HEAL hosts mental health event in Torquay


HEAL Mental Health Support, a mental health and wellbeing Community CIC in Torbay, is one of many amazing support services providing assistance to locals in the bay.

HEAL has a team of 14 volunteers all working hard to support those in need, with teams in Torbay, Cornwall, Plymouth, Stoke on Trent and West Yorkshire.

They offer an outlet, and an opportunity to share experiences, offer advice, and signpost to helpful organisations. Their work ranges from peer support and sea swimming, to food bank referrals and wellbeing walks.

On Sunday, 25 July 2021 at 10:00am, Heal is hosting an event at Torquay Rugby Club, which they say will help raise money for the group.

“Thyme For Minds’ is an opportunity to show our community what Mental Health, Wellbeing, holistic and alternative support is available across the bay and nationally. We are working in collaboration with Thyme Out and Torquay Rugby Club, and have a variety of stall holders attending, bouncy castle, food, activities for children, an appearance from Devon super team, dinosaurs, face painter, a talking tent, therapy rooms for anyone who may need to speak on a one to one basis.” -Vicky Burnham – Administrative Secretary of Heal Mental Health Support CIC.

Parking will be available as well as food and drinks from Torquay Rugby ground and Teas, coffees and cake from Thyme Out. The event is being run by Becca Sylvester – Director of Heal Mental Health Support CIC, Vicky Burnham – Administrative Secretary of Heal Mental Health Support CIC. With support from Di Bebbington and Kayleigh Carroll from Thyme Out, and Kelly Wilson from Torquay Rugby Ground.

This is the 2nd Thyme For Minds event, and HEAL say they will continue to run these events in future years.

HEAL say they are looking for local volunteers who would are able to help at the event on 25th, volunteers can contact them at healmhs@outlook.com

Join the Facebook group for HEAL: facebook.com/HEAL.Torbay

Mental health problems are a growing public health concern. They are prevalent not just in the UK, but around the world.

  • Mental health problems are one of the main causes of the overall disease burden worldwide.
  • Mental health and behavioural problems (e.g. depression, anxiety and drug use) are reported to be the primary drivers of disability worldwide, causing over 40 million years of disability in 20 to 29-year-olds.
  • Major depression is thought to be the second leading cause of disability worldwide and a major contributor to the burden of suicide and ischemic heart disease.
  • It is estimated that 1 in 6 people in the past week experienced a common mental health problem

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Jack. 24 years old. Journalist at We Are South Devon and a national political campaigner.