Mental Health Month 2016

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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”. 

It is World Mental Health Day on 10 October 2016 and to demonstrate our support for challenging stigma South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust (SWLSTG) will again be running a range of free events across October to raise awareness of mental health and to stamp out stigma across south west London.

Along with a number of events we have launched our digital photography competition #upliftingimage again this year which is open to everyone living across our five boroughs - Sutton, Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Wandsworth. Find out more here.

If you have any queries about any of  the events below, please email communications@swlstg@tr.nhs.uk.

Please note: While these events are currently confirmed, they may be subject to change closer to the date. We will of course do our best to notify you of any changes, but please check this page closer to date to ensure the event is still running and the details (time, venue) are still the same. 

KEY EVENTS FOR OCTOBER MENTAL HEALTH MONTH: 


Tuesday, 4 October at 6pm: Mental Health Masterclass with Dr Emma Whicher and Dr Phil Moore

Location: Springfield University Hospital, Conference Room A

Dr Whicher is the medical director at South West London and St George's Mental Health Trust. Dr Phil Moore is Deputy Chair (Clinical) at NHS Kingston CCG and chairs the Mental Health Commissioners’ Network.Dr Whicher and Dr Moore will discuss current mental health issues in the UK. Tickets are free but RSVP is essential. 


Monday, 10 October at 2pm: Balloon Release Event at Recovery College

Location: Springfield University Hospital, Recovery College

To celebrate World Mental Health Day on 10 October, South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust (SWLSTG) Recovery College will hold a balloon release event. 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. 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.  


Monday, 10 October at 6pm: Premiere and Q&A of short film 'Escorted Leave'

Location: Springfield University Hospital, Conference Room A

Consultant Psychiatrist Dr Adil Akram works in Merton and has produced a short film about the experiences of a mental health patient. Come along to the premiere screening to celebrate World Mental Health Day and join in with Dr Akram and the actors afterwards for an in-depth Q&A about the film. It's a perfect after work event. Tickets are free but RSVP is essential.


Thursday, 13 October at 6pm: An Evening on Diversity and LGBT Mental Health 

Location: Earslfield Library,276 Magdalen Rd, London SW18 3NY (close to Earlsfield station)

South West London and St George's Mental Health Trust (SWLSTG) In association with The LGBT Mental Health Project within Wandsworth Care Alliance invite you to an evening  on diversity and LGBT mental health. 25% of the general population will at some point have mental health issues but 40% of the LGBT population have mental health issues at some point.If you live in Wandsworth, Merton, Sutton, Richmond, Kingston, are a staff member at the Trust or are part of a Healthwatch and have an interest in Diversity and LGBT Mental Health we hope you will join us for the evening. The event will include speakers followed by facilitated  workshops.The evening will provide you with a great opportunity to have a direct input on how the Mental Health Trust delivers mental health services to the LGBT Community in South west London. A light supper will be served.

Speakers will include: Peter Molyneux, Chairman of SWLSTG; Izzie Kpobie, Diversity Lead of SWLSTG; Daniel Smith, Stonewall Diversity Champions Representative.

Tickets are free but RSVP is essential.


Tuesday, 18 October at 10am: Tea and Talk 'Sophie' Day CAMHS Fundraiser

Location: Springfield University Hospital, Recovery College

Join us for a 'tea and talk' fundraiser for Aquarius (CAMHS) ward for young people with mental health issues. Let's talk about youth mental health and how we can help support child and adolescent mental health services.

Sophie Bennett was a former Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) patient who sadly passed away in May. Her parents launched a remarkable fundraising campaign calling for donations to be used for the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services Aquarius Ward at Springfield Hospital.

Cakes and sweets will be sold to raise funds for our Trust Charity. Please come along and hear from Sophie's parents and support our Trust charity and youth mental health services.

To support our Trust Charity please go here. To find out more about Sophie and her family please go here.


Friday, 21 October at 12pm: #Upliftingimage prizewinner ceremony 

Location: Springfield University Hospital, Conference Room A

We are announcing the winners of the #upliftingimage 2016 digital photography competition. Our digital photography competition coincides with World Mental Health Day and supports the national Time to Change campaign. The competition is open to local primary schools, staff at the Trust and local people living and working in the area. People are invited to submit an image of something that makes them happy to help challenge the stigma around mental health. We will welcome the competition winners from schools, public. Winning images will be unveiled, and prizes will be presented to the winners by Trust chairman Peter Molyneux and local MP Stephen Hammond. The competition photographs will be used to promote a better understanding of mental health and highlight that through support and positive messages, we can help people and challenge stigma.

Tickets are free but RSVP is requested. 



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