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Tea and Talk – World Mental Health Day

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Tea and Talk – World Mental Health Day

18th October 2017
Mental health problems can affect anyone, any day of the year, but 10 October was a great day to show support for better mental health and start looking after your own wellbeing.

World Mental Health Day takes place on 10 October each year, and this year, our Your Space group reflected on the importance of taking time out to connect with each other.

At Your Space’s sessions that week, special attention was paid to the importance of having conversations every day and providing valuable space and time for people to connect with each other and share something that may be on their minds over a simple slice of cake and cup of tea.

The Connecting Families group supported each other to speak openly about how they were feeling, in a safe and non-judgemental environment. Members shared that this helped to release negative energy, and brought a sense of mutual support and closeness within the group.

One member said, “I don’t have these types of conversations anywhere else in my week. I sometimes feel so judged, but in Your Space everyone listens to me and no one judges.”

Another shared, I felt so alone with what was happening to me and now I am so glad I joined this session.”

Tallat Bhatti, our Catalyst Co-ordinator for Your Space, said:

“It’s so important to make time for conversations and doing something as simple as having a Tea and Talk break is a great way to get together.

“The sessions offered by Your Space to families, older and vulnerable adults aim to improve emotional health and community cohesion, as well as reduce loneliness and isolation. Many of our members attend to connect with a vital support group which they wouldn’t otherwise have, and it’s wonderful to see the transformations once they have that support in place.”

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