World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD), on 10th September, is organised by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP). 

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. Read more about the history of the organisation

Countering the downward spiral of mental illness and social isolation 

Stuart Low Trust aims to counter the downward spiral of mental illness and social isolation by providing a welcoming, place of support and community in a non-judgemental space.  

We normally run a variety of activities, the majority of which are free or low cost, which bring people together. Most activities are evening and weekend events based in and around Islington. 

In March we made the decision to suspend all face to face Stuart Low Trust activities and until the government have told us when it is safe to resume our activities. We have also been delivering some of our arts, nature and wellbeing activities online and have shared information about how to stay safe online.  

Take a minute to listen 

The government has changed the guidance about social distancing. We know that people may have a range of feelings about these changes. 

The International Association for Suicide Prevention recommends providing a listening ear to anyone who is struggling. Reach out with empathy, compassion, genuine concern. 

Take a minute:  

  • To notice what is going on with you, your family, your friends and your colleagues. 
  • To reach out and start a conversation if you notice something is different. 
  • To find out what help is available for both you and others.

Take 5 to Save Lives has a helpful resource to support you with these conversations. 

How to maintain your mental health in times of uncertainty 

Self-care is vital, particularly at times of uncertainty. Here is a list of tips and resources to support you to maintain your wellbeing:  

Get help if you or someone you know is in crisis  

If you or someone you know is in crisis, seek support. Here is our list of mental health crisis support: