On Saturday 3rd of February Catherine attended the inaugural Lowestoft Conference – Mental Health in 2018 – PTSD, Trauma and Suicide. This event was organised by Tod Sullivan of Feedback Mental Health. This was a pioneering event with hard hitting and emotive speakers. All the sessions were live streamed and recorded. To listen to them visit Soundcloud and to see more images of the event visit their Facebook page.
Catherine was fortunate to be asked by Tod to have a stand at the event. This was the first outing into the public eye for Cup-O-T so we decided that we should use it to gain feedback on the vision and idea of Cup-O-T. We spoke to many people and it was a delight to receive so much positive feedback on what we are aiming to achieve – making mental health services accessible in rural areas. We didn’t have any business cards but we had out details printed onto envelopes containing 2 teabags (provided kindly by the East of England Co-op)
Here are some of the comments we received:
- This seems a great idea (anon, Lowestoft)
- This is such a worthwhile and needed idea: The government should be ashamed!! So many people are isolated with many mental health problems and physical illnesses. This service is needed and would be a much beneficial life line for many. Isolation, anxiety depression, physical boundaries – should be catered for all!! Excellent Idea!! (Dawn Tomlin, Lowestoft)
- Need to think about North Suffolk sooner after get running in South Norfolk… (anon, Lowestoft)
- A great idea, a cup of tea is a brilliant starting point to get people to talk about their mental health (anon, Lowestoft)
Here is Catherine by our stand…
Thank you to everyone who stopped to chat to us, to the organisers and of course to the speakers. It was very inspiring event and I hope there will be many more in the years to come.