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The APT Awards for Excellence

The APT Awards for Excellence in fostering good mental health in the workplace.

This award is to highlight the importance of this subject. People spend so much time in the workplace that anything we can do there to foster good mental health is likely to pay off handsomely for everybody.

Application is simple: just 2,000 words, and the preparedness to present your submission online via Zoom on the 29th September 2022, if you are selected as a finalist.

Entry is free and the closing date for submissions is 31st July 2022. The application may be on your own behalf or on behalf of your service, and each successful submission will be published on our website. The main motivator is the status of winning the award itself as well as presenting in the finals if you are selected.

The benefit of receiving such an award is primarily in satisfaction and status. The tangible benefit is in the form of a certificate, which states your receipt of the award. You will also be able to put the words “Recipient of The APT Award for Fostering Good Mental Health in the Workplace, 2022” on your letters / emails, if you wish.

You can submit whatever you judge would be relevant to the title of the award: anything that describes how you or your organisation fosters good mental health. More credit will be allocated to ‘substantial’ evidence-based measures such as ensuring that people are in roles that suit their aptitudes, as opposed to less substantial ones, such as urging people to talk about their feelings and emotions.

How to apply

To apply, there is a simple procedure and it is free of charge:

1. Write the project of up to 2,000 words.

2. Send it off to us to get to us by the end of July (email submissions to office@apt.ac).

3. If you are shortlisted for an award, present your project online via Zoom, where other professionals will also present their submissions. 10-15 minutes per paper. It’s free to attend for presenters and other mental health professionals.

4. Sit back and hope yours is the winner. The winner will be announced and awarded that day. Being a finalist itself is something you can put on their emails, letterheads or whatever, and we’re hoping that people will be proud to do so!


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The APT Awards for Excellence  ❯


The APT Awards for Excellence 2021  ❯


The APT Awards for Excellence 2022  ❯


Past Finalists  ❯


The APT Award for Excellence in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy  ❯


The APT-DICES® Award for Excellence in Risk Assessment and Management  ❯


The APT-RAID® Award for Excellence in Working with Challenging Behaviour  ❯


The APT Award for Fostering Good Mental Health in the Workplace  ❯

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