Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, this year’s theme is ‘loneliness’. South London and Maudsley is encouraging communities to build meaningful connections with various events happening across the week and throughout the month.
The pandemic had a big impact on the mental health of our communities, with many people experiencing feeling of loneliness and isolation, compounded by being confined to our homes and seeing loved ones less.
David Bradley, Chief Executive of South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The theme of Mental Health Awareness Week is loneliness which impacts many of the people we provide care and treatment for and was exacerbated by the pandemic. There is a huge amount of work going on in our communities to address loneliness and as an organisation we’re committed to tackling isolation through many of our programmes, including South London Listens.”
Dr Michael Holland, Medical Director, said, “If you need help for yourself or your loved ones in order to obtain support to cope with any changes you’ve had with your mental health there are services and resources which can help you.”
More information is available:
Crisis Care: If you need urgent mental health support outside of office hours you can call 0800 731 2864 to speak to our local 24-hour mental health crisis line. We can connect you to local mental health services, including our crisis support teams and peer support services.
Patient Information: Find out what services we offer, the treatment and care you can expect to receive from us.
Talking Therapies: If you’re feeling low, anxious or stressed, your local NHS provider offer free and confidential talking therapies and specialist support to help you feel better.
South London Listens: a unique partnership between the NHS, local authorities, and community organisations to urgently respond to the impacts of the pandemic on the mental health and wellbeing of our communities.
YouTube: Watch our new series, Mind of the Matter. A series that gets to the truth about your mental health. The series aims to tackle myths from leading NHS and academic experts, brought to you by mental health leads at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, King's Health Partners and world-leading university King's College London.