Lamp launches ‘Time to Talk’ initiative to encourage conversations about mental health
Fortnightly drop-in sessions will be hosted by Kings Coffee House in Leicester
Lamp (Leicestershire Action for Mental Health Project) is launching a new ‘Time to Talk’ initiative to encourage conversations about mental health and wellbeing, in partnership with Kings Coffee House in Leicester city centre. From 12 October 2021, members of Lamp’s advocacy team will host a fortnightly drop in ‘Coffee and Chat’ session at Kings Coffee House, based in Holy Trinity Church on Upper King Street, where any person who needs to talk about their mental health or are looking for advice can drop in and speak to the Lamp team members.
November Dates – 9th and 23rd November 2021 11am – 2pm
Kings Coffee House is open midweek from 8am to 3pm for breakfast, lunch and homemade cakes throughout the day. All profits from the coffee house go to helping the compassion ministries within Holy Trinity Church, who help so many people with different challenges each year with profits going towards:
- providing items that the homeless need such as sleeping bags and clothing
- providing meals for the homeless and vulnerably housed on Friday evenings
- providing financial help for the vulnerably housed to have a trip away each year
Joel Plant from Kings Coffee House said:
“As an enterprise, our profits go towards helping vulnerable adults so we share similar aims to Lamp. We’re proud to share our space on the Time to Talk sessions with Lamp, so that people can chat and get support from the Lamp specialists in the informal cafe environment.
“On a Tuesday, we will also be encouraging people to come in and talk with friends, family and colleagues about mental health amongst each other, over a coffee, and to instigate conversations.”
Matt Barton, Corporate and Community Engagement Officer at Lamp added:
“At this difficult time, it’s more important than ever that we encourage people to talk about their own mental health concerns and continue to provide them with opportunities to do so. By launching our Time to Talk drop-in sessions with Kings Coffee House, we can help people in a relaxed, informal setting where they can find out what support options are available to them.”
The Time to Talk initiative follows the recent announcement about Lamp’s new Shine a Light campaign that aims to raise awareness of the importance of conversation for mental wellbeing and suicide prevention. People are being encouraged to light up someone’s phone with a message of support and positivity, with the campaign culminating in a Walk, Talk and Shine event from 7-8pm on Sunday 10 October at Victoria Park in Leicester to mark World Mental Health Day. For more information, visit www.lampadvocacy.co.uk/shinealight
About Kings Coffee House:
Kings Coffee House opened in April 2019. Based in Holy Trinity Church, just off Regent Road, it is open weekdays from 8am till 3pm. It serves breakfast muffins, rolls and bagels as well as toasties, salads and pizzas; all of these with an array of hot/cold drinks and cakes. It is also a coffee shop with a difference – serving top quality coffees (from St Martins Coffee Roasters) and excellent food; all profits from the coffee house go to helping the compassion ministries within Holy Trinity Church, who help so many people with different challenges each year.
For more information on Kings Coffee House, visit www.kingscoffeeleicester.com