South West London returns it is World Mental Health Day on 10 October 2016 and to demonstrate our support for challenging stigma South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust (SWLSTG) will again be running #UpliftingImage – a digital photography competition open to everyone living across our five boroughs – Sutton, Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Wandsworth.

The aim is simple – send in a photograph that makes you feel happy.

We hope to gather a collection of photographs that will promote a better understanding of mental health issues, highlight that through support, understanding and positive messaging we can help people and challenge stigma, and demonstrate that everyone has an uplifting image that can lift your mood and make you feel happy.

Mental illness is far more common than many people think, yet it is still often met with ignorance and discrimination. Imagery is a great way of stimulating discussion, promoting understanding and changing attitudes.

Chief Executive David Bradley said: “We are proud to be supporting World Mental Health Day on the 10th October. We know that one in four of us will be affected by mental illness in any year and that 9 out of 10 people say that their problems are made worse by experiencing stigma and discrimination.

“We want to encourage people to talk about mental health and challenge the stigma around it. As part of our celebration during the month, we hope that you will take part in our digital photography competition and help us build up a collection of photo’s that help make you happy and uplift your mood.”

The competition will be open to the public living in our five boroughs – you will not have to have any professional experience, you will just need to tell us how your photo can help uplift your mood, and so challenge stigma. Entries will all be online and there will be the chance to view the photographs on our Facebook page.

Details

The competition ends 10 October 2016.
Entries should be sent in to: upliftingimagepublic@swlstg-tr.nhs.uk, accompanied with the
submission form. If the image is larger than 1MB please use WeTransfer (details on how to
do this are on the submission form). The entry and image submission form is available here.
A prize-giving will be held on the afternoon of Friday 21rd October at Springfield University
Hospital. This competition is also being run for the staff at the Trust and for primary schools in south
west London.

For any queries please contact the communications department on: 0203 513 5972 or email
rachel.baugh@swlstg-tr.nhs.uk.