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Friday, 12 August 2016

SWLSTG launches digital photography competition #Upliftingimage – what makes you happy?

SWLSTG launches digital photography competition #Upliftingimage  – what makes you happy?

talkaboutit this mental health month

 

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  #UpliftingImage - a digital photography competition open to everyone living across our five boroughs - Sutton, Kingston, Merton, Richmond and Wandsworth.

The aim is simple - send in a photograph that makes you feel happy.

We hope to gather a collection of photographs that will promote a better understanding of mental health issues, highlight that through support, understanding and positive messaging we can help people and challenge stigma, and demonstrate that everyone has an uplifting image that can lift your mood and make you feel happy.

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.

Chief Executive David Bradley said:

"We are proud to be supporting World Mental Health Day on the 10th October. We know that one in four of us will be affected by mental illness in any year and that 9 out of 10 people say that their problems are made worse by experiencing stigma and discrimination.

"We want to encourage people to talk about mental health and challenge the stigma around it.  As part of our celebration during the month, we hope that you will take part in our digital photography competition and help us build up a collection of photo's that help make you happy and uplift your mood."

The competition will be open to the public living in our five boroughs - you will not have to have any professional experience, you will just need to tell us how your photo can help uplift your mood, and so challenge stigma. Entries will all be online and there will be the chance to view the photographs on our Facebook page.

The competition ends 10 October 2016.

Entries should be sent in to: upliftingimagepublic@swlstg-tr.nhs.uk, accompanied with the submission form.  If the image is larger than 1MB please use WeTransfer (details on how to do this are on the submission form). You can find out more about the events we are holding on Mental Health Month here

A prize-giving will be held on the afternoon of Friday 21rd October at Springfield University Hospital.

This competition is also being run for the staff at the Trust and for primary schools in south west London.

For any queries please contact the communications department on: 0203 513 5972 or email rachel.baugh@swlstg-tr.nhs.uk.

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Notes to editors

  • This is the second year the Trust has held the digital photography competition across South West London.
  • South West London and St George's Mental Health Trust (SWLSTG) serve 1.1 million people across the London boroughs of Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton and Wandsworth and employ more than 2,000 staff who provide care and treatment to approximately 20,000 people from south west London and beyond at any given moment. The Trust also provides a range of national specialist services.
 

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