In a brand-new partnership Mind has partnered with the official day in the UK to celebrate tea to raise awareness about the benefits of speaking to those you know over a cup of tea.
With instances of depression and loneliness on the rise, the partnership has been touted as one way to get people to put down their phones and take the time to meet up and speak over their problems with a friend or family member.
Marco Geraghty, Director at National Tea Day, said: “Tea has such a historic role in Britain of being a social facilitator, it brings people together and gets them talking. Whether it is a friend, family member or even an old colleague why not meet up over a tea and talk about what’s on your mind. It can really help alleviate stress and let you know that there are others who care for you.”
The message of meeting up over a tea is going to be seen on the London Underground, national media and social media channels in a lengthy campaign specifically designed to target young people where mental health issues are particularly prevalent.
Rebecca Hastings, Head of Corporate Partnerships at Mind, said: “We’re really grateful to National Tea Day for choosing to support Mind. It’s fantastic to see people get together over a cuppa to combat loneliness and talk about whatever is on their mind.
“Every penny raised will fund our vital work including Mind’s Infoline, advice services and the campaigning work we do to secure a better deal for the one in four of us who experience a mental health problem every year.”
Loneliness isn’t a mental health problem in itself, but it is linked to mental health. Feeling lonely can contribute to developing things like anxiety and depression, while people living with mental health problems are more likely to feel lonely.
Stephen Buckley, Head of Information at Mind, said: “If your feelings of loneliness are having a negative impact on your mental health, talk to your GP. There are also lots of things you can do to help you feel less lonely, such as volunteering, starting a hobby or exercising. If you find social contact difficult, try a supportive online community like Mind’s , or visit Mind’s info pages on to find more information and support available.”
The partnership will also see a portion of the gate receipts from FesTeaVal on 13-14 April donated to Mind. Marco Geraghty added: “We are very proud to be able to make a financial contribution to support Mind’s great work and helping them in providing support services to those most in need.”
National Tea Day is celebrated each year on 21 April and is the official day in the U.K. to celebrate our love of tea. 2019 see’s the launch of the ‘Reignite Your Passion’ campaign encouraging people to get excited about sampling great teas again and to opt for a healthy tea which can help you feel better.