MAD HATTER'S TEA PARTIES ALICE HICKS It has been nearly four years since we held the first of our monthly Mad Hatter tea parties at the Benson Hall on a Tuesday afternoon. Our tea parties are just friendly gatherings that welcome all sorts of people but especially those who may be living with or have had mental health issues. These gatherings are not meant to be a mental health service or therapy as such but are relaxed and enjoyable, offering people with all sorts of life experiences the chance to get together, make new friends, have fun and discuss a wide range of subjects. As we all know, society can still stigmatize and discriminate against people with "mental illness" and can leave people feeling left "outside" and isolated.

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