South London Listens: major listening campaign to support people’s mental health

A new initiative involving partners, local authorities and community organisations to support and protect people’s mental health following COVID-19.

SLaM hospitalThe South London Mental Health and Community Partnership, together with their partners including local authorities and community organisations, have launched a major listening campaign to support and protect people's mental health following COVID-19.

The campaign is called South London Listens and will run from 10 November 2020 to 31 January 2021. Together with our community partner Citizens UK, 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.

You can be a part of this programme and get involved by joining the South London Listens campaign.

The plan on a page to support the programme's development is now available to download here.

Find out more at our community partner’s website. The full action plan will be shared in April 2021.

This follows the urgent virtual summit held on November 10, 2020, where organisations came together 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.

The average life expectancy for someone with a long-term mental health illness or learning disability is 15- 20 years shorter than for someone without. 30% of people with long-term physical health conditions, such as diabetes, arthritis or heart problems, also have a mental health condition, such as depression or anxiety. Nearly half of all people with diagnosed mental illness also have at least one, and often more, long-term physical conditions.

The mind and body are inseparable, and mental and physical health conditions are often connected. Integrating mental and physical healthcare services has the potential to vastly improve the care that patients receive. Evidence shows that by joining up physical and mental healthcare, we can help someone to manage their different conditions, improve their health outcomes, and even prevent unnecessary health problems for some people by identifying risk early.

We are committed to joining up mental and physical healthcare, training and research to improve health outcomes for our patients and service users. Find out more about the important work we are doing and our COVID-19 staff health and wellbeing pages

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