To promote national Time to Talk day, and encourage conversation about mental health, Radian Group held an open event at Café 1759 on Thursday 6 February.
The event was held in partnership with local support services and businesses including Justbe NLP, Deadwater Valley Trust and Runnyhoneys. There were a series of interactive events on the day, including a walk and talk through the Bordon enclosure and a community pledge board.
“It was great to see so many people chatting and at least nine different groups and agencies available to advise and offer information about their services, which aim to improve wellbeing. The intriguing I’m all Ears caravan was a lovely feature too!” – Olivia Car, Community Development Officer at Radian Group
Café 1759 hosted the event and sold cupcakes to raise money for Havant and East Hants Mind. Local counselling service I’m all Ears attended with their quirky caravan, which proved popular amongst visitors, while MHA and Artscape provided art and crafts activities, making friendship bracelets and cards.
“From an Artscape perspective it was a lovely, gentle and laid-back networking event. It gave people the opportunity to meet other like-minded organisations who are all working with the same objective to combat social isolation.” – Mandie Molyneux, Artscape
Lots of people added their pledges to the Community pledge board, with commitments around what they will do to change the way people think and act about mental health. The event has been credited for helping the community to start a conversation about mental health, changing the way people think and act about conditions including anxiety and depression.