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Let’s Chat benches aim to strike up conversations across Derbyshire

Published: 4 July 2022

We are putting up 700 Let’s Chat bench signs across the county, aimed at starting conversations about mental health, helping people connect and reducing isolation.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic there have been increases in the risk factors which contribute to emotional distress, such as social isolation and worries over employment and finances.  

Our public health team are connecting with local councils, community groups and Derbyshire businesses for the Let’s Chat Derbyshire campaign.

Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Communities, Councillor Carol Hart said:

“Loneliness and isolation can have a big impact on the way we feel, and the pandemic has meant that many more people have felt alone.

“Talking about how we’re feeling can go a long way to helping reduce the feelings of isolation.

"We hope our Let’s Chat benches will offer people a safe space to open up and start conversations.”

The Let’s Chat bench signs have QR codes which take you to webpages with information about tackling isolation, loneliness and mental health support.

There will be around 700 signs across Derbyshire on benches in parks, town centres and community venues.

You can find your nearest Let’s Chat bench by searching on the Google map.

Local photographer Tony Fisher will be travelling around the county taking pictures of the benches being used as well as having conversations with people across Derbyshire about their emotional health and wellbeing.

Why not find your nearest bench, take a picture and post it on social media with the tag #LetsChatDerbyshire.