Nicky Morgan, Member of Parliament for Loughborough, this week helped a successful local mental health project celebrate their second birthday whilst at the same time marking World Mental Health Day.
Loughborough Wellbeing Café, which meets on the first Friday evening of the month at the rear of Loughborough library held its first drop in session on Friday 2 October 2015, has helped more than 60 people over the past two years.
The project, which seeks to support adults experiencing mental health issues in Charnwood, has been supported by Mrs Morgan since its establishment and has gone from strength to strength.
Helping to cut the Café’s second birthday cake Nicky said “We know that mental health is an issue which in some quarters remains a taboo subject; yet we also know that more than half of us at some point face struggles with it. Tackling mental health problems and the stigma that surrounds it is one of the great challenges for our society.
“It’s projects like this one at the Loughborough Wellbeing Café which are so important in relaying the message that it’s OK to talk about mental health and that those suffering with difficulties can and do come out stronger on the other side.
The Loughborough Wellbeing Café will also be holding a pop up event at the rear of Loughborough library on Packe Street on World Mental Health Day itself, Tuesday 10th October at 6.00pm, when local author Samantha Houghton will give a talk about her own mental health story detailed in her book ‘The Invisible Girl’.
Project coordinator Helen Carter added “We are thrilled with the way that the project has developed over the past two years, and to hear from our café members what a positive difference it has made to their lives. It’s great to see friendships forming; we’re excited about the plans that we have for the café, which will see us run two evenings per month from early next year.”