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Millions for mental health

EVERYDAY PEOPLE MAKING CHANGE

EPISODE 5: MILLIONS FOR MENTAL HEALTH!

Different membership organisations holding their flags

It’s no secret that health services are stretched. And for young people, access to high quality mental health support is often out of reach. How then, did communities across Merton convince a local health trust to fund MILLIONS into new and improved services?

Join us for this episode, as guest Ranjeet Kaile, Director of Communications at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, likens the Trust’s evolving partnership with South London Citizens to a ‘marriage’: full of communication, common interests and a healthy dose of tension.

Hear also from James Potter, Chaplain and Mental Health Lead at Wimbledon College, and Peter Brierley, Assistant Director at Citizens UK. They describe how a newly formed alliance of students and community groups was able to totally transform the landscape – with impacts still paying off for young people today.

TW: Reference to mental health struggles and suicide.

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Local school children, from a Merton member institution, are gathered in a hall to celebrate the Merton Citizens mental health campaign

Read in detail about Merton Citizens' campaign to improve mental health services across South London - including the relationships they built with NHS bodies and the millions they won in funding for new and improved services. The award granted recognises the tremendous impact of this pioneering and community-led partnership on the lives of many people now accessing high quality mental health support across the region.

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Challenge, Choice, Change

Challenge, Choice, Change was a concept first used by Community Organising veteran, Marshall Ganz. You can read more about the use of this framework here.

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If you're angry about an issue discover some of our national campaigns and how to get involved here. To make change in your neighbourhood, participate in your local Citizens Chapter here if your institution (like a school, faith group, business) is already a member. If they aren't, persuade them to consider joining by checking out our membership pages!

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