Walks

Some balloons at a recent meetup on Clapham Common.

Some balloons at a recent meetup. And people.

The first meetup for people with mental health issues, where they could walk and talk without fear of judgement, took place on Valentine’s Day 2016. We are now a support network with groups all around the country, and even overseas!

How to find our meetups

Most leaders bring balloons to our walks. If not, they will still make themselves easy to spot! We’ve listed a meeting point for every walk, and the name of your walk leader, so you know who to look for.

Unless it’s mentioned on a specific walk listing (usually our busiest areas, Clapham Common and Hyde Park!), you don’t have to register in advance to attend a walk – just turn up on the day.

You can bring friends, family (including children and/or pets) and colleagues to the walks. They may not necessarily have mental health issues themselves, but they are still welcome to attend.

Next meetups

  • Ipswich on 30th May 2017
    Meeting at Cult Cafe, Ipswich Marina, IP3 0FS, at 7:00pm. Walk leader: Enya (ipswichmentalhealthmates@gmail.com)
  • Hyde Park, London on 31st May 2017
    Meeting at the Serpentine Bar and Kitchen, W2 2UH, at 6:15pm - find us on the picnic tables, at the back of the cafe, for our first evening walk of 2017. Please note: event registration is required for this walk. Click here to register via Eventbrite. Walk leader: Kat
  • Brighton and Hove on 2nd Jun 2017
    Meeting at Modelo Lounge, 123 Church Road, Hove, BN3 2AE, at 7:30pm. Walk leaders: Charlotte and Becka (brightonmhm@gmail.com)
  • Ely, Cambridgeshire on 4th Jun 2017
    Meeting at Barton Road Car Park, CB7 4JE, at 11:00am. Look for the blue balloons! Walk leader: Sarah (sarahcarford@btinternet.com)
  • Edinburgh on 4th Jun 2017
    Meeting at Inverleith Park, Portgower Place entrance, at 11:00am. Walk leader: Jane
  • Beckenham, Kent on 4th Jun 2017
    Meeting at the Mansion House, Beckenham Place Park, BR3 1UH, at 11:00am. Walk leader: Helen (mentalhealthmateskent@gmail.com)
  • Cheltenham on 7th Jun 2017
    Meeting at Conversation Corner in the Science Festival Cafe, Imperial Gardens, Imperial Square, Cheltenham, GL50 1QA, at 6:30pm. Look for the blue balloons and the Science Festival volunteer! Please note: you don't need to be interested in science or booked into the Science Festival to attend, and this will be a cafe meetup rather than a walk. Meetup leader: Emma (science@cheltenhamfestivals.com)
  • Belfast, Northern Ireland on 10th Jun 2017
    Meeting at the Queens Gate entrance of the Botanic Gardens, BT7 1LP, at 10:00am. Walk leaders: Naomi and Charlene (mhmbelfast@gmail.com)
  • Norwich, Eaton Park on 11th Jun 2017
    Meeting at 11am at the Bandstand, Eaton Park, NR4 7EG Walk leader: lauren@millysguide.com
  • East London on 11th Jun 2017
    Meeting at the Pavilion Cafe, Victoria Park, E9 7DE, at 11:00am. Walk leader: Gemma (gemmacapocci@yahoo.co.uk)
  • Stockton-on-Tees on 11th Jun 2017
    Meeting at the cafe in Preston Park, Eaglescliffe,  TS18 3RH, at 10:00am. Walk leader: Sam (samantha_allinson@hotmail.com)
  • Newcastle Coast on 14th Jun 2017
    Meeting at Tynemouth Priory, next to the Gibraltar Rock Pub, NE30 4BZ, for a coastal evening walk to Cullercoats and back, at 6:30pm. Walk leader: Natalie (mentalhealthmatesnewcastle@gmail.com)
  • Clapham, London on 18th Jun 2017
    Meeting at Clapham South Tube Station (the grass area just opposite), Balham Hill, SW12 9DU, at 11:00am. Join us for a very special Men's Walk, aimed at highlighting mental health awareness in men, but open to everyone. Please note: event registration is required for this walk. Click here to register via Eventbrite. Walk leader: Bryony
  • Stoke-on-Trent on 18th Jun 2017
    Meeting at the entrance to Keele Hall on Keele Campus, ST5 5BG, at 11:00am. Look for the gold balloon! Walk leader: Laurence (stokemhmates@gmail.com)
  • Newcastle on 24th Jun 2017
    Meeting at Exhibition Park, Claremont Road, NE2 4PZ, at 11:00am. Walk leader:  Natalie (mentalhealthmatesnewcastle@gmail.com)
  • Leeds on 24th Jun 2017
    Meeting outside the Lakeside Cafe, Roundhay Park, LS8 2JL, at 11:00am. Walk leader: Kate
  • Bath on 25th Jun 2017
    Meeting at the Moovit Gym, Highridge House, Granville Road, Lansdown, BA1 9BE, at 10:00am, for a walk along the Cotswold Way. Walk leader: Amelia (ameliarolfe.pt@gmail.com)
  • Birmingham on 25th Jun 2017
    Meeting at the main entrance of Birmingham Library, Centenary Square, B1 2ND, at 11:00am. Please note: event registration is being trialled for this walk. Click here to register via Eventbrite. Walk leader: Amy (amyrose1980@gmail.com)
  • Wellcome Collection, London on 29th Jun 2017
    Meeting at the Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, NW1 2BE, at 7:00pm - find us in the foyer, near the spiral staircase, to explore the museum during the usual late night Thursday opening hours. Please note: event registration is required for this walk, which is organised by MHM, not the Wellcome Collection. Click here to register via Eventbrite. Walk leader: Polly (twitter.com/misspallen)
  • Leeds (1 Year Anniversary) on 8th Jul 2017
    Meeting outside the Lakeside Cafe, Roundhay Park, LS8 2JL, at 11:00am. This special anniversary walk marks a year of Mental Health Mates events in Leeds. Walk leader: Kate
  • Norwich, Eaton Park on 9th Jul 2017
    Meeting at the Bandstand, Eaton Park, NR4 7EG, at 11:00am. Walk leader: Lauren (lauren@millysguide.com)
  • Newcastle Coast on 12th Jul 2017
    Meeting at Tynemouth Priory, next to the Gibraltar Rock Pub, NE30 4BZ, for a coastal evening walk to Cullercoats and back, at 6:30pm. Walk leader: Natalie (mentalhealthmatesnewcastle@gmail.com)
  • Newcastle on 29th Jul 2017
    Meeting at Exhibition Park, Claremont Road, NE2 4PZ at 11:00am. Walk leader:  Natalie (mentalhealthmatesnewcastle@gmail.com)
  • Newcastle Coast on 16th Aug 2017
    Meeting at Tynemouth Priory, next to the Gibraltar Rock Pub, NE30 4BZ, for a coastal evening walk to Cullercoats and back, at 6:30pm. Walk leader: Natalie (mentalhealthmatesnewcastle@gmail.com)

If you would like to set up an event in your area, please click here to download a walk leader pack. We provide plenty of support to help you promote and plan your MHM walk.

Here are some of the places we’ve held MHM walks:

Bedford – Belfast – Birmingham – Bognor Regis – Brighton – Bristol – British Library (London) – Cardiff – Catford – Chester – Clapham Common (London) – East London – Edinburgh – Exeter – Gloucester – Greenwich – Guildford – Harpenden – Hertford – Hyde Park (London) – Ipswich – Leeds – Manchester – Morecambe – Newcastle – New York – Norwich – Nottingham – Richmond – San Francisco – Sheffield – Southampton – St. Albans – Stoke-on-Trent – Thurrock – Worcester

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