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Time to Talk drop in session for mental health awareness


Members are invited to join staff on the Council Chamber landing and Members Room, Shire Hall Wednesday 11th October from 12 – 2pm to take part in our Time to Talk drop in; to raise awareness of mental health problems, to help end stigma and discrimination surrounding mental ill-health and to help raise money for charity.

Time to Talk events are to encourage everyone to have a conversation about mental health.

Did you know that:

  • Mental health affects 1 in 4 adults every year
  • 1 in 10 young people will experience a mental health problem
  • We probably all work with someone experiencing a mental health problem
  • 9 out of 10 people with mental health problems experience stigma and discrimination
  • Nearly three in four young people fear the reactions of friends when they talk about their mental health problems

We’re encouraging GCC staff to talk more openly about mental health and ill-health; when we talk about it we help break the silence and break the stigma. By choosing to take action and speak about mental health, we are all part of a movement that is improving mental health awareness in the workplace.

In addition to a charity cake sale (with all monies raised going to Rethink Mental Illness and Mind who support this event), there will be stands from organisations such as Let’s Talk, the Gloucestershire Self Harm Helpline (provided by Rethink), Shelf Help/Books on Prescription (provided by Gloucestershire Libraries), , Prism (GCC’s LGBT network), and the Young Employees Network. Nicky Maunder (from Public Health) will be on hand to answer any questions about the campaign.

For more information on the campaign please visit

The event will also be running alongside a drop-in session for flu vaccine; pop along between 12-2pm to receive your free vaccine as a member of GCC staff. For more info on Staff flu jabs head to Staffnet/Flu

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