15th October 2018

World Mental Health Day 2018

How well do you know your teas?

For World Mental Health Day (10th October), we hosted a Tea & Talk fundraising event.

Solaris Health was put to the test in ‘Aun-tea’s mys-tea-ry’ in a battle of taste-buds and olfactory receptors. Staff attempted to iden-tea-fy (ha ha!) 12 different flavours of tea from a list 28 – packed full of red-tea herrings!


Alongside the conventional Early Grey and camomile varieties, popcorn and chocolate flake were among some of the rather obscure flavours that threw off even the most refined palates.

Delightful tea-treats were made to accompany the tea-tasting competition. Top picks included:

  • Phil’s Voluptuous Vanilla Sponge Cake
  • Dipesh’s Mexican Street Corn and Avocado Crostini
  • Shani’s Squidgy Chocolatey Goodness Cookies
  • Sedaka’s Signature Caribbean Banana Cake

Tracey’s Salmon and Chive Cream Cheese Tea Triangles


Next was a test of cake knowledge in ‘Aun-tea’s cake crum-nundrum’ in which 10 cakes and deserts had to be deciphered from a list of anagram phrases, which proved challenging for all – perhaps it was all the tea and food!


After many sips, grimaces and head-scratches, the scores were counted and Anton was announced as the King of Tea & Cake, coming top for both challenges. Well done Anton! His prize? A voucher to buy his favourite teas.

We managed to raise £75 which will go to the Mental Health Foundation (MHF), a UK charity dedicated to campaigning for, and delivering, good mental health.

In keeping with the theme of this year’s World Mental Health Day: the mental health of young people, the MHF’s campaign this year is Make it Count, which focuses on making mental health part of the school curriculum.

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This campaign follows off the back of the government’s proposal in July for making personal, social, health, and economic (PSHE) education - which includes mental health - compulsory for all schools by 2022,1 and promising to add more support for schools by bringing in new mental health support teams and offering help in measuring students' health, including their mental wellbeing.2

To find out more about the Mental Health Foundation, please visit https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk.


  1. Department for Education and The Rt Hon Damian Hinds MP. New relationships and health education in schools. 2018. Available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-relationships-and-health-education-in-schools.
  2. Department of Health & Social Care and Department for Education. Government Response to the Consultation on Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision: a Green Paper and Next Steps. 2018. Available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/728892/government-response-to-consultation-on-transforming-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health.pdf.