Mental Health Month
1 in 4 people will suffer from a mental health problem at some point in their life. We should not be afraid to “talk about it".
Every year the Trust celebrates World Mental Health Day to demonstrate our support for challenging stigma South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust (SWLSTG) and celebrate October Mental Health Month with events across our sites to raise awareness of mental health and to stamp out stigma across south west London.
We also run our popular digital photography competition - #upliftingimage - where local schools, youth organisations, staff and members of the public can send in an image that makes them smile and uplifts their mood. The theme this year was ‘mental health through your lens’ with the aim of promoting positive mental health.
We celebrated with more than 50 events across south west London throughout October, including:
- Celebrating Black History Month with poetry, music and storytelling in our Springfield University Hospital and Tolworth Hospital canteen
- Annual Trust staff football competition
- World Mental Health Day: students and members of the community and will transform the Recovery College with a ‘Butterflies and Banner’ creative art session at the Recovery College on 10 October
- 'Seriously Funny' A Comedy Night Fundraiser for the Trust Charity
- Healing Our Broken Village Conference
- #Upliftingimage Digital Photography
- Recovery College courses for staff, patients, their carers and family throughout the month
- Trust podcast series for Mental Health Month – weekly conversations and interviews with staff members who will talk about: working in mental health and issues in their field.
- Pop-up ‘Problem Solving Booths’ across Tooting, Kingston and Richmond co-hosted with Hestia’s Recovery Café
- Mindfulness Workshops
#Upliftingimage Digital Photography Competition
Each year we run our digital photography competition #upliftingimage which is open to everyone living across our five boroughs - Sutton, Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Wandsworth.
This is a chance to talk positively about mental health and go into the running to win a prize. The idea is to inspire, explore and talk about it.
If you have any queries about mental health month or would like to collaborate on events next year, please email communications@firstname.lastname@example.org.