Whether it is dealing with the virus itself, being impacted by unemployment, feeling isolated, or the tragedy of losing a loved one, we have all had a very personal experience of living through this pandemic, and we know that it is not over yet.
We are proud to be one of the founding members of 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.
What is South London Listens?
South London Listens was launched in 2020, by the three mental health Trusts in south London (South London and Maudsley, South West London and St Georges, and Oxleas)
Over the following 12 months, through community meetings, group conversations and a listening campaign we heard from more than 6,000 people across south London about the impact the pandemic had on them and their ideas for how we can support them to recover.
For more information about the programme and to see their latest achievements, visit the South London Listens website.
The two-year South London Listens Action plan was launched in October 2021.
The plan sets out in detail how we will work together with the other mental health Trusts, local authorities, public bodies and community groups, to deliever our pledges to the community.
The plan identifies four priority areas where action is urgently needed:
- Loneliness, social isolation and digital exclusion
- Work and wages
- Children, young people and parental mental health
- Access to services
South London Listens Taskforce
Collaboration is at the heart of the South London Listens programme and the Action Plan will be delivered in partnership by the community and all those who pledged support.
The programme is overseen by the South London Listens Taskforce, chaired by Ann Beasley CBE (Chair, South West London and St Georges NHS Trust) and Sir Norman Lamb (Chair, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust) is made up of representative from the three south London mental health Trusts, local authorities and the community.