Students Staff

1 February 2019

Time to Talk Day – Thursday 7 February

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How are you?

Many of us will answer ‘fine’, even when we’re not.

Time to Talk Day is Thursday 7 February.

Too often, mental health problems are treated as a taboo subject- something not to be talked about.

However, mental health affects us all and we should feel able to talk about it. There are lots of different ways to have a conversation about mental health. And you don’t have to be an expert to talk.

In November 2018 the University signed the Time to Change Pledge, a commitment to you all to change how we think and act about mental health at every level of this organisation.

One in four of us will experience a mental health problem and nine in 10 say they have faced negative treatment from others as a result. By choosing to be open about mental health, we are all part of a movement that’s changing the conversation around mental health and ensuring that no one is made to feel isolated or alone for having a mental health problem.

As part of our ongoing commitment to this, we are supporting Time to Talk Day, taking place on Thursday 7 February.

This is a day when everyone is encouraged to have a conversation about mental health and we shall be promoting this in our restaurants and public areas.

We want everyone who works or studies here to feel they can be open about their mental health, and ask for support if they need it. We have a range of support services available to staff and for our students.

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Discovering more about our Southend Campus

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Our Vice- Chancellor with some students.

Our Vice- Chancellor talks to our students.

Our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Anthony Forster, visited Southend this week to find out more about life at our seaside campus.

The Vice-Chancellor met with students from all over the world, including Norway, Lithuania and the United Arab Emirates, as well as students from closer to home like Gravesend and Croydon. He was keen to find out what it was like to study in Southend and why people had chosen to come to Essex.

His conversation with students covered a range of topics, including the international appeal of Essex, the value of a year studying abroad and how important a UK student loan can be for students from the European Union.  However, there was also time to talk about the problems of playing cricket all year round in the British weather, the fun, community atmosphere at Southend and even the difficulty of balancing study, work and long distance relationships.

Esther Omeare-Bayumi, who is studying for a BA Social Work in our School of Health and Social Care, said: “It was great to meet the Vice-Chancellor. I really enjoyed being able to represent students at Southend and to have the chance to tell him more about what it’s like to be a student here”.

During his visit, the Vice-Chancellor also met with staff from our Essex Business School, the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, the School of Health and Social Care, as well as people from our Professional Services teams.

Zoe Manning, Southend Campus Manager said: “The visit was a great opportunity for the Vice-Chancellor to update us all on the priorities and issues facing us at Essex, as well as discussing the challenges and opportunities for our Southend Campus going forward.  A number of actions have come out of the visit and the Vice Chancellor and I are looking forward to taking these forward”.

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