Free cuppas for mental health on Thursday

Free coffee: Sweet Espresso's Nicole Sanderson, Carla Brown and Emmi Wilson look forward to Thursday.
Free coffee: Sweet Espresso's Nicole Sanderson, Carla Brown and Emmi Wilson look forward to Thursday.

Four local cafes are giving out free cups of coffee on Thursday, October 12, to raise awareness about mental health.

The ‘free cuppa’ initiative comes courtesy of Country SA PHN, in collaboration with Naracoorte and Districts Suicide Prevention Network, Limestone Coast Living Clean (local drug action team), and South East Mental Health Services.

The initiative is a gesture to the community as a reminder of the importance of being connected to others, and having conversations.

According to the World Health Organisation: “One in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives. Around 450 million people currently suffer from such conditions, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide.”

Even if you aren’t currently affected by a mental illness, sitting down and talking about any stress or issues currently affecting your work and/or social life has been recommended by the United Kingdom’s National Health Service. Talking things over can have the positive effect of releasing pent-up emotions or thoughts.

Participating venues today include Blacksmith’s Cafe, Sweet Espresso, Maddie’s Cafe and Magic Earth. The offer is in-store only, so sit down with a friend to enjoy your free cuppa.

The organisers would like to emphasise that it’s important to prioritise mental health, in order to be able to manage stress and/or stressful situations. As well as good physical health (drinking water, exercising, having a moderate diet), taking care of your mental health is an essential part of everyday life.