Knighthood for Professor Graham Thornicroft

Monday, June 19, 2017

Knighthood for Professor Graham Thornicroft

Professor Graham Thornicroft has received a Knighthood for services to mental health in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.


Professor Thornicroft is a Consultant Psychiatrist in a community mental health team in Lambeth for South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) and a Professor of Community Psychiatry in the Centre for Global Mental Health at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN). He has made significant contributions to the development of mental health policy in England, including Chairing the External Reference Group for the National Service Framework for Mental Health, the national mental health plan for England for 1999-2009. 


He also chaired the World Health Organisation Guideline Development Group for the Mental Health Gap Action Programme Intervention Guide, a practical support for primary care staff in low income settings to help treat people with mental health problems, now used in over 90 countries worldwide. Professor Sir Thornicroft specialises in ways to reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness - he has led the evaluation of Time to Change, the national programme to reduce mental health stigma in England.


Professor Sir Thornicroft said: “The award of this Queen’s Birthday Honour is in recognition of work dedicated to improving mental health. To try to achieve this, all of the work I do is with teams of outstanding collaborators: people who use mental health services, family members, and colleagues in policy, clinical and research settings. Increasingly we see that the importance of mental health is being recognised at all levels, both in Britain and worldwide. Indeed our Royal Family is now in the vanguard of these efforts. My hope is that this award will further strengthen these global efforts to end the stigma of mental illness and to provide everyone with mental health problems the support and care they need.”

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