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Follow up on our Urgent Mental Health Prevention Summit

Friday, June 05, 2020

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, jointly with local authorities Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark, hosted an Urgent Mental Health Prevention Summit to address how we can work together to protect our communities’ mental health as result of Covid-19.

The virtual summit addressed the wider impact on our communities’ mental wellbeing as the country emerges from Covid-19. Together with our partners, we have set out key principles as the starting point for a 12-month programme of prevention.

Collaboration is key to building the way forward. Thank you to all of you who attended the summit and shared your questions, comments, stories and thoughts about our next steps. We will be sharing the themes which emerged from the sessions with you shortly. We will also be sharing a survey to gather more of your ideas and input.

We acknowledge that the technical functionality of the breakout sessions was problematic. This is new territory for us all, hosting events virtually under current circumstances, and has come with steep learning curves. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

You can find more information in our press release from before the summit

Agenda items from the summit

  • National issues and the role of local leadership in addressing psychological consequences of Covid-19
  • Advancing mental health equalities through the Patient and Carers Race Equality Framework
  • Working together to tackle the impact of Covid-19
  • Agreeing next steps and commitment from partner organisations


Recording of the summit




You can also watch the breakout sessions:


Complete this evaluation survey to have your say about the summit. 

Six actions we will take on Covid-19 mental health prevention ​

  1. To create a mental health prevention taskforce that will have representatives from across organisations and boroughs that will oversee a twelve-month prevention programme.​
  2. To develop a programme of mental health community capacity building across south London – which will work with schools, faith and community groups to stay well. Making sure we reach out and listen to as many communities as possible across our four boroughs, including those for whom English is not a first language to help shape this work.​
  3. To create a package of digital mental wellbeing courses for all residents across south London through the Recovery College​.
  4. To support and share the South East London Clinical Commissioning Group (SEL CCG) Free Your Mind mental health campaign with all our residents and communities​.
  5. To work together on tracking the levels of psychological distress in our communities as a result of Covid-19.
  6. To host a mental health prevention follow-up summit in October to report back on progress and further challenges as a result of Covid-19. Using the priorities you have shared with us today, and from our listening campaign with local communities, we will publish our shared action and implementation plan in full. ​

Further information referred to by our presenters



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