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Monday, 10 May 2021

Covid-19: Urgent community summit to prevent a mental health crisis

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, feeling isolated, or the tragedy of losing a loved one, we have all had a very personal experience of living through this pandemic.

In 2020 the UK experienced the biggest decline in GDP since the 1920s, and 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. 67% of young people believe that the pandemic will have a long-term negative effect on their mental health. 

Time to act

Since last year, 350 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 asks around four key areas that have significant impacted their mental health since Covid-19 and need to be urgently tackled: social isolation, work and wages, young people and parental mental health and access to services.  

Hundreds of members of our communities will be joined by NHS Mental Health Trusts, local authorities, voluntary sector organisations and NHS Commissioners who will all be asked to pledge their commitment 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.  

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 had strong 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 including faith leaders, head teachers, students, governors and more.  

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

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. You can register by clicking here.

If you have any accessibility requirements or questions about the summit please email Communications@swlstg.nhs.uk 

 

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