In 2016 I tried to take my life three times. I felt nothing except total emptiness; no joy, no fear, no pain anymore. I simply didn’t want to be here anymore and ironically coming to that decision, the planning and the implementation seemed to calm me and in my head it was the only decision I had made in the recent months that felt ‘right’
I will never forget what my counsellor Julia said to me on one of our first meetings, ‘Get busy living or get busy dying’ from Shawshank Redemption, I chose living.
The Worry Tree Café concept was born; in my little garden in Framlingham with a colouring pencil, a piece of paper, and the knowledge that there has got to be some way of helping others so that they don’t feel as alone as I did. Don’t get me wrong, Mental Health is not something easily ‘fixed’, but I have found through secure, safe group sessions and 1:1 that just being given the chance to listen and talk to others who amazingly think and feel like you, has helped me on my journey and now I want to offer that ear to others.
Ed Sheeran MBE – Patron – Supporting the Worry Tree Café
“I am happy to support Amelia’s vision of a Worry Tree Cafe. This will be a safe, welcoming, friendly haven where people can talk freely and without judgement about their experience of mental health issues and share ideas which have helped them cope both day to day and in dark times. Framlingham is a wonderfully friendly town, but most of us shy away from discussing such personal things.”
To find out more, you can download the Worry Tree Cafe Poster by clicking here;