Mental Health Awareness Fortnight

Monday marks the beginning of a fortnight of activities aiming to "highlight the effects of stress and anxiety and the positive steps people can take to increase mental resilience".

Kan Sanderson, the chief executive of South East and Central Essex Mind says: “Mental Health Awareness fortnight is an opportunity for people to get involved in the organisation and to raise awareness on stress and anxiety. We need to end the stigma so people with mental health issues feel able to ask for help”.

For more information do call the Jubilee centre on 01702 601123 or visit


May 16 - Enrol in Mental Health training and receive certification at the Jubilee Centre! It runs from 10am to 4.30pm at a reduced rate of £60.

May 17 – the charity will have a stall at Essex University in Southend advising students on stress-management techniques.

May 20 – Mind is running in-house mental health training on Professional Boundaries and Risk Assessment at the Jubilee Centre. It runs from 10am to 4.30pm at a reduced rate of £60.

May 21 – Niki Cornish’s exhibition, Silent Stories, launches to raise awareness of the issues people keep deeply buried. It opens at the Beecroft Art gallery on Friday at 4pm until 7pm, and runs until July 2.

May 28 – Free bootcamp session on Southend seafront, provided by MSquared to show how stress and anxiety can be relieved by healthy exercise outdoors. Starts at 9.30am on the beach opposite the Travelodge.

May 28 – Street collections will be taking place in Southend high Street and Leigh Broadway to raise funds for the local mental health services in Southend.

May 29 – The Railway Hotel in Clifftown Road is hosting a TEDtalks inspired afternoon, aptly named HEDtalks, where a variety of speakers will give ten minute presentations on their own experiences and advice on mental health. Admission is free with no need to book, just drop in. It starts from 12noon to 4pm.

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