Three years ago today was the first coffee morning that I ever held. For those of you who might be new to the blog you might not know that I suffered badly with depression and anxiety. During that time I lost friends, I missed meeting people for coffee, I missed being me.
Through the blog it was suggested that I contact the Havin’ a Laugh charity in Sligo (thank you Ruth for suggesting it). The charity offer life enhancing experiences for people in mental health counselling. I sent them an email and to cut a long story short they sent me a voucher for a seaweed bath. It got me out of the house and made me realise that someone, who wasn’t my family, cared about me.
I wanted to give something back to the charity so I organised a coffee morning to raise funds for them. I was terrified when the day arrived, I really wasn’t better but I wanted to do something to help others and make people realise they weren’t alone.
The Blind Tiger kindly provided the coffees and teas, local folks and businesses donated cakes and raffle prizes and people showed up in their droves! I was blown away with the response and I was proud that I actually managed to hold an event like this.
The coffee mornings continue, via zoom now because of Covid. Not only have they made me realise that I wasn’t alone but I’ve made friends through them and through the charity. Also our book idea came from one of the coffee mornings – and it’ll be out in the coming weeks.
Seeing the memories from 3 years ago made me look back. I’m so much better now, my confidence is coming back, I’m proud of myself and how far I’ve come. If you are going through mental health issues you really aren’t alone, it’s bloody awful but there is help and there is hope. Reaching out is the hardest thing to do x