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PUBLISHED: 17:04 14 October 2009 | UPDATED: 09:10 12 August 2010

A JOURNALIST who lost her son to suicide hosted an awards ceremony dedicated to the psychiatric profession. Broadcaster Libby Purves presented Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, which looks after the mental health of patients in Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich,

A JOURNALIST who lost her son to suicide hosted an awards ceremony dedicated to the psychiatric profession.

Broadcaster Libby Purves presented Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, which looks after the mental health of patients in Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich, with two prizes at the Royal College of Psychiatrists awards ceremony last Tuesday.

Oxleas won Mental Health Service Provider of the Year and the Medical Manager or Leader of the Year award, which went to Dr Ify Okocha, at the event at the Royal Society of Medicine in London.

Dr Okocha, recently promoted to the role of Oxleas' medical director, said: "I am delighted to have been given this award. However, I would not have received this honour were it not for the hard work and dedication of my colleagues at Oxleas whose efforts were recognised by the Mental Health Service Provider of the Year award."

Ms Purves said: "I lost my son Nicholas to suicide three years ago this summer. I am someone who has accepted that there will always be cases of suicide. I maintain a greater respect for psychiatrists because of my experience and I believe we need the blend of scientific and intuitive skills offered by psychiatrists.

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