Walks

The first meet-up for people of all ages 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! Check our walks list below to see if there’s a walk held near you.

Roundhay Park Leeds mental health support group walk attendees in winter coats

Mental Health Mates Leeds at Roundhay Park, January 2017.

How to find our walks

Some 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. To find out more about how Mental Health Mates works, please read our FAQs page.

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. Our events are always free, and we make them as accessible as possible.

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.

Mental Health Mates walk attendees in front of florist outside Clapham South Tube Station

A MHM walk in Clapham, February 2017.

Next walks

  • East London on 25th Feb 2018
    Meeting at the Pavilion Cafe, Victoria Park, E9 7DE, at 11:00am. Walk leader: Leoni (leonicachia@gmail.com).
  • Oxford on 25th Feb 2018
    Meeting at Taylor’s Oxford, 31 St Giles, OX1 3LD, at 10:00am. Walk leaders:  Kate and Jess (katieprice21@hotmail.com).
  • Manchester on 3rd Mar 2018
    Meeting outside the Alpine Tea Room, Fletcher Moss Park, Didsbury, M20 2SW at 11:00am. Walk leader: Shanna (mhmmanchester@gmail.com).
  • Tunbridge Wells on 3rd Mar 2018
    Meeting at Dunorlan Park Cafe, Dunorlan Park, Pembury Road, Royal Tunbridge Wells, TN2 3QN, at 3:00pm. Please note: event registration is required for this walk. An Eventbrite link will be posted shortly. Walk leader: Kate (k8.cooper@me.com).
  • Birmingham on 4th Mar 2018
    Meeting at the Edwardian Tea Rooms in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Chamberlain Square, B3 3DH, at 11:00am. Please note: event registration is required for this walkClick here to register via Eventbrite. Walk leader: Amy (amyrose1980@gmail.com).
  • Liverpool on 4th Mar 2018
    Meeting at Oasis Cafe, Sefton Park, L17 1AJ, at 1:30pm. Walk leader: Becca.
  • Manchester on 7th Apr 2018
    Meeting outside the Alpine Tea Room, Fletcher Moss Park, Didsbury, M20 2SW at 11:00am. Walk leader: Shanna (mhmmanchester@gmail.com).
  • Birmingham on 8th Apr 2018
    Meeting at the Edwardian Tea Rooms in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Chamberlain Square, B3 3DH, at 11:00am. Please note: event registration is required for this walkClick here to register via Eventbrite. Walk leader: Amy (amyrose1980@gmail.com).

If you would like to set up an event in your area, please click here to download a walk leader pack, then click here for a guide to creating your walk poster using the Canva app (Android users are advised to use Desygner, a similar free app). 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 (55 locations and counting!):

Beckenham – Bedford – Belfast – Birmingham Central – Birmingham South – Bognor Regis – Brighton – Bristol – British Library (London) – Cardiff – Catford – Chelmsford – Cheltenham – Chester – Clapham Common (London) – Dubai (UAE) – East London – Edinburgh – Exeter – Gloucester – Greenwich (London) – Guildford – Harpenden – Hertford – Horsham (West Sussex) – Hull – Hyde Park (London) – Ipswich – Leeds – Lincoln – Liverpool – Manchester – Melbourne (Australia) – Morecambe – Newcastle – New York (USA) – Norwich – Nottingham – Oxford – Pitsea (Essex) – Reading – Richmond – San Francisco (USA) – Sheffield – Solihull – Southampton – St. Albans – Stamford (Lincolnshire) – Stockton-on-Tees – Stoke-on-Trent – Thurrock – Tunbridge Wells – Wellcome Collection (London) – Witney (Oxfordshire) – Worcester