Taking hold of mental health and the stigma behind it is the new bar Better Days in Leeds – which aims to create an environment that normalises talking about mental health in an informal setting.
The brainchild of wellbeing coach Vicky Fytche, Leeds first-ever wellbeing bar and coffee house will take up residence in the beautiful Grand Arcade in Leeds City Centre from 19th May.
Speaking to Leeds Live: Vicky discussed some of the activities the venue will instil their venues ethos. From smaller things such as handing out a piece of paper and asking people to write down three things they are grateful for, to partnering with a mental health group and offering free support groups to encourage people to talk about mental health.
From Cleckheaton, the 26-year-old told Leeds Live how she’d “been thinking about setting up a wellbeing bar and coffee shop for a while, but lockdown sped up the process.
“The main aim is to create a positive social venue where people can talk about wellbeing and mental health in an informal way – we want to normalise it and stop the taboo.”
The name came from when the country went into lockdown back in March 2020 and people were discussing ‘better days ahead’ on social media.
The venue Better Days in Leeds will also be introducing a Happy Hour with a twist. In return for small donations to a mental health charity, customers will receive discounted drinks.
They will also be adding a sure to be popular bottomless brunch element to their venue where customers can enjoy pizza, charcuterie boards, flatbreads or cheese boards for 90 minutes. The bottomless brunch will include fizz of course in the form of Prosecco, Aperol Spritz and Coors Light.
They will have a brunch menu as well as an evening menu that will include vegetarian options as well as alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. The venue aims to try and keep prices down to be as inclusive as possible.
Their social channels are already pushing sailing the wellbeing flag with daily checklists and mental health statistics – creating the space to discuss such topics which is the heart of the venue’s cause.
If you’d like to find out more, visit their website here.