First Fortnight joins the See Change Partnership

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See Change and First Fortnight team up to tackle the stigma of mental health problems

See Change is delighted to welcome on board First Fortnight, an arts based mental health awareness project that aims to make the first two weeks in the year synonymous with mental health awareness and tackling the stigma of mental health problems.

J.P Swaine, one of the volunteer founders of the project says, “an awareness campaign in the First Fortnight of the year works because we are all a little raw that time of year and more likely to be open to an empathic response. As an arts based organisation committed to reduction of stigma in mental health, we hope to offer a valuable contribution to the See Change campaign.”

John Saunders, Director of See Change said, “projects like First Fortnight are an incredibly effective way to tackle the stigma of mental health problems and get people talking about the issues. The format isn’t preachy or prescriptive – it starts conversations about mental health in places that people go to socially, at arts based events that they want to attend with their friends. We’re excited and privileged to be involved.”

See Change and First Fortnight are working together to develop an ambitious programme for autumn 2011 and January 2012, so watch this space!

www.firstfortnight.com

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