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Black Tie Ball 2022 

This sold-out evening brought together both local and international companies and individuals to recognise excellence in suicide prevention in the Humber region and to honour those who have made a significant impact in the field of suicide prevention and mental health awareness. 
Hosted by Think Mental Health, guests were treated to singer Jade Scott on arrival, an exclusive three-course meal accompanied by live music from The AirWaves and to end the evening off with top DJ Ben Rainey . Guests heard first-hand accounts of inspiring people who have gone above and beyond to make a difference in their community or workplace. 
It was a first of its kind in Hull. It will become an annual awards event gathering people from all walks of life to celebrate the achievements of those who have taken a stand for mental health and suicide prevention, with all proceeds being donated to ANDYSMANCLUB, a male suicide prevention charity, offering free-to-attend peer-to-peer support groups across the United Kingdom and online. 
The combined goal of everyone involved with the club, which meets weekly on a Monday evening, is to help end the stigma surrounding men’s mental health and help men through the power of conversation. The slogan and hashtag #ITSOKAYTOTALK has become synonymous with men and their families across the UK, whose first club was opened in Hull and now has over 60 clubs nationwide. 
Suicide is a preventable tragedy that claims too many lives each year, so to raise mental health awareness and promote suicide prevention, Jeni Cornwall, Paul Longley and Leon McQuade launched The Think Mental Health Black Tie Ball. 
Jeni Cornwall said:  
“The awards are free to enter, and they recognise individuals and businesses that are making a difference in the fight against suicide prevention. Shining a spotlight on these unsung heroes' work, the awards are helping to change the conversation around suicide prevention and mental health within our region.” 
Paul Longley added: 
“This year's awards ceremony was a great success, and we are looking forward to seeing even more innovation and progress in the field of mental health in the years to come. Thanks to everyone who helped make this night possible!” 
The awards were presented to individuals, teams or organisations that had made an outstanding contribution to suicide prevention, winners on the night included; 

Airco - Think Mental Health Black Tie Ball Catalyst Award 2022 

Airco for the Catalyst Award, sponsored by Think Cloud Inc Ltd and presented by Leon McQuade and Paul Longley to Chris Goodwin - Commercial Director Airco. 
Leon McQuade said,  
"Airco has supported me from the beginning when I had the idea to bring AMC back into Hull. They have helped provide a safe space for men to come and talk about their emotions before they get off hand. In the early days, we went from 6 to 84 attendees, with Airco always going above and beyond to support us.From Paul and me setting alarms off and ringing directors out of hours to breaking coffee machines due to the huge numbers who once attended. Airco was once Hull's only venue, and to think we now have seven across the area without Airco's amazing support in the early days, this may not have been the case. Again a Global pandemic could stop us, with Airco again pivotal in helping AMC bring back face-to-face meetings, allowing Hull to be the first club to test processes and procedures and ultimately reopen.”  
"We can't thank you enough!" 

RIX - Think Mental Health Black Tie Ball Hull And Humber Champion 2022.  

Rix has been instrumental in training multiple staff over multiple businesses and turning these first awards from Paul and Leon's pipe dream into reality. The award was sponsored by Think Cloud Inc Ltd and was presented by Tommy Coyle to Jeni Cornwall HR - Rory Clarke, MD, of J.R.Rix & Sons Ltd' 
Jeni said,  
"This is an amazing accomplishment as the night of celebration and recognition has been designed to set a benchmark in our region to inspire more organisations in helping to break the stigma associated with mental health" 
Paul Longley said,  
"Thank you, Rix, for all that you are and all that you have done in helping us to bang the drum like never before; these awards are the start of something huge for the people and businesses of Hull and the Humber Region!" 

Smith & Nephew - Think Mental Health Black Tie Ball Global Champion Award 2022 

A fantastic company that not only provides world-class products and services but also cares about its employees' mental health and well-being. Smith & Nephew are winners of the Think Mental Health Black Tie Ball Global Champion Award for their dedication to driving a global impact across their business by providing world-class mental health training and development. 
This a massive achievement and testament to the hard work of the leadership team that goes into making sure that everyone at Smith and Nephew feels valued, supported and able to thrive both personally and professionally. Well done to everyone involved! Leon McQuade and Paul Longley presented the award to Jon Allanson - Project Director of Smith & Nephew. 

Reckitt Supply HR Training Team - Think Mental Health Black Tie Ball Innovation Champion 2022. 

Reckitt delivered training and access services for over 700 staff. Learning pathways included Mental Health First Aid Training, but they didn't stop there, with Mental Health Awareness Training being a foundational aspect for all employees. 
An innovative approach to drive change was taken to impact not only all employees but all who visit Reckitt sites, with dual-branded multi-media, workwear, mugs, posters, and stationery aimed at promoting mental health awareness being offered to staff. With the championing and support of community services such as Andys Man Club and the First Ladies Club, both suicide prevention organisations. 
The award was presented by Paul Longley Jeni Cornwall to Richard Monk, Technical and Compliance training Manager, and Charlotte Baker, HR Business Partner at Reckitts. 

First Ladies Club - Think Mental Health Black Tie Ball Community Kick Starter 2022. 

First ladies were initially set up in hull to support the mothers, sisters, wives, family and friends of the men attending Andys Man Club Hull. The club has naturally morphed into a full peer-2-peer support group aimed at driving suicide prevention by supporting the ladies of the Hull and Humber region on a Wednesday evening at 7 pm with 2 face-2-face groups and with an online closed Facebook community of thousands of women. 
All with the common aim of supporting one another's emotional and mental well-being. The First Ladies Club have been pivotal in helping to break the stigma associated with mental health for ladies in the region, and we know this is the start of an amazing organisation well done ladies club! 
The award was presented by Luke Campbell MBE to Zoe McQuade, Kim Longley Jo Kent, Cindy Webb, Kate Scott, and Vicky Carruthers of The First Ladies Club and was Sponsored by Think Cloud Inc Ltd. 


Overall the night was a great success raising £12,1981 but, more importantly, raising awareness, a huge step forward for suicide prevention and mental health. All proceeds from the evening will be donated to ANDYSMANCLUB, a suicide prevention charity, helping to make a real difference in communities across the country. 
We'd like to thank everyone who attended, got involved and made a real difference. Together we can make a positive change. We are very proud of our winners. They all deserve recognition for their hard work, dedication and commitment to improving mental health in the Humber Region. Congratulations! Here's to the next event! 


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