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Trust supports action on mental wellbeing campaign ‘Free Your Mind’ following mental health prevention summit

Thursday, June 25, 2020

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust is supporting Free Your Mind, a new campaign to support people living in south east London experiencing mental ill-health during the Covid-19 pandemic. This was one of six actions that leaders from across south London agreed to take forward following a mental health prevention summit on 2 June.

The campaign encourages south east Londoners to better take care of their mental health and has been initiated by NHS South East London Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). It will reach out to more than 2 million people living in the boroughs of Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark, Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich.

Sir Norman Lamb, Chair of South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust said: “Covid-19 has impacted the mental wellbeing of many people, whether through the virus itself, the impact on jobs and the economy, self-isolation or the tragedy of losing a loved one. We also know that Covid-19 is having a disproportionate impact on our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities.

“We fully support this vital campaign - working together with our partners will help to prevent thousands of people’s lives being affected by mental illness and support those who are already going through a difficult time.”

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust jointly with local authorities: Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark hosted an Urgent Mental Health Prevention Summit on June 2 to address how the organisation 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 and set out a 12-month targeted programme of prevention aimed at people who now find the pressure of Covid-19 is having an impact on their mental wellbeing. Supporting and sharing the Free Your Mind campaign with our communities is one of our actions. You can find out more here.

Dr Nancy Kuchemann, Clinical lead for mental health at NHS South East London CCG and Southwark GP, said: “Covid-19 has had a profound effect on people’s mental health, adding to existing worries and concerns – and magnifying them.

“Even before the pandemic, many Londoners had to cope with loneliness, isolation and housing and financial worries. But recent weeks have made life even more difficult –affecting many people of all ages, from all walks of life.”

Dr Kuchemann added: “We want these people to know that the NHS and its partners are here for them. Our ‘Free Your Mind’ campaign will offer practical support, guidance and help and also give much-needed reassurance to those who are having a tough time.”

Visit www.nhsfreeyourmind.co.uk to find out more.

Watch the Urgent Covid-19 South London Mental Health Prevention Summit


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