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We are delighted to have been awarded the ViiV Healthcare Prize in associate with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) and United Nations Every Woman, Every Child (EWEC) “Retention of Breastfeeding Mothers Challenge” at the United Nations General Assembly in September.


Khuluma: The Film


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. (more…)

Comedy for World Mental Health Day, 10th Oct 2016.


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’. (more…)

The SHM Foundation celebrates International Youth Day 2016

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On 17 December 1999, in its resolution 54/120, the United Nations General Assembly declared 12 August as International Youth Day.


The SHM Foundation’s Project Khuluma works with youth living with HIV/AIDS in South Africa to address their mental health and wellbeing needs.


Khuluma @AIDS 2016

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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

Composer Profile – Stuart Hancock


Stuart Hancock studied at Downing College, Cambridge and at the London College of Music, where he graduated with distinction from the Masters course in Composing for Film and TV.   In 1999, he was hired as an in-house composer with music production company Mcasso, where he wrote and produced music for all commercial media… Read More

“Icon of Freedom”: El impacto de Sor Juana Inés en Europa


Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz no solo es una figura fundamental en la historia de la literatura —particularmente en la poesía— mexicana. Sino que también es todo un personaje de la libertad, pues en un tiempo en el que las mujeres tenían derechos nulos para obtener educación y muchas otras libertades, Sor Juana Inés fue una mujer célebre por su lucha por la libertad intelectual y espiritual.

En un país donde las mujeres no tenían derecho de acceder al estudio y después de vérsele coartada la posibilidad de vestirse de hombre y así asistir a clases, fue que decidió convertirse en monja y, de esa forma, tener el conocimiento que tanto anhelaba, a la mano. Ella es en México y toda Latinoamérica un ícono intelectual y literaria, sin embargo, en Europa aun les falta conocerla en su totalidad. Full Story

Sor Juana: An Icon of Freedom

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Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (Juana de Asbaje y Ramírez de Santillana, 1651?-95) exerted a powerful seductive force during her life and continues to do so today. She speaks to us across the centuries as a woman who was driven by the desire to follow her greatest inclination, learning and the study of letters. For many years, she found the place to do so in the convent of the Order of Saint Jerome in Mexico City, which she entered in 1669, and where she sought to persuade the hierarchy of the Church that following her God-given inclinations was a devout act of belief and fulfillment. She believed with every fibre of her being in the right of women to a life of the mind, and for many years broadcast this belief across this Spanish-speaking world from her convent cell. Early editions of her poetry… Read More

Tackling HBT Bullying in Schools

Educate & Celebrate wins funds to tackle HBT Bullying

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Schools, students, parents and head teachers that have received training and resources from Educate & Celebrate are in agreement that it has a winning formula when it comes to making schools LGBT+Friendly. The charity will soon be extending its successful programme to a greater number of schools across the UK as it has been awarded funding from a £2 million government fund designed to help schools tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic (HBT) bullying.

Elly Barnes, CEO and Founder of Educate & Celebrate, expressed her delight at the award:

‘The £214k we have been awarded for 2015 means we can do more of what we do best – advocate inclusivity and make schools LGBT+Friendly! Surveys repeatedly show that staff and students in schools face completely unacceptable levels of LGBT+Phobia and I am therefore pleased that the government has ring-fenced funds to address this. Our winning proposal will engage all staff, students, parents and governors in the change process by embedding good practice in both the primary and secondary school curriculum, as well as in the wider community. (more…)

Project Khuluma- designing mobile phone support groups for HV positive adolescents in South Africa


There is growing awareness that HIV/AIDS-affected and -infected adolescents may be at increased risk of mental health problems and distress. Depression and anxiety are associated with non-compliance of medical treatment which, in turn, can further impact health. In South Africa, challenging home environments and stigma in the community weaken support structures at a crucial time when young people are navigating their developing sexuality and HIV status, as well as many other issues associated with adolescence. Despite the need for more support structures of HIV-infected adolescents, such as support groups, in countries like South Africa in can often be challenging to provide them. Challenges include stigma, discrimination, finding a space to run the support groups in often overcrowded hospitals and having adequately trained staff and the capacity to provide regular sessions. Furthermore, in many under-resourced contacts, individuals have to travel long distances to access health care facilities with limited access to transport. These opportunity costs may mean choosing not to attend support groups, which are often seen as “nice to have” rather than essential in facilitating compliance of treatment and providing support through the various related challenges of HIV/AIDS.  Click here to read more about Project Khuluma

Student perspectives from the Centre for Global Mental Health

#studyGMH: student perspectives from the Centre for Global Mental Health

Strengthening existing interventions: a student’s role


Fritz Jooste is a recent graduate of the Global Mental Health MSc at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and King’s College London.

As a recent graduate of the Global Mental Health MSc programme at King’s College London and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, I look back on the year as one of the most stimulating and rewarding of my life. One of the best parts of the course was the ability to choose a topic of interest and develop it into a research question for the course’s Summer Project. This gave me the ability to conduct some research on the use of mobile technology in improving the wellbeing of people in resource-limited settings, a subject that has long interested me… Full Story


Project Khuluma featured in City Press


Maurice Biriotti to become Spitafields Music chair

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We are delighted to announce Professor Maurice Biriotti will take over as Chair from September 2015, succeeding Sir Alan Moses who is stepping down after serving the maximum term.

Professor Maurice Biriotti is a founding trustee of The SHM Foundation. Until 1996 he was a full-time academic, holding posts at the Universities of Cambridge, Birmingham and Zurich. His published work covers literature, philosophy, anthropology and the dynamics of cultural change. He then co-founded SHM, a strategic consultancy where he is now Chief Executive.

Professor Biriotti is currently Professor of Medical Humanities and Enterprise in the University College London (UCL) Division/Institute of Research Strategy. He is Chair of the board of Voices Now, a festival that brings singers of all backgrounds and abilities together with world-leading performers (Full Story)






SHM Foundation’s Project Khuluma visits Body&Soul



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SHM Foundation support iSpace in Ghana to develop Ebola Ghana Alert

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YC:UK: Young people spell out vision to Leicestershire's police and crime commissioner Sir Clive Loader – Leicester Mercury

Young people have spelled out their vision for the future of policing. Leicestershire’s police and crime commissioner (PCC), Sir Clive Loader asked 25 14 to 25-year-olds to help him get an insight into young people’s views on the police. He asked them to go out into their communities and come back with ideas for reducing crime, cutting re-offending rates and improving the relationship between youngsters and the police… full story

iSpace Presents Hack4Good – iSpace

On Wednesday 25th June, 2014 iSpace Foundation will be organizing a hackathon dubbed Hack 4 Good (H4Good). H4Good is a 12 hour hackathon with the purpose of bringing together developers,designers, health and education experts to tackle social issues that can be solved in a short period of time… full story

Khuluma: The analysis of a corpus of texts exchanged by a network of HIV-diagnosed patients – King's College London

Project Khuluma (meaning ‘to speak’ in Zulu) run by the SHM Foundation, uses simple SMS technology and basic mobile phones among HIV-positive adolescents to create peer-to-peer support groups and medical advice during the most critical period of rapid development… full story

Project Jam and Snapshot Songs – The Performance! – Body&Soul Charity

To be invited to take part in the Snapshot Songs project was an unexpected surprise. It seemed so far away at first, it was hard to get excited. All of the Project Jam team sat around a table and brainstormed ideas and shared our stories. This inspired us to start writing, figuring out some chords and starting work on the song structure. We discussed particular words that summed up our thoughts and feelings. The word that stuck out most was BRAVERY!… full story

Meet the Choir! – Snapshotsongs Blog

Snapshot Songs is an ambitious new performance that celebrates London’s zeitgeist. Led by composer Stuart Hancock and associate artist Liv Bradbury, the performance will feature 150 performers who have attended workshops and auditions across London. Visit the Snapshotsongs Blog to meet the choir… full story

Patojitos: New MAMA Member Launches MNCH Program in Guatemala – MAMA

New mothers around the world often face challenges within and outside the household when continuing to breastfeed, and women in Guatemala and in low –and – middle income countries usually have to face these challenges on their own without proper access to healthcare information. However, the introduction of mobile health programs has provided an opportunity to extend health services outside of the healthcare setting and provide new mothers with immediate and accessible information and support… full story

Transparency and Healthcare: Shifting the Power at #OGP13 – Indigo Trust

At the recent Open Government Partnership Summit, Loren had the opportunity to showcase transparency initiatives which are improving healthcare delivery across Africa, many of which have been devised locally. This was part of a speaker session and panel discussion chaired by Tim Kelsey, the National Director for Patients and Information at NHS England… full story

Snapshot Songs: open call for singers – Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Snapshotsongs is a new music project bringing together 150 musicians and singers to create and perform a song-cycle celebrating the many voices of London today, at the Guildhall School’s brand new Milton Court Concert Hall. People of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to join, and the ability to read music is not required. What is necessary however is enthusiasm… full story

Hampshire youngsters form new group – Basingstoke Gazette

These are the young people who hope to shape policing in Hampshire as part of the newly-established Youth Commission. Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner Simon Hayes launched the new body at his headquarters in Winchester. The 28 young people – including five from the Basingstoke area… full story

The Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel – Barbican

The LA Phil and Gustavo Dudamel return to the Barbican for their first International Associate Residency following their sold out visit in 2010 with a special Green Umbrella concert including two UK premieres, a blazing selection of some of Europe’s best-loved music and a host of creative learning work… full story

Southampton youth at heart of anti-crime initiative – Southern Daily Echo

SOUTHAMPTON youngsters are set to be at the heart of a groundbreaking new project aimed at reducing youth crime and offending.Teenagers from the city will be invited to form part of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s new youth forum – a sounding board where they can have their say on issues affecting their peers… full story

Youth PCC involvement stepped up – Elected Cops

Leicestershire is set to become the first police force in England and Wales to create a “youth commission”. Sir Clive Loader, who is the region’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), has pledged to assemble a panel of approximately 20 young people between the ages of 14 and 25… full story


Sir Clive Loader, Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Leicestershire, is leading the way on a new initiative to involve young people in finding solutions to crime. Leicestershire is the first area to sign up to a ‘Youth Commission’ pilot project in which… full story

Commissioner Consults Young People About Policing – The Yorkshire Times

Young people in the city are being given the chance to help in the fight against crime by joining forces with the new West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner. Mark Burns-Williamson went to Leeds City College to hear from a group of students from the region about their policing priorities, and to look at how… full story

Grant Awarded to SHM Foundation – RSA – 21st century enlightenment

With approximately 29% of pregnant South African women being HIV+, it’s crucial that action is taken to reduce the risk of mother-to-child transmission (MTCT). Unfortunately, for many newly diagnosed women, this can be a time of intense loneliness, anxiety and depression. In addition, the social stigma of HIV prevents some from seeking the treatment that would keep both them and their baby safe… full story

Conflict resolution – RSA: 21st century enlightenment

The Resolution Rug is a fundamental and powerful teaching instrument designed to encourage and develop empathy among children; it is placed in a classroom setting to be used by teachers to diffuse conflict, education children in conflict resolution and encourage positive behaviour by fostering communication in children aged 4-6 as this age is an ideal time to educate and help children develop problem solving skills… full story

Anna Kydd (SHM Foundation) at Power of Information Conference – YouTube

Anna Kydd, Director of SHM Foundation, speaks at the Power of Information: New Technologies for Philanthropy and Development conference. This conference was co-hosted by the Indigo Trust, Omidyar Network and Institute for Philanthropy. In this video, Anna talks about her organisation’s work in the health field… full story

Activate 2011: Anna Kydd discusses innovations in mobile technology (video) – The Guardian Online

Anna Kydd, director of the SHM Foundation, champions the mobile phone as a tool improving the quality of life of sufferers of HIV and Aids in Mexico, South Africa and the UK… full story

Activate 2011: Mobiles look set to play a big role in Africa's development – The Guardian Online

A race is on to find what mobiles can do in areas such as public health, governance and education as they are likely to be the only internet connection for most Africans for years to come… full story

AV debate challenges youth apathy at Keighley College – BBC Online

Engaging people in a real debate about electoral reform is difficult at the best of times. When the audience is a crowd of Keighley College students cajoled into attending with the promise of free sandwiches, it gets even harder. Undeterred, young volunteers with the SHM Foundation held a debate about the AV system at the West Yorkshire college on Thursday… full story

AV vote referendum: Young people aim to be heard – BBC Online

Listening to a debate at a sixth-form college in Hackney, east London, you hear many of the arguments being thrashed out by politicians from both sides but refreshingly free of political calculation and concerns about which party stands to benefit most. The debate – one of a series taking place in London and across Yorkshire over the coming weeks – is part of the Political Academy, a non-partisan initiative designed to increase political participation among young people… full story

Mobile links mothers, medicine – IT WEB

For an HIV-positive, pregnant woman in Africa, a simple SMS message can often make the difference between having a healthy baby and becoming another statistic. Across the developing world… full story

Disruption at the Barbican – Dazed and Confused

Fashion, music and dance were combined in a one-off performance by young creatives at London’s cultural epicentre. Inspired by the exhibition ‘Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion’, Disruption was a one-off presentation that brought fashion, music and dance together at the Barbican… full story

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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 was set up in 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.

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