The Wellbeing Café was a huge success. It provided a much-needed space for individuals to process their thoughts and emotions as they negotiated the uncertainty that the COVID-19 pandemic provoked in them and those around them.
The Wellbeing Cafe offered an alternative lens through which to view the pandemic as well as a set of necessary resources that offered guests the possibility of making the required adjustments without experiencing the levels of trauma they might otherwise have done.
Many deeply personal stories were shared in the Wellbeing Café, which made it clear that individuals were wrestling with significant issues that they have carried for a long while, some a lifetime.
Having the opportunity to incrementally explore those issues had a material effect on their sense of wellness and wellbeing.
Respondents could select from various areas that indicated how the Wellbeing Cafe had positively impacted their lives. These included: managing anxiety, managing trauma, managing mood changes, and managing eating habits. The fact that respondents, unknown to one another, focused exclusively on two measurements, managing overall wellbeing and managing stress, is a clear testament to the positive impact of the Wellbeing Cafe.
The format and success of the Wellbeing Cafe had inspired other community leaders to think about different ways in which they could serve their community. Today, they continue to promote our key message to think well, live well and be well.