Mental Health Awareness Fair 2023

A huge thank you to everyone that attended our Mental Health Awareness Fair!

On a day were the library had over 2000 visitors we recorded over 600 meaningful conversations and connections were made with the incredible organizations that joined us.

The Recovery Devon team are passionate about highlighting the work being offered in the communities around Exeter and Devon and it was a privilege to be able to organize an event where this could be highlighted. It was uplifting being able to witness all the conversations happening and seeing people connect to what support is out there. This years event was busier and more attended then last years with a steady footfall throughout the day and a buzz in the air.

We also made a lot of meaningful connections and chatted to people throughout the day about recovery, hope, opportunity and choice. Our stand had lots of resources and our free publications, as well as a hamper to win!

A big thank you to our Board Members Russ, Marie and David who also attended to share their recovery knowledge and inspiring stories to those attending. It was a great experience hearing about the history of recovery and the 20 years of Recovery Devon.

We also had the wonderful Sarah McFloof from McFloof Makes join us and offer a Grounding Pebble Art Workshop. We received some wonderful feedback from the group and Sarah did a fantastic job at facilitating conversations around anxiety, depression and loneliness, with the uplifting message of using creativity to heal and connect with others.

‘There were lots of conversations around mental health, anxiety, loneliness and how people are struggling. How it’s important to find time for self care and creativity and that most people find it difficult when they are at home alone to be creative.  The group was incredible at supporting each other and conversations carried on after the workshop had finished.  It was incredibly powerful and I feel privileged to have been able to hold that space for people to have felt so comfortable to open up about their struggles.’

Thank you Sarah!

If you missed the event then we also recorded a podcast on Recovery and Anxiety as part of the event, watch this space for when that goes live! I spoke to several people and organizations about their personal experiences with anxiety, tools to manage, what others found helpful, sober raves and support that is on offer. Keep an eye on our social media platforms and Spotify, coming soon!

If you would also like to get in touch with one of the 17 organizations that attended below is a list with links to their websites:

Step One – provide comprehensive support to a diverse range of individuals who may have a mental health issue and/or a hidden disability.
McFloof Makes – Bringing colour and joy into the world by creating products with positive vibes.
More Positive Me – provide personal development training for people who have experienced domestic abuse.
Big Emotions – Music wellbeing for children
Wellbeing Exeter – works alongside people to discover and develop opportunities and ideas on how to live and feel better and get connected to what matters to them.
DPT Research – feel passionately about sharing research opportunities with everyone that comes into contact with our services. 
It’s All About You Wellbeing – Therapy and wellbeing for LGBTQ+ people in SW England.
Hope To Inspire – delivers education, advice and support from the perspective of someone living with an autism spectrum condition.
Parental Minds – gives support to families who are struggling with their mental health. 
Change Your Space – If you are feeling overwhelmed by clutter, embarrassed by your home or just fed up of not being able to find anything, let us help.
Open Arms – is a friendly support group for adults experiencing mental health problems
Living Options – We empower disabled people to live the life they choose.
Andys Man Club – a men’s suicide prevention charity, offering free-to-attend peer-to-peer support groups across the United Kingdom and online.
Well Image – deliver high quality online photography groups for wellbeing
Sport in Mind – Transforming the lives and mental health of children and adults through sport and physical activity
Transitions ECI – aim to help adults who are experiencing vulnerability to manage change positively, to combat isolation and to improve overall wellbeing.
RePhrase – Providing Healthy Relationships & Sex Education in Exeter, Devon and beyond! (without the awkwardness) 
Last but not least a big thank you to Exeter Library for hosting and collaborating with us on this event and we will see you next year!