Tea and Talk afternoon held to mark Mental Health Awareness Week

Tea and Talk afternoon held to mark Mental Health Awareness Week

by Danielle Thompson (June 2022)

MEMBERS of New Directions’ Woodlands Mental Health Recovery Resettlement Service got together for a ‘Tea and Talk’ afternoon to mark Mental Health Awareness Week.

Woodlands provides a Recovery Resettlement Service for adults with complex mental health needs who require specialist support. Staff and residents recently held the ‘Tea and Talk’ afternoon to reflect on the challenges created by the Covid-19 pandemic. Residents drew attention to the long-established link between loneliness and mental health difficulties, which for some, was exacerbated by life during the pandemic.

A focus of the discussion was on the importance of recovery-focused staff working in partnership with residents to build empowering supportive social networks that foster a sense of belonging and hope for the future. A recurrent theme in conversations among residents on their experiences of recovery, was the importance of taking responsibility for one’s mental health and the recognition that every recovery journey is unique based upon individual preferences on ‘what works’ for them.

To find out more about New Directions’ Woodlands Mental Health Recovery Resettlement Service, email claire.sweeney@ndirections.org, call 0151 922 5577 or visit ndirections.co.uk/woodlands/



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