Touch Network CIC improves mental health by enabling people to talk about personal struggles before they become too much of a problem. We do this through coffee shop events whereby people share a personal story of overcoming a struggle in life. Events are relaxed, fun, sociable, entertaining, informative and inspiring at the same time.
At our events, story-tellers are fully supported and prepared in advance and are admired and celebrated by paying guests, who experience a sense of connection and hopefulness and leave feeling inspired and equipped with practical techniques to overcome their own battles.
Touch Network started as a part-time project of Debs Carter, who felt that hearing other people's personal stories helped her to move forward. Since then, over 100 people have publicly shared their story, with over 1500 paying guests.
The stories we've heard have been diverse yet have had similar themes. They've ranged from family life, loneliness, grief, gender and cultural challenges, physical illnesses and disabilities, mental health diagnosis and much more. Yet, time and time again, we hear that determination, inner strength, resilience, friendships, family and community, as well as practical tools and techniques, have enabled individuals to overcome the most difficult of personal struggles.