The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day on 10th October every year.  This year's theme set by the World Federation for Mental Health was suicide prevention. SLT marked the day in a number of ways.   

Sharing experiences of giving support

We held an activity at Culpeper Community Garden to explore how to support someone who is struggling with their mental health and how to look after yourself in those circumstances. As part of this discussion people shared their experience of caring for others who were struggling with their mental health as well as experiences of receiving support. 

Hand written spider diagram exploring the idea of self care.

They wanted their collective knowledge and experiences to be used to support others. We have collated their tips and written a resource that can be shared with others. 

At the end of the session the members of the group decided that they would like to hold a monthly talk about an aspect of mental health and wellbeing, with the information discussed being turned into a resource for others. Find these tips here

Tips on how to support someone who is struggling with their mental health

We have created a short film giving tips about how to support someone who is struggling with their mental health. Have a look at it on YouTube. 

We have also created a resource with information about how to support someone who is finding it difficult to cope and a list organisations that can provide support.

Download this information here

Sharing experiences of getting support

Two of our volunteers, Rosalind and Cady gave a talk about their experiences of SLT at Hillside Clubhouse. This turned into a really vibrant discussion about the importance of having community resources for people, particularly activities that take place out of hours.

Where to get help

We have produced a document with a list of places to get help if you or someone you know is feeling suicidal.   

Stuart Low Trust was founded in memory of Stuart Low, a young Islington man with a diagnosis of schizophrenia who took his own life after failing to find the support he needed to cope.

State of Equalities in Islington- Annual Report 2019, (Islington Council, 2019) reported that there are an estimated 19,899 people in Islington living with depression, the second highest recorded prevalence of depression in London. There are 3,943 people in Islington living with a serious mental illness, the highest prevalence of serious mental illness in London.

As a result our work is needed now more than ever. You can get involved by volunteering, donating or attending our activities. 

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