THERE will be a chance to enjoy tasty offerings while discussing a crucial topic.

The DPJ Foundation is inviting people to have cake and a cuppa to raise awareness of mental health in rural communities in Wales.

May 9-15 marks this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week and the theme for 2022 is Loneliness.

Agricultural mental health charity the DPJ Foundation is encouraging communities to come together to combat loneliness and connect over an afternoon tea.

They are calling for people in Wales to don their aprons, dust off their cake tins and get baking and then most importantly to share their wares with their neighbours and friends over a cup of tea as part of their “The DPJ Foundation Afternoon Tea”.


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The charity's manager Kate Miles said: “Loneliness is a feeling that we will all experience at some point during our lifetimes.

"We can experience it at any time, and we don’t have to be alone to feel lonely.

"Feeling that you are not understood can lead to feeling lonely and isolated and unfortunately, many farmers in Wales today feel that they are not appreciated.

"We know that feeling lonely can impact negatively on your mental health and that people who struggle with their mental health can feel more isolated because of this.

"As a charity that supports mental health in agriculture, we wanted to try to break this cycle and do something that would help to tackle loneliness, especially in rural communities, which is where our “Afternoon Tea” comes in.”

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Kate added: “If you're at school, at work or at home and want to get involved, it's as simple as putting the kettle on, putting on your apron and getting baking.

"You can support the farmers in your area by buying Welsh eggs, butter and milk as well as flour from your local shop to show your appreciation and even give them some cake or invite them for a cuppa.

"This is a chance to bring people together, enjoy a cup of tea and a cake while having a chat and catching up and at the same time helping beat loneliness.”

To get involved, people can visit the DPJ Foundation website or register their event by emailing with the date, time and venue and whether their event is open to the public.