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Thursday, 08 October 2015

Recovery College balloon release led by Tooting MP Sadiq Khan

Published Date: 08 October 2015

To celebrate World Mental Health Day on 10 October, South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust (SWLSTG) Recovery College held a balloon release event on Friday 9 October, with journaling taster sessions, mindfulness workshops and lunch. 

Our Trust's ground-breaking Recovery College asked students and staff at the college to put messages of hope, inspiration and recovery on 250 ecologically-friendly balloons.

WMHD Balloon release

Tooting MP Sadiq Khan led the release with Mandy Stevens, Director of Nursing and Quality Standards.

The Recovery College is a pioneering educational facility, and the first UK college to provide recovery education for patients using the services of the Trust, as well as their families, carers and staff.

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."

Sadiq Khan MP said:

"The team at Springfield Hospital do a fantastic job at not only providing treatment to their patients, but working to raise awareness about mental health in our community, and it was a pleasure to be asked to join them for their World Mental Health Day celebrations.

"It was great to see staff, patients and local residents come together to release these balloons, full of messages of inspiration and recovery.

"World Mental Health Day is an important opportunity to increase awareness, to help shift the stigma that is still attached to mental health problems and encourage people who need help to seek it. If you haven't yet been involved with the activities Springfield Hospital have organised throughout October to help raise awareness - it's not too late."

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.

We have also launched a digital photography competition - #upliftingimage - where local primary schools, staff and members of the public can send in an image that makes them smile or uplifts their mood.  Closing date for entries is 10 October.  More details are available on our website.


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