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In August 2019, we invited people from all walks of life to join us for tea, cakes, and singing entertainment on the Stourport steamer boat the River King. Some had experience of mental health and some not. People who were able bodied, living with all kinds of disabilities, of all ages and sex were there. We especially encouraged men and young people to join us to talk about what is mental health and share coping skills. We had a wellbeing raffle and were paired off with strangers to talk about wellbeing. It was one of the hottest days of the year and we finished with a sing song which included the song' Bridge over troubles waters' by X factor singer Richard Ryan. This created laughter and the feel good factor, People were given happiness bags a they left the boat. Feedback was their raffle tickets. A great day had by all, and a lot learnt about mental wellbeing. Proving it's good to talk. Angela McGuire Lifestyle Co-ordinator for Community Housing Group based at Berrington Court, Kidderminster, Worcestershire

Angela McGuire

For the York run of ‘Reason’s To Stay Alive’, a new play adapted from the best-selling book by Matt Haig, English Touring Theatres invited Time to Change York to hold an information stand at York Theatre Royal. Lead by our amazing Hub Coordinator Emma, Champions were able to take over a space in the main box office area and engage with audience members both before and after performances. Matt Haig is a prolific campaigner for breaking the stigma of mental health, particularly for men, and the book is his personal story through mental illness and recovery. During the post-show panel discussion the host took the opportunity to celebrate the work of Time to Change and signposted the audience to the York Hub information stand.

Jane