The Distress Brief Intervention (DBI) programme has been announced in two categories for the prestigious Scottish Health Awards.

The programme has made it to the final stage in the ‘Care for Mental Health’ and ‘Integrated Care’ categories at the 2019 event, the final of which will take place next month.

Hundreds of submissions were made for inclusion in the finalists’ lists in the 17 award categories with DBI being shortlisted in two separate finalists’ categories.

National DBI programme manager Kevin O’Neill said: “We are humbled and honoured to have been nominated and announced as finalists in not only one category but two.

“DBI is a national and regional distress collaborative, which is building connected compassionate support for people presenting in distress.

“I am delighted that the incredible work of our front-line colleagues from Police Scotland, Scottish Ambulance Service, Emergency Departments, Primary Care and third Sector, working in the DBI development partnership areas of Aberdeen, Inverness, Scottish Borders, Lanarkshire and recently Moray, has been recognised.

“I really hope every organisation, partnership and individual who have been part of the development and delivery of the DBI programme, take a great deal of satisfaction from this public recognition.

“For me being a finalist reflects the absolutely brilliant work they have been doing over the last couple of years of the development programme, delivering connected, compassionate support.

“Their efforts have enable frontline services to deliver connected compassionate support. This in turn has helped and continues to help people in distress address their emotional pan, helping them take control of their situation, help them better manage the circumstances that contributed to it and ultimately help them feel better.

“The fact that over 4000 people have been referred for DBI support so far, with the vast majority saying t has helped them, is all the validation staff need.

“But they should also be very proud that such a prestigious award’s ceremony has recognised their fantastic partnership work in not one but two categories.”

The winners of the 2019 Scottish Health Awards will be announced at a special event in Edinburgh on Thursday 14 November.