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Coffee shop owner keen to make a difference

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A NEW coffee shop that helps support people with mental health has been praised as being the first of its kind in the region.

Hideout opened its doors in Dumfries’ Queensberry Street two weeks ago and the response from the public has been a welcoming one.

Owner Jamie Irvine, who himself suffers from post traumatic stress disorder, has raised money and awareness for mental health issues in Dumfries and Galloway, and hopes his new coffee shop can help sufferers.

He said: “I want to help people with mental health issues as I’ve experienced the same problems and I wanted to help.

“Coming into a cafe or a public space can be really daunting so I decided to make this coffee shop’s atmosphere relaxing and welcoming.”

A lot of thought and detail went into his cafe and he hopes to make a difference. Jamie put in the hours to get the image he desired.

There’s also a quiet place at the back of cafe, so people can peacefully relax.

He added: “I wanted people to not feel threatened when coming in and have positive phrases on the walls and a private area. “Everybody has a story and if people are struggling, hopefully they can come here, chill out and maybe talk to other people here.” “If I can help just one person then it’s worth it.”

A number of mental health leaflets are also available in the coffee shop.

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