The simple act of enjoying a cup of tea and tucking into a slice of cake could be the start of getting to the bottom of issues that are affecting your mental health.
That’s the message from Jo Bulis, who is the area manager for Charity Coastal West Sussex Mind, as she sets about launching the organisation’s new service for older folk in Bognor Regis, West Sussex, who are looking to improve their mental well-being.
And to mark the beginning of the initiative the charity is staging a special Coastal West Sussex Mind event, “Communities in Mind” aimed at helping those people aged over 65 in the town and surrounding area who may feel as if they need support.
The mayor of Bognor Regis, Cllr Phil Woodall, will attend the opening of the new service, which will take place on July 18 at the Laburnum Centre, Lyon Street. The event will start 10am and run through to 1pm — and residents will even be in with the chance to win a beautiful basket of fruit.
And Jo says the event provides an opportunity for those who are feeling low to seek help. She said:
“If you or a family member is feeling low, has depression, anxiety other mental health issue or is feeling isolated, we can help. Please come and meet us at our launch and have a chat over a cup of tea and piece of cake.”
Coastal West Sussex Mind is an independent local mental health charity working in West Sussex. It offers mental health services, along with support and training. A broad outline of what the organisation does, is that it works in communities to help to raise awareness as well take on and challenge discrimination and stigma.
The services support those affected by mental health problems, including young people, adults, older adults, carers as well as families. A spokesman explains:
“Our innovative services develop mental well-being, resilience and recovery. We work with young people, adults, older adults, carers and families. Our intention is for people have control of their lives and be as independent as possible.”
Coastal West Sussex Mind has a number of communities to help people tackle mental health problems and these include the likes of social meetings, arts and creative activities, physical well-being sessions, mental well-being, mindfulness and relaxation and one-to-one support and a befriending service.
“One in four people will experience a mental health issue so we know how important it is that we are there to give much-needed support. We are really pleased to link up with Age UK at the Laburnum Centre and we look forward to continuing this partnership.”
To contact Jo, you can call her on 07495 077341 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Picture shows Coastal West Sussex Mind’s co-ordinator Julia Dendle and area manager Jo Bulis.