South Essex College beats the blues with a brew

Students and staff at South Essex College enjoyed tea and talk on ‘Blue Monday’ to help raise funds for Samaritans and showcase support available for those who are finding things difficult.

Set across all campuses, the event was a positive response to the ongoing campaign ‘Time to Talk’ which encourages more people to come together to talk and promote good mental health.

There were contributions of free tea bags from Samaritans and Yorkshire tea to help support the event and information and guidance of where to seek advice.

Collectively the college made £339.77 with all funds going directly to the charity.

Jane Belcher, Head of Safeguarding and Valiant, said: “Brew Monday was an event we wanted to support so we can keep conversations about mental health going throughout the year whilst supporting a worthwhile charity.

“It was great to see so many students and staff across all our campuses come together for a cup of tea, a cake and a chat. Sometimes those small chats are all we need.”

Find out more about the safeguarding team and support available by visiting: www.southessex.ac.uk/services-and-support/safeguarding

For additional support and help go to: www.samaritans.org/