Psychologist’s award for mental health aid

Anne Cooke
Anne Cooke

Anne Cooke, a clinical psychologist from Robertsbridge, is to receive the Practitioner of the Year Award from the British Psychological Society’s Professional Practice Board.

The award recognises in particular her public-facing work to make available good quality information about mental health. Most recently, she edited the Society’s major public information report Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia, leading a group of eminent contributors drawn from eight universities and six NHS trusts, together with people who had experienced psychosis.

Understanding Psychosis has been translated into Swedish, Spanish and Japanese. It is used in numerous countries around the world including the American Veterans’ Administration.

Together with its predecessor, Understanding Bipolar Disorder, to which Anne also contributed, it has been credited with helping increase public understanding of these mental health problems.

Anne said: “I am delighted to receive this award which recognises the work that colleagues and I have been doing to make available good public information about mental health, and to ensure that the public conversation is informed by a psychosocial perspective. I am particularly proud to be doing this work in collaboration not only with other psychologists but also with people who have personal experience of the issues concerned.

“I would like to dedicate this award to the many service users and survivors I have met in the course of my career, whose perspectives have challenged me and hugely influenced my ideas about psychosis, about mental health generally, and about how clinical psychologists can be useful.”

Professor Peter Kinderman, president of the British Psychological Society, said: “Anne is responsible for some of the most innovative and influential pieces of work developed and promoted by the BPS. She is an asset to the profession, and I am proud to call her a colleague.”

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