Let’s Talk, Stansted! are passionate about improving mental health and wellbeing in Stansted and the surrounding villages.
It is our mission to ensure that no one has to struggle alone.
Let’s Talk, Stansted! was set up in July 2020 at the height of the covid pandemic. Tragically, in a very short space of time our village lost three of its residents to suicide. A group of people came together with one single aim – to ensure that never happens again. The Stansted Mental Health Initiative (Let’s Talk, Stansted!) was created and registered as an open, not-for-profit community interest company (CIC) to ensure that the initiative is accountable to the community.
With the support of MIND in West Essex we have trained over 40 residents as registered Mental Health First Aiders providing them with the confidence to support people with mental health issues.
We hold regular events and activities in the village to help break down the stigma surrounding mental health, encourage people to talk and to promote mental health awareness.
We are here to help answer any questions the community may have in relation to accessing the help they may need. We can provide information and ‘signpost’ people to connect them with the right experts.
We invite and encourage anyone who would like to get involved and help us achieve our mission to join our growing team of volunteers.
The Let’s Talk, Stansted! steering committee currently comprises of 6 volunteers. Please click on their photo to find out a bit more about them.
The steering committee wouldn’t be able to achieve the aims of the organisation without the help of an amazing group of volunteers, who generously give their time and energy to help out with our events. We are hugely grateful for their support!
Rachel is the past Chair of Let’s Talk, Stansted! and is one of the founding members of the initiative. Rachel moved to Stansted with her husband and two daughters from London 5 years ago. She works in Marketing and Business Development in London. Rachel is a Mental Health First Aider.
Dina is the current Chair and the Treasurer of Let’s Talk, Stansted! She is also a Director and one of the founding members of the initiative. Dina has lived in Stansted for over 25 years. Following a successful career in financial services, Dina launched her own business as a financial and life coach. Dina is also a yoga/meditation teacher and a Mental Health First Aider.
Anne is a Director of Let’s Talk, Stansted! and is one of the founding members of the initiative. Anne has lived in Stansted for over 15 years and is a Councillor on the Stansted Parish Council. Anne is also a manager at a local Pre-School. Anne is a Mental Health First Aider and Let’s Talk, Stansted! Safe guarding officer.
Geoffrey is a Director of Let’s Talk, Stansted! and is one of the founding members of the initiative. Geoffrey has lived in Stansted for most of his life. He has been a member of Stansted Mountfitchet Parish Council since 1995 and is also a Councillor on Uttlesford District Council. Geoffrey has over 30 years teaching experience in Further & Higher Education and lectures part time in Business Management.
Elaine is a Director of Let’s Talk, Stansted! and is one of the founding members of the initiative. Elaine is Team Leader at RISE Mutual who design and deliver behavioural change programmes to transform lives and create safer communities. Elaine is a Mental Health First Aider.
Vanessa is a member of the Let’s Talk, Stansted! Committee. She lives in Stansted with her family and works as a PA at a global pharmaceutical company. Vanessa loves keeping fit and being an active member of the community. Vanessa is a Mental Health First Aider.
Richard is one of the founding members of the initiative and is the Project Leader for the Veg Shed initiative and lives in Stansted with his family. Richard is a communications officer at Mind in West Essex and a qualified Mental Health First Aider.
If you would like to find out more or get involved, please get in touch, we would love to hear from you.
In the media
We are delighted that our mission had been picked up by both national and local media. It shows the impact that we and many groups around the country like us can do when we all work to a common goal.