#ConvoPlate for mental health talk

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Chefs and restaurant owners from Waterloo region, Guelph and Wellington County put down their knives and picked up paint brushes for a unique workshop this week.

The chefs and restaurateurs were part of a group of more than a dozen people painting a Convo Plate. Launched in 2016, Convo Plate was conceived by the Paul Hansell Foundation, an organization that aims to get people talking about mental health through art.

Brian Hansell discusses the #ConvoPlate project (Photo/andrewcoppolino.com).

Jared Ferrall, co-owner of Crafty Ramen, hosted the event. Ferrall said he wanted to create more awareness within the local restaurant industry, a sector marked by mental health issues and perhaps especially so since the pandemic.

“Mental health issues affect a lot of people in this industry, and I don’t think there’s enough resources,” he said. “So any awareness we can bring to it is great.”

For more on this important initiative, visit CBC-KW.

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