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South London Listens – Mental Ill Health Prevention and Recovery Community Summit - 16 June 2021 - 6pm to 8pm 

Community leaders from across South London invite you to the South London Listens mental health summit on Wednesday 16 June 2021 where they will present urgent actions to tackle the looming mental health crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.  

Whether it is dealing with the virus itself, losing your job, juggling the demands of work and home schooling, feeling lonely, missing friends or the tragedy of losing a loved one, we have all had a very personal experience of living through this pandemic.  

During the first three months of this year 21% of adults experienced depression, more than double the level in 2019. For some of us its effects will be short lived, but for others Covid-19 will cast a long shadow as they begin to rebuild their lives.  

Sign up to take part here

Our journey so far 

In summer 2020, the Mental Ill-Health Prevention and Recovery Programme was formed in response to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the mental health and wellbeing of our communities.  

Driven by the three mental health Trusts in south London (SWLStG, SLaM and Oxleas), the programme has support from all local authority partners (councillors and leaders), South West London and South East London Integrated Care Systems, Healthwatch organisations and several community organisations.  

The programme has established a Taskforce, hosted three community summits, and commissioned and delivered the South London Listens campaign in partnership with Citizens UK.  

Between November 2020 and March 2021, the campaign heard from 5,732 people across South London and focused on reaching groups disproportionately affected by mental ill health. There were also ‘mini-summits’ in several boroughs, attended by community leaders and MPs to share their experiences and ideas.  

Throughout March and April 2021, these events were complimented by an online survey which was completed by nearly 600 people.  

Time to act

Since last year, community leaders have been bringing their communities together to talk about their personal experiences and codesign solutions that will have a lasting impact.  

More than 5,700 people have shared their stories and ideas. At this summit they will present their action plan around four key areas that need to be urgently tackled: social isolation, work and wages, young people and parents, and access to services.  

Hundreds of members of our communities will be joined by NHS Mental Health Trusts, local authorities, voluntary sector organisations and commissioners who will all be pledging to take specific actions.  

By pledging their support, this summit marks the beginning of a two-year mental ill health prevention and recovery programme to turn the tide and help create strong, resilient and healthy communities.  

Register today

Join your community by registering for this ground-breaking summit today.  

The summit will be held on Zoom on Wednesday 16 June 2021 from 6pm to 8pm. Register now here!

If you have any accessibility requirements or questions about the summit please email

About our taskforce 

The initiative follows the establishment of the ‘South London Covid-19 Preventing Mental-ill Health Taskforce’, a group made up of representatives from across the programme’s partner organisations. Its purpose is to take forward a long-term prevention programme focused on protecting and promoting mental health in the community.  

In 2020, the South London Mental Health and Community Partnership laid the foundations for the programme by hosting a number of digital summits to bring people together. The Taskforce built on early insights gained to develop a set of ambition statements in six key areas:

  1. Social isolation, loneliness and community involvement

  2. Helping people who are at risk of losing their jobs cope

  3. Housing insecurity and environment

  4. Supporting communities and groups who experience disadvantage

  5. Supporting families, children and young people

  6. Developing a long-term, joined-up approach to prevention

Alongside this, the Taskforce has started work to shape possible solutions to the impacts of Covid-19 on our communities’ mental health. Ideas include tackling the digital divide, improving mental health awareness and signposting, co-producing information on mental health promotion and prevention, identifying the barriers to support and growing community networks. 



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