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Occupational therapist aims to boost well-being in the community

Catherine Gray
Catherine Gray

An occupational therapist is aiming to boost well-being in the community with a new mobile therapy service ... and a nice cup of tea.

Catherine Gray launched her mental health wellness service last month after winning a grant for £3,800 from UnLtd, a support provider for social entrepreneurs.

Called CUP-O-T, Mrs Gray aims to make early support more accessible in the rural areas of Norfolk and Suffolk by offering a mobile service.

“We live in a rural area where public transport links are limited and there are few clinic spaces to hire,” said Mrs Gray, from Talconeston.

“I want to make support accessible to as many people as possible.

“Occupational therapy works with people to achieve what they want and need to do in life, those things are rarely stationary, so why should the service be?”

CUP-O-T will provide group treatments to encourage people to look after their mental health without the stigma of having to visit a clinic.

One-to-one occupational therapy sessions will also be available for those struggling to manage their mental health. Both are aimed at people aged 14 and upwards.

“The sessions can be delivered anywhere from cafes to pubs and even in the hairdressers,” said Mrs Gray.

“Cups of tea, or other drinks, are provided, as they are often a good conversation starter.

“People can indulge in relaxation sessions, make things like memory boxes or simply plan how to make the most their break times at work.

“It is preventative work to hopefully avoid any future the need for more specialist services, which will hopefully take some pressure off the NHS.”

Mrs Gray has worked for the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust for the past eight years and where she also still works part-time.

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