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Tom McAlpine OBE

//Tom McAlpine OBE

Tom McAlpine OBE

Tom McAlpline, chairman of Moodswings has been awarded an OBE by the Queen for his services to mental health care over the last forty years.
Tom explained: “I set up the Moodswings network with a group of people who like me had family members who had experienced mental health problems. I realised there was a need for a form of support that complimented the help that people receive from the NHS, I wanted to create something that would be a community of support for people who had been touched by mental health issues.”
“I still think mental health is a sort of taboo within society, many people don’t want to know about it or don’t know how to address it. People from all walks of life can be effected and yet people are still ashamed to admit that they are finding life a little difficult to handle, that is why I think being awarded an OBE is fantastic, because it sheds light on a subject that has been hiding in the shadows.”
Moodswings reaches out to people all over the North West, their main aim is to focus on the future rather than the past. They concentrate on getting people back out into society, living their lives rather than dwelling on the negatives.
“The charity isn’t about counselling although we do offer that, it is about getting people up off their feet and embracing life, getting people to do things that they wouldn’t normally do and getting them to interact with people who may have experienced the same difficulties. We work closely with the Universities and other charities to ensure we are giving the best help we can.”
The charity offers one to one sessions with mentors designed to get people thinking about life in a more positive way, many of the people who go to the charity for support are encouraged to take part in activities such as belly dancing, pottery classes and a choir.
Tom said: “I didn’t even know I had been awarded an OBE until I got a letter through my front door from the Palace and even then I didn’t believe it so I got on the telephone to Buckingham Palace to make sure they hadn’t made a mistake, and when they confirmed it for me I was delighted. I don’t know when the ceremony is yet, it will probably be in August some time, I suppose the Queen and I will have to get together and check our diaries and see when we are both free!”
“I just hope that by receiving this great honour it will highlight mental health and squash any embarrassment people may have about it. One in three people suffer with some form of mental health issues so I am just pleased that it is being recognised as a real problem.”

2016-12-01T03:14:42+00:00 December 23rd, 2011|