Ernie Benbow, MBE, has been given the award as part of the Kings Birthday Honours 2024

State of Mind Sport would like to pass on our wholehearted congratulations to Ernie and thanks for enabling the charity’s journey to arrive where we are today.

Ernie is a co-founder of State of Mind Sport and made an outstanding contribution on our journey to becoming a charity.

Ernie has been awarded the MBE in the King’s Birthday Honours list 2024 ‘For services to the NHS, to Mental Health in Sport and to Education in St. Helens, Merseyside.’ (pictured right with fellow co-founders Dr. Phil Cooper MBE, left, and Malcolm Rae OBE, middle, last month)

Ernie said “It is with great humility, gratitude, and immense pride to be awarded such an honour and it is a testament to all the amazing people who have helped me in the NHS, State of Mind Sport and schools in St Helens.”

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On State of Mind Sport “I still struggle to believe what a letter, an article (pictured above) in a rugby league newspaper, and a meeting can achieve. The tireless efforts to promote mental health awareness have made a significant impact on countless lives, improving the mental health and welfare for sportspeople and the communities which they serve and I am so proud to have been a part of that success.”

State of Mind Sport are immensely grateful for Ernie’s contributions and congratulate him again on his amazing work in the NHS and in St Helens