Marking World Mental Health Day with tea and a chat

CASS networker Natalie Campbell (left) and Health advisor Shaun Hawkins chat to visitors at the Tea and Talk event to mark World Mental Health Day.

A Tea and Talk event was held at Knowle West Healthy Living Centre today (10 October) to mark World Mental Health Day.

Organised by Community Access Support Service (CASS) –  the morning was the chance for local people to have a chat over a cup of tea and find out about local community groups they could join.

It was part of the CASS campaign #MakeTimeForYourself which encourages people to take time to nurture their wellbeing.

CASS works with community groups and group leaders to support access to mental health services and reduce the stigma around mental health.

One Knowle West resident aged 50 who attended the event and did not wish to be named said she felt the campaign was important for everyone.

She said: “I’m struggling at the moment with my mental health and by meeting people with the same experience, getting you out and helping you connect with people, it makes you feel things aren’t so bad.”

CASS networker Natalie Campbell said: “The CASS campaign that we have focused on this year Make Time For Yourself focuses on doing something for you, something you enjoy and you find relaxing – which is good for your mental health and wellbeing.

“It’s also recognising the role of community groups and activities and showcasing what they do.”

Any groups wanting to find out about services in the area or who would like help supporting group members around wellbeing should contact Natalie by emailing natalie.campbell@cassbristol.org or call 07400 122759. Look out for the CASS Time to Change campaign which will be launching in February.