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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

Visited Caffe Valeria in Wheldrake this morning, had a mental health conversation, and shared some Time To Change Coasters #TTC York

Rhys

Champions at Addenbrookes Hospital held their 4th Open Minds Night on World Mental Health Day. Lots of very talented people entertained over 80 people whilst sharing their own lived experience and an art exhibition displayed works created by service users of Cambridge Community Arts. A great evening!

Yvonne

Green Couch Day - an opportunity for people to have a short chat on the Green Couch - talking about anything they like. Raising awareness of Mental Ill Health. Local Councellors Lakmini Shah and Julianne Marriott supported the Day. Over 92 people came including friends and family. Thank you all.

Katie Blake