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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.  Download our Full 2018 Event Calendar here.

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 is "young people and mental health in a changing world". View this year's winners 

This year we supported a number of events across south west London throughout October, including:

  • Our annual #Upliftingimage digital photography competition which is open to local schools, public and staff. The competition closed on 10 October. The theme for 2018 iwas contentment – what does it mean to you?
  • An exhibition celebrating Black History Month at the Evolve BME Staff Conference including internal and external speakers.
  • Recovery College  courses for staff, patients, their carers and family throughout the month.
  • World Mental Health Day: staff and patients from our Deaf services will express their experiences of mental health problems on canvas. The session will take place at the Recovery College on 10 October.
  • Weekly social media posts and animations.
  • 10th annual Healing our broken village conference 25 October.
  •  and many more.

Keep up to date  on facebook and twitter.

#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@swlstg@tr.nhs.uk.

Campaigns - tackling stigma

Campaigns

Anyone can be affected by mental health at any point in life and even if you haven’t had a mental health issue yourself, you probably know someone who has. As Trust we run a number of campaigns throughout the year. 

We are determined to challenge stigma and discrimination and raise awareness of mental health issues and each year we work with local partners to campaign for changes to policy and legislation, working with other professionals to improve the lives of those living with mental health problems nationwide. 

Mental Health Awareness Week (14-20 May)

Every year we support mental health Awareness Week. Find out more about living with depression from Chris, our Associate Director of HR.

 

 

#Upliftingimage Digital Photography Competition 

After the success of last year’s digital photo competition, we would like to invite you to take part in this year competition to support World Mental Health Day on 10 October 2019 and the national Time to Change campaign.

One in four people will be affected by mental illness in any year, and around one in ten children experience a mental health problem at any one time (that is three pupils in the average school classroom). We hope through our competition to help raise awareness of mental health issues within the community, particularly in schools.

This year we are running a competition themed “Body image – how we think and feel about our bodies.” Having body image concerns is a relatively common experience and can be a risk factor for mental health problems. Research has found that higher body dissatisfaction is associated with a poorer quality of life, psychological distress and the risk of unhealthy eating behaviours and eating disorders. The photos can include exercise activities, healthy eating or even a walk in the park.

New online surveys were conducted in March 2019 and the results highlighted that: 

  • One in five adults felt shame, and 19% felt disgusted because of their body image in the last year. 
  • Among teenagers, 37% felt upset, and 31% felt ashamed in relation to their body image.
  • Just over one third of adults said they had ever felt anxious or depressed because of their body.

#bebodykind

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.  We want #UpliftingImage to help raise awareness of peoples connection with mental health through photography. The aim of the campaign is to get as many people to share a picture that helps to promote a better understanding of mental health.

We hope to use this collection of photographs to: promote better understanding around mental health; highlight that through support, understanding and positive messages we can help people and challenge stigma; and demonstrate that everyone has an uplifting image that can lift their mood.

We hope that this competition is something that you are interested in entering. To submit a photograph to the competition please click here .

We will hold a prize-giving afternoon on Friday 25 October at Springfield University Hospital in Tooting, attended by local media and competition winners, where we will display the winning images.  The closing date for entries is Thursday 10 October 2019. 

If you have any queries about the competition, please email communications@swlstg.nhs.uk.

Mental Health Month

We support the national anti-stigma campaign - Time to Change - and each year we dedicate the month of October to celebrating mental health, tackling discrimination and raising awareness to encourage people to talk about mental health issues. Find out more.

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Media Statements

 Below you will find our recent statements.

28 February 2018

Statement regarding Eating Disorders Service consultation

We wanted to take the opportunity to set the record straight so everyone can have the facts.

As an NHS Trust with one of the longest established and largest eating disorders services nationally we are duty bound to provide the highest quality service – based on best practice guidance and evidence based wherever possible.

This is why we are making some changes to an old service so that that it can be in line with the new NICE guidance from May 2017 and the quality standards for eating disorders set by the Royal College of Psychiatrists (QED), meaning that resources and treatment options are as up-to-date as possible.

The changes will mean that both staff and the patients can benefit across the inpatient unit, day unit and outpatient eating disorders service. The improvements include:

  • A brand new Nurse Manager post in the eating disorders day unit providing physical monitoring and clinical management.
  • A bigger variety of psychological therapies being available in inpatient and day patient services which will support patients with different needs.
  • Better joined-up care and treatment for patients moving into or out of our services
  • More specialist clinical supervision for the nursing team across the care and treatment we provide.
  • Improved reflective practice for the expert inpatient multi–disciplinary team who care for patients.
  • Stronger clinical leadership in terms of a new senior clinical Occupational Therapy role.

We understand that not everyone reading the petition would have been made aware of these facts – and that we are making these improvements across the whole service.

We have spoken with staff and our patients about these changes and we will continue to do so.

Not everyone will agree with these changes – but it’s really important that everyone signing this petition knows that we are absolutely clear that we are committed to providing the very best possible care and treatment to our patients and we would not make changes – no matter how small, if they were not going to improve the services we provide.

 

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23 May 2017

Statement regarding Neuro CAMHS Assessment Service

“In the recent Trust board meeting in May, suggested changes to our CAMHS Neurodevelopmental Assessment Service were presented. No decision has been made by the Trust or by the commissioning CCGs. Any changes would require detailed engagement with stakeholders and Merton CCG, as lead commissioner working with partner CCGs, will talk to local people before reaching any final conclusions on how best to go forward.

We recognise the concerns of families of children with a neurodevelopmental condition and the groups who support them and that these must be addressed in any proposal brought forward for consideration.

The Trust and SWL CCG commissioners are committed to working together to ensure young people access the most appropriate service for their needs. We need to get the model of service and service capacity right for the range of needs across SW London.”

 

 

 

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