Thanet’s SpeakUpCIC group marks World Mental Health Day

Margate mayor Heather Keen (centre) with SpeakUpCIC members

Thanet-based independent mental health support organisation SpeakUpCIC held an event yesterday (October 10) to mark World Mental Health Day.

It was held at the Margate Media Centre, a venue where SpeakUpCIC provides a range of peer support groups and activities to connect people with others to reduce social isolation and help improve mental health and wellbeing. The group is part of the Live Well Kent & Medway organisations.

Peer support enables people to meet with others in a safe space so they can share experiences and coping strategies while participating in various activities, such as art, crafts, gardening, and creative writing.

The event was attended by more than 40 SpeakUpCIC members who enjoyed the opportunity to participate in some fun activities and showcased some of the art and crafts that have been created by people attending the groups.

Mayor of Margate, Heather Keen, supported the event by engaging with people to ascertain how important peer support is in relation to helping to prevent people from reaching a mental health crisis.

Managing Director and SpeakUpCIC Founder Maggie Gallant said: “It was lovely seeing so many people enjoying themselves and taking part in the fun activities throughout the day. Mental health can affect anyone, whether it be personally or a family member or friend.

“We all need to be aware of the need to support each other as best we can, especially throughout the forthcoming months when a lot of us will be facing additional challenges.

“I am especially grateful to our volunteers for helping to promote the importance of people connecting with each other and expressing themselves creatively. I would also like to thank Heather for joining us and her interest and support.”


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