Lamp invites local people and businesses to talk about mental health at charity dinner

Lamp, the Leicester-based mental health advocacy charity, is holding a ‘Time to Talk’ charity dinner from 7-10.30pm on Thursday 15 June 2023 at Winstanley House in Leicester. At the event, people and businesses in Leicester and Leicestershire will be able to learn more about the importance of mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.

Guests will join open and insightful conversations to raise awareness of mental health, learn more about Lamp’s community mental health advocacy work, fundraise, and hear from advocacy users and business supporters sharing their own mental health experiences and journeys.

The event will take place at Winstanley House, Hinckley Road, Leicester LE3 1HX and is sponsored by Glenfield Electrical, Purple House Clinic, Ripple Partners and Johnson Astills. Guest speakers will include: Kate Mercer from Blackbelt Advocacy, Marc Rowley from HIT Leadership, Vicki Edwards from Purple House Clinic, Evan-May Gillott from DB Business Events and Phil Houlder from Glenfield Electrical.

For more information and to book tickets for the Time to Talk event, visit

Phil Houlder, Director of Glenfield Electrical, lead sponsor and guest speaker added:

“We ALL get negative thoughts and feelings that beat us up on a daily basis, some unfortunately to the point that they try or succeed in taking their own lives (especially us British men). Why do we feel that talking about it is a weakness or makes us vulnerable? I too have struggled with this since I was a young boy. For a couple of years now, I have been learning to understand why we get these feelings, how to recognise them and how I can deal with them, allowing myself to become ok with not feeling ok. Now is the ‘Time To Talk’ and that’s why we’re getting involved with this important event.”

Richard Kotulecki, Lamp’s CEO added:

“Our Time to Talk charity dinner comes on the back of the national Time to Talk day, highlighting how vital it is to talk about mental health to individuals, with friends and family, carers, work colleagues, employees and employers. The event will help people to understand advocacy, why it’s important in the community and how Lamp can support people on their mental health journey. We’ll be listening to individuals with different stories about how mental health has affected them and also discussing how we should be more open when talking about our personal journeys.”


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