Friday 21 October 2016

'Fantastic' response to 'talk over a cuppa' suicide awareness campaign

Daire Courtney

Published 15/09/2016 | 14:25

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A campaign to get people chatting about mental health over a cup of tea has had a ‘fantastic’ response, according to the organisation.

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Suicide or Survive’s Tea and Talk campaign, in its fifth year, tries to pair discussion of mental health with a relaxed tea or coffee break to get people comfortable and break down the stigma around talking about mental health.

Individuals, community groups and organisations can register to host a tea break and receive a ‘party pack’ which includes an info guide, posters to be used as conversation starters, decorations and a donation envelope.

In a statement to, Suicide or Survive founder Caroline McGuigan said:“Mental health needs to be a priority and looking after it an everyday practice.  A chat and a cup of tea comes naturally to most people and the National Tea Break is a great way to bring mental health into everyday conversation.”

“We’ve already had a fantastic response and we’re looking forward to hearing more about what people get up to as part of this campaign.”

Suicide or Survive deliver mental health and wellness programmes to workplaces, organisations and communities in Ireland in an effort to reduce suicide and self-harm.

They work with the HSE and also in Wheatfield prison along with other organisational partners.

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