Tuesday, 05 November 2019
October saw our Trust celebrate Mental Health Month to demonstrate our support for challenging the stigma of talking about mental health conditions.
The Trust marked the occasion with events across our sites throughout the month to coincide with World Mental Health Day on 10 October.
To raise awareness of mental health across south west London, we held an exhibition of some exceptional pieces of art created by our patients, a day of fantastic craft activities and held a digital photography competition, #upliftingimage, open to all communities across our five boroughs.
In its fifth year, the 2019 #upliftingimage competition’s theme was ‘Body image’. The winning entries were celebrated at a event on 25 October attended by Stephen Hammond, MP for Wimbledon.
The event saw the Trust choir performing, and prizes were awarded in three categories – a Local Schools Award, won by Navasha Wray from the Royal Academy of Art; a Public Award, taken by Morgan Gallaway, and the Staff Award category saw two winners – Trust apprentice Guy Foxen and nurse Mignon Molyneux.
Vanessa Ford, Chief Executive (acting) of South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust said:
“Mental Health Month is incredibly important to our Trust to have vital conversations to remove the stigma around about mental health. It’s chance for us to work with our service users, carers and communities to carry on building bridges.
“These initiatives are part of the significant improvement our Trust has made in how we involve in service user and carers and engage our staff, much of which is carried out through our Making Life Better Together Programme.
“Thank you to everyone who got involved, as it really is making a difference.”