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Urgent south London Covid-19 preventing a mental health crisis summit

Friday, November 06, 2020

The South London Mental Health and Community Partnership, together with our partners including local authorities and community organisations, are holding an urgent virtual summit to work together to protect our communities’ mental health as result of Covid-19.

Register here for the summit.

The summit will help to shape our plans to meet the needs of people who may be at risk of becoming mentally unwell due to the impact of Covid-19. It will mark the start of a major listening campaign South London Listens where together our organisations will reach out to the communities we serve to help co-produce a two-year action plan, set to be published in Spring 2021.


Following the success of two virtual summits held earlier this year, the south London Covid-19 Preventing Mental-ill Health Taskforce has been created.


Sir Norman Lamb, Chair of South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and Chair of the Taskforce said: “We understand that there will be a very significant psychological fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic, which we know will hit some communities more than others. Together with  all of our partners, including local authorities, faith groups, third sector organisations across south London, we will endeavour to provide support and empower communities to be as resilient as possible through these exceptionally challenging times.”


The Taskforce is made up of representatives from South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, as well as our CCG partners, local authorities, Healthwatch, Public Health England, Citizens UK and experts by experience.


David Bradley, Chief Executive of South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Protecting the mental health of people across south London, and ensuring people don’t become unwell as a result of Covid-19 is an urgent priority. By collaborating with our partners to drive this ambitious work forwards we can prevent thousands of peoples’ lives being affected by mental illness.”


Dr Jacqui Dyer, Chair of Black Thrive and Co-Vice Chair of the Taskforce said: “We know some people are experiencing mental health problems for the first time, as a result of Covid-19. Research shows unemployment and financial problems and isolation are significantly associated with poor mental wellbeing and increased rates of common mental disorders. We need to do everything we can to protect the mental health of people across south London and address the systemic inequalities which we know adversely impact our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities.”


The summit will address the progress made since our previous summits, explore the future of Covid-19 and mental health trends and hear from people with lived experience of mental ill health.

Beverley Wong, member of South London Citizens, CHIPs Family Support Worker and Taskforce member, said: "Good mental wellbeing is important to our communities because without it our struggles can multiply. South London Citizens is a member-led organisation made up of schools, faith organisations, universities and charities. We are proud to be working with the mental health trusts and local authorities involved in this initiative to ensure that community voices are at the heart of the solution.”

Richard Douglas, Non-Executive Chair of South East London ICS said: "I am very proud our organisation is working in partnership with our local mental health trusts and our community partners to help support the wellbeing and mental health of the south London community. This is an essential and valuable opportunity to help prevent our local population from becoming unwell."


Register here for the urgent south London Covid-19 preventing a mental health crisis summit, Tuesday 10 November, 1-3pm. This is a virtual Summit which will be held on Zoom.

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