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stem4’s Nihara Krause receives British Citizen Award


We are delighted to announce that Dr Nihara Krause CEO of stem4, the charity supported by Diespeker, received a British Citizen Award for Services to Healthcare (BCAh). These awards honour individuals who are positively impacting society.

Nihara was recognised for her work in fighting anxiety amongst young people through psychoeducation. Her medal was presented to Nihara at Westminster Palace by Dame Mary Perkins, Co-Founder of Specsavers, a long-term supporter of the British Citizen Awards, who is also a Patron.

Nihara set up teenage mental health charity stem4 in 2011 in response to the death of a local 15 year old teenager who lost her battle with anorexia nervosa, to provide accurate, user-friendly psycho-education to young people, their families and carers and schools. One of the biggest impacts was Nihara’s creation of the Calm Harm App which she developed in consultation with young people that wanted to self-harm. The app, which is free, has been downloaded over 900,000 times and is now on the NHS library.

The British Citizen Awards (BCAs) were launched in 2015, to recognise exceptional individuals who work tirelessly and selflessly to make a positive impact on society. BCAs are awarded twice annually and recognise extraordinary people whose achievements may otherwise be overlooked.

Dr Krause is one of 30 medallists who were honoured at a prestigious ceremony on 24th January 2019, at the Palace of Westminster. All BCA recipients have selflessly undertaken various activities in support of a number of worthy causes. Each received a Medal of Honour, inscribed with the words ‘For the Good of the Country’. Medallists are also invited to use the initials BCA after their name.

The event was hosted by TV star Michael Underwood, who stated “Having presented the very first British Citizen Awards, it’s a real honour to be invited back and a privilege. I am in awe learning more about the incredible people being recognised for their contribution to society”.

Our heartfelt congratulations to Nihara for this recognition of her wonderful work.

Diespeker is a major corporate sponsor of stem4, having donated around £25,000 to date to support the charity. To find out more about stem4 or make a donation, please visit the website.

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