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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".

Every year the Trust  celebrates World Mental Health Day to demonstrate our support for challenging stigma South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust (SWLSTG) and  celebrate October Mental Health Month with events across our sites to raise awareness of mental health and to stamp out stigma across south west London. 

We  also run our popular digital photography competition - #upliftingimage - where local schools, youth organisations, staff and members of the public can send in an image that makes them smile and uplifts their mood. The theme this year was ‘mental health through your lens’ with the aim of promoting positive mental health. 

We celebrated with more than 50 events across south west London throughout October, including:

  • Celebrating Black History Month with poetry, music and storytelling in our Springfield University Hospital and Tolworth Hospital canteen
  • Annual Trust staff football competition 
  • World Mental Health Day: students and members of the community and will transform the Recovery College with a  ‘Butterflies and Banner’ creative art session at the Recovery College on 10 October
  • 'Seriously Funny'  A Comedy Night Fundraiser for the Trust Charity
  • Healing Our Broken Village Conference  
  • #Upliftingimage Digital Photography 
  • Recovery College courses for staff, patients, their carers and family throughout the month
  • Trust podcast series for Mental Health Month – weekly conversations and interviews with staff members who will talk about: working in mental health and issues in their field. 
  • Pop-up ‘Problem Solving Booths’ across Tooting, Kingston and Richmond co-hosted with Hestia’s Recovery Café
  • Mindfulness Workshops

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Keep up to date with our competition and events on facebook and twitter.

#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

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Campaigns - tackling stigma


Anyone can be affected by mental health at any point in life and even if you haven’t had a mental health issue yourself, you probably know someone who has. As Trust we run a number of campaigns throughut the year. 

We are determined to challenge stigma and discrimination and raise awareness of mental health issues and each year we work with local partners to campaign for changes to policy and legislation, working with other professionals to improve the lives of those living with mental health problems nationwide. We will be running campaigns in 2017 - so watch this space for more information or follow us on twitter and facebook.

#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. 

Mental illness is far more common than many people think, yet it is still often met with ignorance and discrimination. Imagery is a great way of stimulating discussion, promoting understanding and changing attitudes. 

This is a chance to talk positively about mental health and go into the running to win a prize.  

We want #upliftingimage to help raise awareness of peoples connection with mental health through photography. The aim of the campaign is to get as many people to share a picture that helps to promote a better understanding of mental health.

We know that one in four Londoners will experience a diagnosable mental health condition in a year. We shouldn’t be afraid to talk about mental health – we should give our mental health as much attention as we give our bodies.”

Through getting people involved in #upliftingimage, we want to reach out to more people than ever before to challenge the stigma and discrimination still associated with mental health”.

See the winning entries here

Mental Health Month

We support the national anti-stigma campaign - Time to Change - and each year we dedicate the month of October to celebrating mental health, tackling discrimination and raising awareness to encourage people to talk about mental health issues with over 50 events across south west London. Find out more.


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Media Statements

 Below you will find our recent statements.


23 May 2017

Statement regarding Neuro CAMHS Assessment Service

“In the recent Trust board meeting in May, suggested changes to our CAMHS Neurodevelopmental Assessment Service were presented. No decision has been made by the Trust or by the commissioning CCGs. Any changes would require detailed engagement with stakeholders and Merton CCG, as lead commissioner working with partner CCGs, will talk to local people before reaching any final conclusions on how best to go forward.

We recognise the concerns of families of children with a neurodevelopmental condition and the groups who support them and that these must be addressed in any proposal brought forward for consideration.

The Trust and SWL CCG commissioners are committed to working together to ensure young people access the most appropriate service for their needs. We need to get the model of service and service capacity right for the range of needs across SW London.”



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Reporting guidelines

We want to ensure that incidents are reported fairly and accurately.  We consider it one of our responsibilities to make sure the reporting of certain incidents is done transparently and consistently. Media reporting guidlines can be found here.

Reporting suicides

  • We are committed to providing safe, supportive care and minimising risk amongst people using mental health services. For a very small number of people admitted to hospital, high risk behaviour and determination to self-harm or take their own lives challenges the measures we take to protect patients from harm. Very sadly, a number of inpatient suicides occur nationally each year. 
  • The death of anyone using our services is a tragedy, and we do everything we can to avoid such events from occurring. It is important to clarify that this is not just a local concern. The numeber of suicides is frequently discussed by those running mental health services across the country so please use sensitivity when reporting.
  • When reporting on a suicide please refer to the Samartians best practice guide which are aimed at those reporting suicide in any media, from factual description to dramatic portrayal.

Reporting absconds

  • Absconding or ‘absent without leave’ (AWOL) refers to departure of a patient from a ward/ department without prior arrangement.
  • A voluntary patient can leave hospital anytime he or she wishes, however it would be desirable he/she discusses this with staff in the first instance.
  • Issues emerge if if the patient lacks mental capacity or there are concerns that the patient represented a significant risk of harm to him/herself or others.
  • All absconding incidents are reported in accordance with the Trust procedure for reporting accidents/incidents.
  • If you are reporting a story where a person has 'absconded' it would be inaccurate to state a person has 'escaped' or use similar terms. Such language can have a deterimental effect on patients and cause unneccesary stress to members of the public.
  • When reporting an absconding incident please ensure you check with the communications team to ensure you have the most up-to-date information. We are always happy to help where we can. 



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