We celebrated World Mental Health Day on Saturday 10 October with two open events at our Springfield University site and in Kingston town centre.
Our open event at Kingston All Saints Church was held from 11 to 3pm and was part of the Kingston Mind Festival taking place in the church. Representatives from the Trust's Kingston and Richmond teams, Pharmacy Services, OCD services and the Trust's communications team were on hand to talk to the public about our services and to encourage discussion on issues around mental health. We also had free cakes and cake decorating activities for children.
We also had an open event at Springfield University Hospital in the main canteen between 11am and 2pm, with free refreshments, snacks and cakes. We had information stalls on Stoptober smoking cessation advice, a patient experience stand and our estates modernisation team showcasing our estate modernisation plans.
We also had a stall hosted by Spears Homeless Health Link Service, an organisation which links current or former rough sleepers from Richmond, Sutton, Wandsworth, Merton and Kingston into primary and secondary care services, supporting mental and physical health services. More information on Spears Homeless Health Link Service can be found on their website.
Finally, we had our very own Jacqueline Ewers, from the Patient Experience team, reciting her moving and powerful poetry and leading a discussion around stigma in mental health issues and the affect this can have on family and friends. Patients, staff and the public dropped in throughout the day to join in and celebrate with us.
David Bradley, Chief Executive at South West London and St. George's Mental Health NHS Trust, said:
"We are proud to be celebrating World Mental Health Day with our series of events throughout October.
"We know that one in four of us will be affected by mental illness at some point in our life and that 9 out of 10 people say that their problems are made worse by experiencing stigma and discrimination."
The theme of World Mental Health Day this year is dignity, and through our programme of events we aim to challenge stigma and discrimination and raise awareness of mental health issues. For up-to-date information on open days and other events - please see the timetable on our website.