Whether you have a mental illness or are just feeling a little stressed, Marks & Spencer’s new initiative is an attempt to help.
Frazzled Cafe is a partnership between M&S and comedienne Ruby Wax that aims to hold fortnightly sessions, after hours, where people can meet up and chat about their worries in a safe, non-judgmental and anonymous environment.
The cafe’s are not acting as a replacement for therapy or professional help, but rather a free, safe space for anyone to talk about mental health.
The initiative believes that the key to helping overcome feelings of being overwhelmed or stressed is knowing that we are not alone. Therefore, Frazzled Cafe’s are for the majority of us who often feel overwhelmed by the stresses of modern life.
Volunteer facilitator’s will be on hand to ensure the sessions run smoothly, and so far, eleven M&S stores have taken up the initiative, including in London, Brighton, Leeds and Norwich. Further locations will be added throughout the upcoming months.
Mental Health Campaigner Ruby Wax said:
“We live in a time where to have a life crammed to the hilt is considered a success story. ‘But with all this pressure, so many of us have nowhere to go to meet and talk about it.“
“Frazzled Cafe is about people coming together to share their stories, calmly sitting together, stating their case and feeling validated as a result.“
‘Feeling heard, to me, has always been half the cure.“
Frazzled Cafe is soon to become a registered charity, and is a non-for-profit organisation.
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