Mind over natter: the English town with a big mental health plan

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From gentle strolls to cups of tea, the market town of St Ives in Cambridgeshire is trying to confront isolation and mental distress

“A minister, a pub landlord and a mayor … it sounds like the start of a really bad joke, doesn’t it?”

The Rev Matt Finch laughs as he recalls the origins of a novel attempt to create a paragon of mental health in the small Cambridgeshire parish of St Ives. The three men – who walked not into a bar but a coffee shop – are trying to bring a smile back to the face of a community that has suffered its share of recent blows.

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