October 8 2018

Talking is good for your mental health. It's as simple as that.

This week marks World Mental Health Day 2018. 

Staying connected is often more important than we realise. Many of us spend a huge proportion of our lives at work and see our colleagues more often than our family, so it's important to take some time to talk to colleagues and find out more about each other. To highlight this, McGinley Support Services is taking part in Tea & Talk this October. 

What is Tea & Talk 
Tea & Talk is a national fundraising event run by the Mental Health Foundation, which takes place on or around World Mental Health Day - 10th October each year. 

Time to dust off that apron Team McGinley 

Here at Team McGinley, to support Tea & Talk we will be holding the Mini McGinley Bake Off across the company from Wednesday 10th October to Friday 12th October. 


Round 1

The first entry for this week’s Mini McGinley Bake Off has arrived. Our Marketing Communications Manager Rebecca Meggs has bought in a bit of magic to the Watford Office this afternoon with her recreation of the birthday cake given to Harry Potter on his eleventh birthday by Rubeus Hagrid in the Philosophers Stone.

" I love Harry Potter, the magic of the films is contagious and makes you want to run away and join them. That's why I wanted to recreated Harry's Birthday cake from the first film for the Bake Off this week. What better than a slice of bright pink cake and a chat with your colleagues to mark Tea & Talk for World Mental Health Day 2018." 

Rebecca Meggs

Below is an example of the cake from Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone and Rebecca's creation. What do you think? 

Watch this space for details of round 2. 


Round 2 

Entry number two has landed. Created by our Tunnelling Project Administrator Val Brown, this energy-boosting coffee and hazelnut cake with layers of coffee creme as well as some rich chocolate brownies.  

Check out Val's creation below. What do you think? 


We know that Tea & Talk can sometimes trigger emotional responses

If you are worried about yourself or one of your colleagues, please be aware that you can contact Samaritans confidentially and free of charge by calling 116 123 or access advice via


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