Tea and Talk Collaborative Event for Good Mental Health in Thurrock
TO mark World Mental Health Day on 10 October, Thurrock Adult Community College (TACC) organised a Tea and Talk event, raising over £200 for the Mental Health Foundation. Their social area at the college in Richmond Road, Grays was transformed into a hub of practical information, help and support for anyone experiencing mental health conditions, enabling people to find practical help or strategies for their own individual situation or simply drop in for a cuppa a natter and a delicious slice of home-baked cake.
World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues and mobilising efforts in support of mental health. Evidence shows the only effective, sustainable way to improve mental health is to adopt a whole organisation approach where all parts of an organisation and its community is encouraged to work together in their commitment to wellbeing. Putting this into action, TACC along with stakeholders including 4SX, The Recovery College, Thurrock MIND, Thurrock Inclusion Visions, Thurrock Centre for Independent Living, Citizen’s Advice, St Mungo’s, Peabody, Thurrock Libraries and the Local Area Coordinator team had stalls at the event to mobilise efforts in support of better mental health in Thurrock. Jill Underwood, Wellbeing Course Leader at TACC said “there is a lot of support available in Thurrock for people affected by mental health problems but someone in a crisis may not know where to find it. We are committed, not only to our new Learning for Wellbeing* programme but also to networking and signposting to local mental health providers in Thurrock, with the view that if we can’t help someone in crisis today, we know someone who can”.
Jaki Bradley, College Principal thanked everybody who planned, collaborated, baked and attended this enjoyable event, fundraising towards mental health research and a world with good mental health for all, with a special mention for members of the fabulous Thurrock Council Staff choir who kindly performed an uplifting selection of songs at the event.