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Tuesday, 29 September 2020

October Mental Health Month

October 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".

Mental health is a human right – it’s time that mental health is available for all. We therefore need to make mental health a reality for all – for everyone, everywhere. We hope you will join us in celebrating Mental Health Day, particularly during this time within the content of COVID-19.

South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust is leading on celebrations for World Mental Health Day with a host of activities throughout the month of October. The theme for this year is Mental Health for All. Greater Investment – Greater Access”, and through our programme of events our aim is to challenge stigma and discrimination and raise awareness of mental health issues.

World Mental Health Day isn’t simply a one-day event. We need to start now and continue our call to ensure that no-one is left behind. Together we are stronger and together we can make a big difference all over the world.

We have a variety of events running across our sites in south west London including:

  • Dr Mudasir Firdosi, consultant psychiatrist, will present on ‘COVID-19 on an Acute In-patient Psychiatric Ward’ on 9 October.
  • World Mental Health Day 10 October: join us on Social media to make a pledge
  • Our annual #Upliftingimage digital photography competition which is open to local schools, public and staff. The competition closes on Sunday 18 October. The theme for 2020 is “What makes you happy”.
  • 27 October Don’t flip your lid, Tricia Nearn will present on Child Psychology and how to stay in control.
  • Recovery College courses for staff, patients, their carers and family throughout the month and their Anniversary
  • Talk Wandsworth series of online webinars
  • and many more.

Please see the pdf Full Events Calendar. (457 KB)

#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.