Broxtowe Towns Are Happy To Talk

Broxtowe Towns Are Happy To Talk

31/01/20 - Beeston and Eastwood are the latest towns to join an international movement to install ‘happy to talk’ benches to encourage local people to talk to each other and help tackle loneliness and other mental health conditions.

The benches, near Beeston Library on Foster Avenue and Eastwood Library on Wellington Place, have ‘happy to talk’ signs on them to indicate that the person sitting on them is open to starting a conversation with someone.Happy To Talk Bench

They follow a similar sign on a bench in Walter Park VC Memorial Square, Stapleford, which was installed by Stapleford Community Group last year.

“Loneliness doesn’t discriminate, It can affect people of all ages and backgrounds. We’re very proud to be joining in with this excellent initiative to get people talking and supporting one another. It’s such a simple idea but we hope it proves to be as successful as it has in other parts of the country and further afield,” said Chair of the Leisure and Health Committee, Councillor Ian Tyler.

"It's open to everybody and even a simple hello can be enough strike up a conversation about anything at all. It may help someone more to talk to you more than you realise,” he said.

The ‘happy to talk’ benches are part of the Broxtowe Borough Council’s commitment to reducing social isolation and supporting residents with mental health conditions.

As part of the local strategic partnership, the Council has been involved in a wide range of projects including Inspire Libraries, Reading Friends project and Eastwood Mental Health Hub, led by Citizens Advice Broxtowe in partnership with Nottinghamshire Mind.

The Council is also signed up to the Mindful Charter as part of its commitment to creating a supportive and open culture where employees can talk about mental health.

Share you pictures using the benches using #happytotalkbroxtowe or email them in to press@broxtowe.gov.uk

Wherever, you live in Broxtowe or Nottinghamshire you can find your nearest support groups and information by visiting the Nottinghamshire Help Yourself website www.nottshelpyourself.org.uk

Anyone who is struggling with their mental health should contact their GP.

For more information, visit www.broxtowe.gov.uk/mentalhealth


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