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Campaigns - tackling stigma

Campaigns

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 

We are running our popular #upliftingimage’ competition again for 2017.  The theme for this year’s competition is ‘mental health through your lens’. (Enter Here)

We hope to again get people in the community talking about mental health in a positive way – so we are looking for images (it can be photographs, paintings or drawings) that you have produced that promote positive mental health.

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 your 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.  It’s easy to enter – just upload your image (it has to be one that you own and have produced or created) and tell us why it promotes positive mental health.

The competition will be ongoing throughout the year until October and is open to the public, local schools and staff members across south west London.

This will be the third time the Trust has run the competition which is proving to be incredibly popular – with entries from schools, the public and Trust staff.

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”.

The closing date for entries is 10 October and you can submit your entry here. Prizes will be available for the best entries during Mental Health Month. If you have any more questions please email communications@swlstg-tr.nhs.uk and we will get back to you.

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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