Who we are

Who is Stuart Low?

Stuart Low
Stuart Low

Stuart Low was a young Islington man who sadly took his own life in 1997 after failing to find the help he needed to cope with schizophrenia.

His death prompted local people to form the Stuart Low Trust (SLT) to create better services for other vulnerable people.

Their aim was to create social therapeutic activities for vulnerable, local people. This was poignant, as Islington is the sixth most deprived borough in the UK and its suicide rate is much higher than the national average.

How we help

One in four of us will experience a mental health problem at some point in our lives. Unfortunately, the stigma around mental illness can make people feel alone and ashamed, leading to risk of withdrawal and suicidal ideation.

Through social activities, we support people living with or recovering from mental illness, who are isolated, in despair, living in fear, homeless or in poverty.

Sometimes just getting your activity flyer in the post keeps me alive.

Importantly, most of our activities take place in the evenings or at weekends, when people can be at their lowest ebb and many services are closed. If you’re interested in our events, visit our events page to learn more.

“You saved my life twice without even knowing it.”
“So many people would be lost without Stuart Low Trust.”

We are lucky to have support from the local community as well as several London-based and national organisations. Recent external accolades include the London Health Commission award for Mental Well-being in 2010 and PQASSO accreditation in 2011.

CTN, a media and communications company which works with many of the world’s largest brands, chose to make the Trust its charity of the year in 2014. The British Medical Journal has also chosen the Trust as its small charity of the year for 2016 and 2017.

I’m feeling in contact with things I missed out on. I love the sense of community. It’s such a crucial thing to our well-being.

Our activities offer environments that build confidence and social skills. Most are run by a core group of 30 volunteers, giving over 3,000 hours of their time each year. We are so proud of what we have achieved in Islington since we were formed in 1999, but we would love to do more. Would you like to join us? Learn more about volunteering with us or participating in our events.

Our mission

Our mission is to ensure that local people, especially those experiencing social isolation or mental distress, have access to the support they need for better health and wellbeing.

Our core values

  • Inclusive
  • Welcoming and friendly
  • A culture of volunteering
  • Working with local partners
  • Effective and efficient
  • Offering encouragement, support and opportunity