NEWS: February 2016 Time to Talk Day

Students take 5 minutes to mark Time to Talk Day
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Southend Adult Community College is please to be part of this year's Time to Change campaign. Time to Change is England's biggest programme to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination.

SACC's joined with 1,000's of others for the Time to Change #TimetoTalkDay on Thursday 4th February 2016 which aims to get the nation talking about mental health to help end the misconceptions around it.

By joining together on one day and breaking the silence that often surrounds mental health, it can be shown that talking about this once-taboo issue doesn’t need to be difficult.

Time to Change's latest survey has revealed that nearly 60% of people with mental health problems wait over a year to tell the people closest to them about it. Mental health problems affect 1 in 4 people every year, yet too often people are afraid to talk about their experiences because they fear it will affect their jobs or relationships.

SACC's two events are held at its Southchurch Centre, Ambleside Drive, Southend.

Jennifer Barnes #TimetoTalk event coordinator said “Those who attend and work at the college will all know how well The Time to Talk Campaign fits with our ethos on inclusivity, respect and embracing our differences. This is a wonderful opportunity to talk about the difficulties many of us experience with our mental health, to help challenge stigma. I am proud to be a part of this for the second year running and hope it will attract even more positive attention”.