A leading suicide prevention charity has announced a new partnership with a North-East company in Mental Health Week.

The If U Care Share Foundation is aiming to get people talking about mental health throughout lockdown with a new ‘Have a cuppa, have a chat’ campaign.

And now North East Vending will distribute the Chester-le-Street based foundation’s details on hundreds of thousands of coffee cups distributed across the region every month.

The foundation’s aim during the difficult lockdown period is to get people talking, not just at work, but also in the home with so many people working away from colleagues and friends.

North East Vending supplies vending machines to hospitals and other key worker sites across the North-East and this valuable message will help people to get talking at this difficult time.

To mark Mental Health Week, which runs throughout this week until Sunday, If U Care Share and North East Vending are also encouraging people to hold online coffee mornings.

Dominic McDonough, If U Care Share Foundation’s fundraising and events manager, said the virtual coffee mornings are a great way to check in with loved ones and get conversations started in a new and fun way.

Dominic said: “We are delighted to be working with the team at North East Vending, they are a family run business who have been trading for over 45 years and have a real community focus.

“Their support will make a huge difference and help us to reach even more people who need our support.

“Talking in a responsible way whilst distancing or by using technology such as Zoom can provide valuable support and help people to get issues off their chest in a way that they simply couldn’t anywhere else.’

“Having a cuppa and a chat may seem like a small thing but talking really can save lives.

North East Vending Operations Director Sarah Forster added: “We are delighted to partner with such an amazing foundation and enable them to spread the word to people across the North East, reaching out to people at all levels from different walks of life”

If U Care Share Foundation has three aims: suicide prevention, intervention and support for those affected by suicide

Suicide is now the bigger killer of men under the age of 40 and young people under the age of 25 and the North-East has the highest rate of suicide in the country.

 

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