Award set up in Deborah’s name

Marsha Mungo-Okolie PNL-150828-153551001
Marsha Mungo-Okolie PNL-150828-153551001

An inspirational mental health nurse has been celebrated by having a staff award dedicated to her name.

Deborah Bone, who worked for Herts Community NHS Trust, was awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List for her services to children’s mental health.

Sadly, she died from bone marrow cancer the day the award was announced.

The Deborah Bone MBE Award for Innovation was presented by Deborah’s widower, Colin Bone, at the NHS trust’s Leading Lights staff awards.

Fittingly, the award was won by mental health advisor Marsha Mungo-Okolie, who worked with Deborah in the STEP2 Service – an early intervention service for children with mental illness, which Deborah set up.

Marsha won the award for her work on My Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Fitness Prescription, inspired by a visit to a doctor’s surgery.

Realising that doctors don’t visit your home three times a day to administer antibiotics, but give you a prescription, Marsha was inspired to create a mental health and emotional wellbeing fitness prescription sheet to support families to take responsibility for their child’s care and recovery.

My Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Fitness Prescription is now being used by clinicians across the Step2 service.

Marsha said: “Working in the STEP2 team, it was impossible not to be completely inspired by Deborah.

“She thought outside the box and was very determined to improve children’s mental health in any way possible.

“Deborah had a positive outlook and encouraged different techniques such as visualisation, which helped get the most out of our team.

“If I am faced with a tough decision I always use the rule: ‘What would Deborah do?’

“It really meant a lot being presented this award.”