what we do
Chat Bar provides a safe space for festival goers, in order to help individuals cope with any emotional difficulties which one may experience during their festival experience. Emotional difficulties can arise out of situations where one experiences; violence, breakups, arguments between friends, consequences of substance intoxication, or a mental health episode.

At any given point in the safety space there will be a mental health professional on site along with Willingness trained emotional support volunteers. Chat Bar will also be providing tea for individuals in order to help ground them and provide a sense of tranquility. 

One can sit with a member of the staff at Chat Bar and discuss any issues which seem to be creating any emotional difficulties. Within Chat Bar, the staff members will act as an empathic ear who will facilitate any emotional difficulty with the festival goers. No therapeutic intervention is done at Char Bar and if individual's require professional help they will be directed towards appropriate entities outside of the festival grounds.

Festival Safety Tips

Chat Bar Festival Survival Guide

Getting ready…

  • You chose the festival – a great one at that! 🙂
  • Getting there – mosts festivals will have a link to all information needed on their website or Facebook page.
  • What to take with you:
    • Protective clothing – The problem with the Maltese sun is that she’s too eager to welcome you to the festival. Get sunglasses, hats, caps and anything that will protect you from getting a sun stroke.
    • Comfy footwear – there’s a lot of dancing involved at this festival.
    • Power bank – The last thing you want is for battery to go flat when headline act is on.
    • Any prescribed drugs that you are on. Pack for an extra couple of days and save them in a different location just in case you misplace your dosage.

Once you get there:

  • Get to know the site layout.
  • Water......loads of it! Pace your drinks with some H2O. It will keep you going for longer.
  • Agree on a meeting place with your mates just in case you get lost. (Chat Bar is a great place to hang out at.)
  • Start low and take it slow - Be careful. Take it easy. The effects of substances can be altered by the festival atmosphere and even people who’ve tried them before can have a different experience. Small amounts. You can always add to the affect but you can't take away. If you feel anxious or vulnerable then seek help. Our Chat Bar crew are trained in this.
  • Disclose to a friend what substances you have taken. We know drugs are illegal…but tell them if you are taking anything just in case something had to happen, it would help the support and/or medical team. One should also disclose  to a friend any type of predisposing mental health or health conditions – Tell the ones you trust what they can do if you experience an episode.

  • Prescription medications - Keep them safe and dry. Make sure the pharmacy labels are attached. Bring an extra day or two's worth just in case they got lost or you can’t get home in time.
  • Pace yourself. Alcohol, substances...pace yourself.

Looking out for each other:

  • Sometimes we get bad thoughts in the places where we should be having most fun. In this case tell your mates to get you to Chat Bar. Do not let your thoughts get too intense before you tell them. Thoughts and emotions do not just happen. Like an elevator they go up from 1 to 10 slowly, or sometimes rapidly. Speak up when the thought or emotion is still controllable. That way you have ample time to get to us at Chat Bar
  • Speak up when the thought or emotion is still controllable. That way you have ample time to get to us at Chat Bar. If you’re feeling confused, overwhelmed…take some time off by enjoying a cup of tea and a chat with one of our qualified personnel. Come say hello to our staff at Chat Bar, whatever the case…. some of them are really nice.

To book the tent for your festival  can be contacted on info@willingness.com.mt

Professionals who provide this service:

Michaela Pace

Michaela Pace

Triage Officer