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Thursday, 10 September 2015

#Upliftingimage competition – What makes you smile?

It is World Mental Health Day on 10 October 2015 and to demonstrate our support for challenging stigma South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust (SWLSTG) will be launching #UpliftingImage - a digital photography competition open to everyone living across our five boroughs - Sutton, Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Wandsworth.

#upliftingimageThe aim is simple - send in a photograph that uplift your mood - or makes you smile. 

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 help lift their mood.

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 smile or 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 starts 10th September 2015 and ends 10th October 2015. 

Entries should be sent in to: upliftingimagepublic@swlstg-tr.nhs.uk, accompanied with the attached submission form.  If the image is larger than 1MB please use WeTransfer (details on how to do this are on the attached submission form).

A prize-giving will be held on the afternoon of Friday 23rd 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. #upliftingimage Time to Change logo

For any queries please contact the communications department on:

0203 513 5972 or email alia.carter@swlstg-tr.nhs.uk.

Download our flyer here.

Our Facebook page is on: https://www.facebook.com/swlstg

The entry and image submission form is available here.

The Terms and Conditions are available here.

 

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