As the new Fundraising and Campaigns Manager for Norfolk and Waveney Mind, I was delighted to visit the Norfolk Bluebell Wood Burial Park early in October and catch up with Caroline Morton.
The Burial Park chose Norfolk and Waveney Mind as their charity of the year for 2019 and I wanted to see the peace and serenity that the park offered – I wasn’t disappointed. Caroline suggested that we head off through the wood for a stroll and some fresh autumnal morning air. The wood is very peaceful and offers a tranquil walk or sit to listen to the wind rustling the leaves and the squirrels completing their hoard ready for winter.
We stopped in at Cedar Hall to look at the beautiful outlook across the park and finished up in the wooden pod used as a meeting room for a cup of tea and to dry off our toes from the autumn dew.
Catching up with Caroline, we chatted about the importance of taking time out for ourselves, just as we had done on our walk, looking at the Five Ways of Wellbeing and thinking about what we can do to support our own mental health. I also wanted to update Caroline on a fundraising appeal we will shortly be launching to support our new Suicide Prevention and Bereavement Service in Norfolk during its second year. I also suggested the team at the Burial Park might like to get together to sign up to RED January 2020 – to get physically active every day in January to raise awareness for better mental health and support Norfolk and Waveney Mind.
Working in partnership with organisations like the Norfolk Bluebell Wood Burial Park, helps others understand the support available to people experiencing a mental health difficulty and reduce the stigma associated with mental health.
Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year and we won’t give up until everyone experiencing a mental ill health gets support and respect.
For more information about Norfolk and Waveney Mind visit our website: www.norfolkandwaveneymind.org.uk or contact us on 01603 432457.