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Mental health café reopens
9:45am Wednesday 25th September 2013 in Romsey
ROMSEY’S Tree of Life mental health café is open again after a summer break.
The initiative which is the first if its kind in England is a partnership between the town-based mental health support group Triangulate, Romsey Abbey, Southern Health NHS and Caffé Nero, which hosts the meetings are staged every Monday afternoon between 3pm and 5pm.
The café was set up to offer a safe place for people who are struggling with mental health issues both personally and as carers and give people a chance to meet and talk to healthcare professionals and chaplains. It is also signposts people to mental health services available in the area.
Looking back on how the Tree of Life has performed since it began in March, the Rev Vanessa Lawrence, Chaplain at Melbury Lodge in Winchester, said, “We have been so encouraged by the steady flow of people who have wanted to talk with us and who are providing support for each other. Romsey’s Caffé Nero has proved a great place to meet, talk and to chat in a relaxed way.”
Romsey’s vicar, the Rev, Tim Sledge, also backed the scheme.
Mr Sledge said: “Championing issues surrounding mental health, removing taboos and providing safe places has always been very much a part of the ministry at Romsey Abbey. This is a great extension of our work and we are so pleased that people are finding it helpful and supportive and we look forward to the project growing and developing now that we are back up and running after the summer break.”
For more details please visit romseyabbey.org.uk or go along to the Tree of Life café to find out more.
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