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Suzanne Duval BEM

Diverse Cymru are pleased to congratulate BME Mental Health Manager Suzanne Duval, who was awarded the British Empire Medal in the 2018 Queens Birthday Honours List.

Suzanne received the award for dedicating 18 years of work and activism within the BME Mental Health sector in Wales.

This is the latest award for Suzanne to receive, following previous commendation from the Black Voluntary Sector Network Awards, GlaxoSmithKline Health Impact Award, and the Guardian Charity.

Suzanne has spent the last 30 years working in the BME sector, and her work has been acknowledged by practitioners in the Health service, Local Authority and voluntary sector peers.

In 2015, Suzanne designed and published a Cultural Competency Toolkit for Mental Health for Wales which was the first of its kind in the country.

It is aimed at practitioners, professionals and front-line staff working within mental health, health and social care sector in Wales.

The toolkit was launched by the Health Minister Vaughan Gething in 2016, and has been followed in 2018 with the rolling out of an Accreditation Standard which will provide through an established accredited body, the United Kingdom Investors in Equality and Diversity (UKIED), a charter mark that organisations can work towards an excellence standard in culturally appropriate services.

Vaughan Gething said: 

“Diverse Cymru provides valuable support for our NHS mental health services by providing a voice and support for people from BME service users in Wales

“I welcome the development of the Cultural Competency Toolkit which will help professionals and services deliver more appropriate care and support. Such projects will help us achieve a number of the goals included in our ten-year strategy Together for Mental Health.”