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

News: SLP hold the date

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.

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

Matthew Trainer, Chief Executive of Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, said: ”I am very much looking forward to this summit to work with partners across South London to reduce the devastating impact of Covid-19 on local people's mental health.”

The summit will address the progress made since 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 part-time 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.”

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.”

Register here for the urgent south London Covid-19 preventing a mental health crisis summit 

This is a virtual Summit which will be held via Zoom on Tuesday 10 November 2020, 1-3pm.

Published on 9th November 2020