Black Swan Health a Hero

Stirling Times - - Stirling Business Awards - Sto­ries by Justin Bian­chini

A NOT-for-profit pri­mary and men­tal health ser­vices provider has won the Stir­ling Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion’s in­au­gu­ral Com­mu­nity Hero Award.

Judges se­lected Black Swan Health ahead of other fi­nal­ists Ed­mund Rice Cen­tre and Telethon Type 1 Di­a­betes Fam­ily Cen­tre.

In her ac­cep­tance speech, chief ex­ec­u­tive Te­rina Grace high­lighted one as­pect of the group’s work.

“Many of you may be em­ploy­ing young peo­ple,” she said.

“A young per­son with a men­tal ill­ness prob­a­bly has about a 10th or 15th of the chance of re­tain­ing em­ploy­ment be­cause there are real chal­lenges.

“We run a free pro­gram called YAp­pEE and that as­sists young peo­ple with men­tal ill­ness to keep em­ployed even in those times when the ill­ness makes it more chal­leng­ing.

“So if some­one in your work­force that you’d like to keep em­ploy­ing does have some chal­lenges, our ser­vice is free.

“We pro­vide ex­tended hours phone coun­selling and also a smart­phone in­no­va­tive ap­pli­ca­tion… and it makes a dif­fer­ence.”

The as­so­ci­a­tion’s In­no­va­tion award went to The Shortlis­ter

The Shortlis­ter founder Kerri Duff-Borthen said she started the busi­ness two years ago be­cause she wanted to “change the way re­cruit­ment was done in an in­dus­try I thought had lost its way”.

“I felt for small busi­ness with com­pletely non-sus­tain­able re­cruit­ment fees,” she said.

“And I wanted to de­velop some­thing to help small busi­ness.”

Te­rina Grace

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