Thyme out recently became a Community Interest Company which is a non for profit organisation. The reason is because I wanted to dedicate time in helping the local community discover our safe place. Mental health is important to Thyme Out as it is close to our hearts with myself the owner and most of the staff that have worked and currently work here.
We want to strive to build relationships with organisations within the community and we are enormously committed in making people feel welcome and reassure them that they are not alone and isolated.
The reason why mental health is important to us is because personally I have had first-hand experience seeing how mental can affect someone and those around them. My daughter has ongoing anxiety and diagnosed around 7 years ago, mental health was not talked about. It took quite a while for us to know her diagnosis and if it wasn’t for counselling and my own need for information it would have been a very difficult road for us both. I cannot underestimate the need for support and awareness as back then there was very little.
Even though the amount of support available wasn’t a lot back then, the counselling that my daughter received allowed her to manage and move forward with her life. Its fantastic that it is now spoken about and we are able to hold events like Thyme Out has and will in continue to do in the future, to show that with support, people can manage their mental health and those around them are able to get the information they need in order to support them.