Testimonials

"Your issues may make you feel isolated sometimes, but socialising improves my wellbeing. Whenever I feel down, coffee and cake can do wonders for my mood."

- Vera

"I've lost many friends recently as I suffer from depression. I believe that having a café like this would help people like me make new friends. I like the idea of a place where people can come together, relax and have a laugh."

- Ivan

"I think the café's atmosphere offers an escape from the buzz of everyday life. Sometimes all you need is to sit down with a cuppa and have some quiet time."

- Rachel

"I wasn't that open with people before,  but now I can easily open up. I think it's important for people to have a safe space."

- Ana

Statistics

  • 1 in 4 people n the UK experience a mental health issue each year

  • 9 million people in the UK are lonely right now!

  • only 1 in 8 people with a mental health issue are receiving treatment

  • people who are more strongly related to their neighbourhood feel less lonely

  • interacting with others boosts one's wellbeing and decreases feelings of depression

  • research has shown that building social connections is a sure way to boost your mood

  • there are 850.000 people with dementia in the UK 

  • 7% of individuals over the age of 65 have dementia in the UK

  • every three minutes one person in the UK develops dementia 

  • 1 in 6 people over 80 have dementia

  • 42.000 people in the UK have early-onset dementia (under 65 years old)

  • there are almost 47 million people living with dementia worldwide

Personal Experiences

  • Some time ago one of our funders was going through a rough time and needed some urgent help with mental health. He tried phoning the local mental health services, however, it was not sufficient and even the trained personnel was unable to  help him.

  • The same person also tried applying for online and in-person counselling, but in both cases he was put on waiting lists lasting for weeks. 

  • The two of the founders recently came across a local bar with over 200 historical artefacts none of which had a recorded story. There were around 50 visitors that night and it was disheartening to think none of them will ever know where all those objects came from, including ourselves. If that was our cafe, we would know each story and therefore be able to keep history alive by retelling it. 

  • Everyone struggling in pandemic time, a person wrote this in their dark times and now they are in better place in their life. Help is out there #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #life #ATtalk #cafe #metalhealtCafe #help #COVID19 #ITSOKAYTOTALK #itsokaytonotbeokay

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  •  I am only human I am only human please don't expect too much of me, I am just like a glass please don't squeeze me too hard I act all hard but I am soft inside, please don't bother me, hey life!!! I don't know what you want from me, I am only a little man try to get on with my life, what do you expect from me, I am who I am, I can't help myself thinking to leave, leave this world, or just disappear in the shadows of this world, just go away from the crowd, I am just a human please let me live my life, Oh world!!! I just want to get on with things!!! Please let me be I don't know where to go from now, is it my past coming back to me, what I have done wrong, I know don't see my mistakes but they are there to make, I don't see myself going anywhere, I don't see myself having a motive, having a purpose. I am only a human without a purpose. Oh universe!!! Please let me be All of these thoughts have no one to talk to just want to go deep in the shadows just want to disappear, just want to end it now I am tired and given up.... I don't want to keep going I don't want to,just want to disappear. Feels like have no place to go no place to call home. I just want to be left alone is that too much to ask for. Oh someone out there!!! Please let me be Just want purpose for my life, want some guidance, I am lost in this world and it feels too big for me right now. I just want go away, disappear in the shadows..... Remember to be nice.... #nicetobenice

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