The SHM Foundation works globally to bring about positive social change through projects in the areas of learning and citizenship, health and the arts.
The Foundation aims to provide communities and individuals with the practical tools they need to develop innovative solutions. It uses knowledge from the humanities and social sciences to understand human motivation, and draws on academic disciplines, from philosophy to anthropology, to address social challenges.
The Foundation believes in the importance of working in partnership. It uses its resources and financing to forge new alliances which, in turn, attract the resources and financing of other organisations. The Foundation uses these partnerships to empower groups of people to bring about economic and social transformation.
The SHM Foundation actively seeks partnership with those who share its aims.
The Foundation was set up in November 2008 by Professor Maurice Biriotti and Professor Henrietta Moore, who co-founded the strategy and insight consultancy SHM Productions, based in central London, in 1996.
Zumbido Health targets three key populations at risk of mental ill health. Read more...
The Marakwet Education project aims to improve the transition from primary to secondary and secondary to higher education with the ultimate aim of enhancing citizenship and improving livelihoods. Read more...
The SHM Foundation is working in partnership with Voices Now, a UK-based charity committed to enabling people to listen to and sing in choirs, to launch a survey into choir singing across the UK. Read more...
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Educate & Celebrate: Tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in schools in the UK.Read more...
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The SHM Foundation and Filmpark have collaborated to make a 6-minute documentary, showing how difficult it is for a young adult to discover that they are HIV positive, how they cope with stigma and what their aspirations are for the future. The film is directed by Marek Mackovic, and was a bold, brave, and empowering experience for both the adolescents and the film crew. The film will be screened at the International HIV/AIDS Conference in Durban, in the Youth Village on July 22nd. Join the discussion of the film by tweeting @SHMFoundation or using the hashtag #KhulumaFilm.
To mark World Mental Health Day on October 10 2016, the Country Mile Comedy Club, fundraising for the SHM Foundation, presents a new night of comedy from some of the brightest and best stand-up and sketch comedians around.
The Troubadour hosts a stellar comedy line up, headlined by stand-up Phil Wang (‘Daphne Sounds Expensive’, ‘Have I Got News For You’), who is joined on the bill by sketch duo The Pin, preparing material for the third series of their BBC Radio 4 show, stand-ups Catherine Bohart (BBC New Comedy Award 2016 Finalist and Funny Women 2016 Awards Grand Finalist), and Sarah Keyworth (Funny Women Awards 2015 First Runner Up), and sketch triangle Two Plus Ones, fresh from their Edinburgh Fringe debut ‘Mothers’.
The Country Mile Comedy Club is fundraising for the SHM Foundation. All proceeds will go to Project Khuluma, and there will be a bucket at the end of the show for donations as well.
Praise for the line-up:
The Pin – “’A very classy, very funny show indeed”, The Telegraph; “The Pin prove it’s still possible to play with the conventions of the medium of sketch comedy”, The Guardian
Catherine Bohart – “Already seems like a comic with both a distinctive voice and a story you’d like to hear”; Chortle, “Clearly on the cusp of great things”, Funny
Sarah Keyworth – “Excellently deadpan” – Huffington Post; “Pulling in the biggest laughs”, Three Weeks
Two Plus Ones – “Original and clever… the jokes come thick and fast”, Broadway Baby; “Not to be missed, at any cost”, Varsity
Details: Monday 10 October, 8pm (approx. 1hr 10). Tickets: £3.50 online / £5 on the door.
The SHM Foundation’s Project Khuluma works with youth living with HIV/AIDS in South Africa to address their mental health and wellbeing needs.
The SHM Foundation team presented the findings from Project Khuluma at the AIDS 2016 Conference in Durban last month. Together with Body & Soul, they hosted a session in the Global Village on #MentalHealthMatters for Young People Living with HIV. Read their reflections on the Mental Health Innovation Network Blog.
To celebrate International Youth Day, we present a poem written by one of our Khuluma participants on the trials and tribulations of adolescence.
The SHM Foundation team will present findings from Project Khuluma at the International HIV/AIDS Conference in Durban, July 18th-22nd. Project Khuluma is currently live with 100 adolescents in South Africa, and uses SMS text messaging as a tool for increasing their access to mental health support. Follow us on Twitter during the conference and beyond, @SHMFoundation, to keep up to date with our findings and insights. You can learn more by reading our case study on the Mental Health Innovation Network, or join our live debates on Adherence, Social Stigma and Evaluation on MHIN Africa and MESH.