Walks

Some balloons at a recent meetup on Clapham Common.

Some balloons at a recent meetup. And people.

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!

How to find our meet-ups

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.

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.

Next meetups

  • Leeds on 16th Dec 2017
    Meeting outside the Lakeside Cafe, Roundhay Park, Leeds, LS8 2JL, at 11:00am. Walk leader: Kate (mentalhealthmatesleeds@gmail.com)
  • East London on 17th Dec 2017
    Meeting at the Pavilion Cafe, Victoria Park, E9 7DE, at 11:00am. Walk leader: Leoni (leonicachia@gmail.com)
  • Southwater, West Sussex on 17th Dec 2017
    Meeting at the car park in Southwater Country Park, Cripplegate Lane, RH13 9UN, at 11:00am. Walk leader: Ellen (mentalhealthmateswestsussex@gmail.com)
  • Sunderland on 30th Dec 2017
    Meeting at the Burdon/Borough Road entrance to Mowbray Park, Burdon Road, Tyne And Wear, SR1 1PP, at 11:00am. Walk leader: Kat (Instagram.com/mentalhealthmates).
  • Newcastle on 30th Dec 2017
    Meeting at the entrance gates to Exhibition Park, Claremont Road, NE2 4PZ at 11:00am. Walk leader: Natalie (mentalhealthmatesnewcastle@gmail.com)
  • Birmingham on 7th Jan 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)
  • East London on 21st Jan 2018
    Meeting at the Pavilion Cafe, Victoria Park, E9 7DE, at 11:00am. Walk leader: Leoni (leonicachia@gmail.com)
  • Cardiff on 28th Jan 2018
    Meeting outside Penarth Pier Pavilion, The Esplanade, CF64 3AU, at 11:00am. Walk leader: Sarah (sarah_glazier@hotmail.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