Chatty Bus joins Mid and North Essex MIND to help tackle loneliness through conversation

1 month ago Fri 26th Jan 2024

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Chatty Bus joins Mid and North Essex MIND to help tackle loneliness through conversation this Time to Talk Day

On Saturday 3rd February, Hedingham and Chambers will be bringing their Chatty Bus along to Colchester United Football Stadium to help tackle loneliness and isolation across Essex in conjunction with MID and North Essex MIND, for this year’s Time to Talk Day.

This is the second year running that Hedingham and Chambers have collaborated with the mental health Charity, MIND, to help tackle loneliness and isolation across Essex, and this year the event will be hosted outside the Jobserve Community Football Stadium in Colchester before the home match against Forest Green.

The Chatty Bus will be transformed into a mobile Crisis Café, providing a safe space for anyone who wants to come in and have a conversation before the match. Volunteers from MIND and members of the Hedingham and Chambers team will be on hand to greet visitors, provide information about the crisis café and how to travel there by bus, and have a chat with any football fans who want to reach out.

Mid and North East Essex Mind offers a wide range of mental wellbeing services to people in the area, including a ‘Crisis Café’ in Colchester and Clacton. The Crisis Café’s services are available out of office hours from 5-10pm and are open seven days a week.

The service is available to anyone in emotional distress or experiencing a mental health crisis and visitors can self-refer by calling 0300 330 9492.

The Clacton Café is accessible on any Hedingham and Chambers bus routes serving Pier Avenue or, if you’re coming from further afield, you can travel into Colchester on the Hedingham and Chambers 76/76X/74/ 97/97 or 105.

If you are struggling with mental health but do not have access to your own transport, the bus can facilitate your getting the help you need at the Crisis Café, whether that be wellbeing support, a network of allies, identifying emotional triggers or simply talking through issues. Equally, using the bus is a great way to support mental health through human interaction - you never know what great relationships may blossom from simply striking up a conversation onboard whilst out and about.

Find out more about the Crisis Café here

North East Essex Crisis Support: MN Essex Mind's Urgent Help Services

Plan your journey here 

Time to talk day on 3rd February