Monday 10th October was World Mental Health Day and to celebrate local charity The Counselling Foundation put up their stand in St Peter’s street to ask what makes the residents of St Albans happy and gave out free hot drinks and biscuits on the cold but sunny day.
Whilst doing this the charity were raising the awareness of the importance of positive mental health and the low-cost counselling and part-time counselling training services they provide from their centre on Lower Dagnall Street, which the previous mayor Salih Gaygusuz and Mental Health Champion Councillor Anthony Rowlands relaunched earlier in the year.
Becci Murtagh, Head of Marketing at the Foundation said “the day’s theme was tea and talk and it was great to see how many people wanted to find out more information about having someone to talk to either for themselves or a loved one.
“We’re really encouraging anyone that needs support to be open and speak up. Over the last five years mental health has been a topic of regular importance in the media and combined with our new confident campaigning and local events we are seeing a significant rise of enquiries. No one should feel ashamed to ask for help as it’s the same as going to the hospital for a physical concern.”
Some of the comments that people shared with the charity were “spending time with family”, “football”, “sunny days”, “a good book” and “home cooked dinners”.
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