It’s Time to Talk about Mental Health in Ayrshire.
Shopping Centre, Ayr Central, teams up with Ayr Action for Mental Health to stage pop-up ‘Less Stress’ Cafe as part of Mental Health Awareness Week 2018.
Ayr Central and local Ayrshire charity, Ayr Action for Mental Health are setting up a ‘Less Stress’ Cafe in the middle of the shopping centre to promote talking about mental health at any location.
The pop up cafe which runs to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week 2018, will be open daily from Wednesday 16th until 18th May from 12pm – 3pm. Shoppers are being invited to stop by to take a break from their day and have a chat. The centre will be serving free tea, coffee and cake.
Staff from the charity will be at the Ayr Central ‘Less Stress’ Cafe, in Ayr town centre, to encourage people to get advice on having good mental health. They will be giving tips on looking after your mental health while working, studying and being at home; giving information on their services in Ayrshire and the support they give and telling people about activities in the community that can support someone’s wellbeing.
The theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is stress. Research has shown that two-thirds of people experience a mental health problem in their lifetimes, and stress is a key factor in this. By tackling stress, we can go a long way to tackle mental health problems such as anxiety and depression, and, in some instances, self-harm and suicide.
Graham Wight, Ayr Action for Mental Health commented: “Whilst we think it’s always a good time to talk, Mental Health Awareness Week is a great focal point for individuals, businesses and communities to take a step towards being more aware and thinking about ways in which they can look after their own wellbeing as well as that of friends, colleagues and neighbours. The theme for this year is stress and that’s something most of us can identify with in our busy lives. Stress can have massive implications for both our mental and physical health so it’s really important that people take it seriously. We think it’s fantastic that Ayr Central are supporting Mental Health Awareness Week.”
The ‘Less Stress’ Cafe is part of a week of activities at Ayr Central that will see the shopping centre team sport Mental Health Week awareness green ribbons. All members of the store teams will attend a ‘good to talk’ Hog Roast BBQ to help build a healthy supportive working environment and a vision of a world with good mental health for all and for a less stressed nation.
George Reader, centre manager, Ayr Central said: “Mental Health Awareness Week is hugely beneficial to reduce stigma and provides a focus for those people seeking help or advice regarding any mental health concerns they may have. We are extremely pleased that Ayr Action for Mental Health are working with us to man and support our cafe and we are delighted to create a platform at the centre to promote good mental health for all”
For more information on Ayr Central ‘Less Stress’ Cafe visit https://www.ayrcentral.com/less-stress-cafe/