#UpliftingImage returns for 2017

This year's theme for St George's photo competition is ‘mental health through your lens’

South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust is launching its #upliftingimage’ competition again for 2017. The theme for this year’s competition is ‘mental health through your lens’ and will end on World Mental Health Day on 10 October 2017.

Each year the digital photography competition #upliftingimage is open to everyone living across Sutton, Kingston, Merton, Richmond and Wandsworth.

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.

This is your chance to talk positively about mental health andenter the running to win a prize. The idea is to inspire, explore and talk about it. The competition will be ongoing throughout the year until October.

This will be the third time the Trust has ran the competition.

Chief Executive David Bradley said, “We want #upliftingimage to help raise awareness of peoples connection with mental health through photography. The aim of the campaign is to get as many people to share a picture that helps to promote a better understanding of mental health.

“We know that one in four Londoners will experience a diagnosable mental health condition in a year. We shouldn’t be afraid to talk about mental health – we should give our mental health as much attention as we give our bodies.

"Through getting people involved in #upliftingimage, we want to reach out to more people than ever before to challenge the stigma and discrimination still associated with mental health.”

The closing date for entries is 10 October and you can submit your entry here. Prizes will be available for the best entries during Mental Health Month.

South West London and St George's Mental Health Trust (SWLSTG) serve 1.1 million people across the London boroughs of Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton and Wandsworth and employ more than 2,000 staff who provide care and treatment to approximately 20,000 people from south west London and beyond at any given moment. The Trust also provides a range of national specialist services.

May 22, 2017