedication of a psychologist, psychiatrist, social worker, nurse, therapist or other professional. The judging panel – chaired by BBC Radio 1 DJ and television presenter Scott Mills and also featuring MP Charles Walker, clinical psychologist Guy Holmes, Star Wards founder Marion Janner and All in the Mind presenter Claudia Hammond – was inundated with entries from a wide range of people and backgrounds, but in the end they decided the Nilaari was amongst those deserving of an award.
Mike Henderson nominated Pat Rose, who works at Nilaari Agency, a community based mental health support provider working primarily with Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic (BAME) adults and young people in Bristol.

Mike credits Pat and the agency with saving his life, and saving society from the person he would otherwise be. His first arrest was at 12 years of age; his first incarceration at 14; his introduction to hard drugs at 16. Police described Mike as ‘a one man crime wave’. What Mike didn’t know at the time was that he had anxiety and depression, a dual diagnosis that came to light with the onset of drug-induced psychosis.

Pat began working with Mike in 1995, and stood by him for more than 15 years through progression and relapse, supporting him both in the community and in prison. Mike says: “No matter how many times I failed, and other people had given up on me, Pat stuck fast.” Mike is now a Development Officer and Mentor at Lawrence Dallaglio’s Rugby for Change.

Information provided by Voscur.