New ‘Seni Lewis Award’ to recognise collaborative work between police and health service

Olaseni Lewis
Olaseni Lewis

source: Metropolitan Police
published: 12 October 2018

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), in partnership with South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM), have announced the new ‘Seni Lewis Award’ in memory of Mr Lewis and to mark his death in 2010.

The national award, which was announced on Thursday, 11 October at the Positive Practice Mental Health Awards 2018 ceremony in Liverpool, will be presented for the first time at the same ceremony in 2019.

The award will recognise the best collaborative initiatives between the police and health services, to showcase the importance of providing a multi-agency response to mental health crises.

Mr Olaseni Lewis was 23-years-old when he died on Friday, 3 September 2010 following a prolonged period of restraint by police officers on 31 August 2010 whilst he was a patient at Bethlem Royal Hospital suffering a mental health crisis.

Seni’s parents, Aji and Conrad Lewis, said: “When Seni became ill, we took him to hospital which we thought was the best place for him. We shall always bear the cross of knowing that, instead of the help and care he needed, Seni met with his death in circumstances where he was failed by the hospital and the police alike . We don’t want any other family to suffer as we have suffered.”

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