A special tea and talk event was held in Blaby to mark ‘Time to Talk Day’ – an annual occasion that raises awareness about the importance of conversations around mental health.
On February 1, Central Co-op hosted its second annual ‘Tea and Talk’ event at Insomnia Cafe in Blaby.
The event offered an opportunity for anyone to come along and enjoy a half-price cup of tea or coffee while sitting down for a chat. It aimed to break down the stigma surrounding mental health by creating an atmosphere that encourages openness and connection.
In addition to discounted hot drinks, the event featured engaging activities such as mental health bingo and board games. The activities were designed to facilitate discussions, promote understanding and contribute to the overall goal of making mental health a topic that is comfortable to talk about.
Suzanne, aged 59, commented: “I think this is wonderful. I used to work for the NHS, so I know how important it is to look after people in our communities, especially the elderly, as they don’t always get access to mental health support.”
Lynne, aged 65, concluded: “I go to the Co-op’s Painting for Anxiety Group, at A Place to Grow in Enderby – it saved my life. Today I’m here with Lucy who I met at the group, we’re now good friends and help one another. I always look forward to seeing her.”
Representatives from Home Instead, who offer personalised home care for seniors and those who require specialist mental health support, and the Baby branch of Mind, one of the UK’s leading mental health charities, stopped by to show their support and offer guidance to anyone who needed it.