Exeter Mental Health Fair 2022

Early this year our Community Development Worker, Sami Goulding, asked Exeter Central Library to host some stalls for Mental Health Awareness Week. We had no idea just how many people would want to get involved! On Tuesday 10th May we had a host of organisations representing their great work in the city with a stand or activity, and many more visiting to network and share ideas.

After a couple of years of community events being frustrated it felt wonderful to meet friends old and new for such a big gathering. Our stallholders took over most of the main entrance at Exeter Central Library, who tell us that over 1,300 people passed through the fair on the day. Between them, our stallholders recorded over 300 conversations about mental health with visitors.

“Loneliness” was the theme for Mental Health Awareness Week this year, and we definitely provided an antidote with all the connections on offer from these wonderful people. Thank you for making the day so positive, creative, and hopeful:

The Recovery Devon staff team have had a difficult year, so it was good for the three of us to have a rare chance to be together and celebrate recovery in the community, too!

Our stall shared lots of different ways to get involved, take up our training, or pick up free books and bags to take out to whoever might need them. We had meaningful chats too with people who were just feeling lonely and relieved to see friendly faces unafraid to talk about mental health recovery.

Jody, Em and Sami
Huge thank you to Callum and the team at Exeter Central Library for hosting. We’re already making plans to do it again in 2023!