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Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Covid-19: Preventing a Mental Health Crisis Summit on 20 July 2020

Covid-19: Preventing a Mental Health Crisis Summit on 20 July 2020

South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust and the South West London Health and Care Partnership jointly with our local partners are hosting a Mental Health Crisis Summit on 20 July from 2-4pm to address how we can work together to protect our communities’ mental health as result of Covid-19.

The Summit, which will be held entirely online, will address the wider impact on our communities’ mental wellbeing as the country emerges from Covid-19. Together with our partners, the Summit will aim to set out the key principles behind a 12-month targeted programme of prevention aimed at people who now find the pressure of Covid-19 is having an impact on their mental wellbeing.

Ann Beasley, Chair of South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust said: "We invite our partners from across south west London to come together for this urgent, vital Summit. We want to reach people who may not previously have accessed mental health services, but now find that the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted their wellbeing. We look forward to working closely with our local authorities and partner organisations."

Millie Banerjee, Chairman of the South West London ICS  said: “We can anticipate that there will be a much wider impact on our communities’ mental wellbeing as the country emerges from Covid-19, and into a recession which has seen the economy shrink by over 20% with potentially two million job losses by the end of the year. We also know, that Covid-19 is having a disproportionate impact on our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities. By working together now, we can aim to prevent  thousands of people’s lives being affected by mental illness.”

Research shows unemployment, income decline, and unmanageable debts brought by economic downturns are significantly associated with poor mental wellbeing, increased rates of common mental disorders, substance-related disorders, and suicidal behaviours.[1]

The latest data from the Office of National Statistics has reported that people’s anxiety levels have doubled from what they were pre-Covid-19. [2]

The Summit will involve a series of discussions and workshops with experts by experience and leading figures in mental and public health from across south west London.

The Mental Health Crisis Summit is taking place on Monday 20 July 2020 from 2-4pm. You can reserve your tickets by registering online here.

For more information please email Communications@swlstg.nhs.uk

 

[1] https://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12889-016-2720-y

[2] https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/wellbeing/articles/coronavirusandanxietygreatbritain/3april2020to10may2020