Back in February 2019, we made the exciting announcement that the Depression and Anxiety Service was changing its name to TALKWORKS.
TALKWORKS officially launches next week during Mental Health Awareness Week (13-19 May).
As an advocate for the service, Susie Stamp, Business Support Administrator in the South & West Team, has planned a TALKWORKS bike ride to raise awareness of the service and the treatment that is available to people to help them ‘get their life back on track'.
Susie will be joined by members of staff from across the various TALKWORKS teams and plans to do the bike ride over two days. (Devon is the third largest county in the UK and has a large geographical area of 6,707km!)
Day 1 will start from TALKWORKS North Devon in Barnstaple, cycling on to TALKWORKS East & Mid, Exeter. Susie and the team will follow the Tarka Trail to Meeth, and then on to Hatherleigh and Okehampton and then the old road through Sticklepath, Cheriton Bishop to Exeter, approximately 53 miles and not too hilly!
Day 2 will start from TALKWORKS Exeter cycling on to TALKWORKS South and West, Newton Abbot and then on to TALKWORKS Torbay, approximately 35 miles and slightly undulating!
Susie and the team plan to stop at places in the community such as libraries, pharmacies, hairdressers (just about anywhere!) to talk to the community about TALKWORKS and to let people know that the service is here to help and that people do not need to suffer alone. Susie will also be handing out some TALKWORKS goodies such as posters, pens, and business cards.
Susie commented: "I am cycling from Barnstaple to Torbay to promote the benefits of cycling and exercise for improved mental health and to raise awareness of the TALKWORKS Service. Although I am a regular cyclist, the hills and the mileage will be a challenge for me.
"I would also like to support Devon Partnership NHS Trust's charity to raise money for the things that the NHS is unable to provide. We would like to have a TV screen or some music in our patient waiting area to help put anxious patients at ease whilst they wait to be seen."
If you would like to support Susie on her cycle and make a donation, please use this link.
There will be regular updates of Susie’s cycle on the TALKWORKS twitter page @DPT_TALKWORKS. Please give us a follow if you would like to keep up to date on the latest news.
Good luck Susie!