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

  • Dubai, UAE on 26th Jan 2018
    Meeting at Filli Cafe, Kite Beach, Jumeirah, at 11:00am. Walk leader: Nadia (ndalbani1@gmail.com).
  • Newcastle on 27th Jan 2018
    Meeting at the entrance gates to Exhibition Park, Claremont Road, NE2 4PZ at 11:00am. Walk leader: Natalie (mentalhealthmatesnewcastle@gmail.com).
  • Oxford on 28th Jan 2018
    Meeting at Taylor’s Oxford, 31 St Giles, OX1 3LD, at 10:00am. Walk leaders:  Kate and Jess (katieprice21@hotmail.com).
  • Chelmsford, Essex on 28th Jan 2018
    Meeting at Cake at the Lake Cafe, Central Park, Chelmsford, CM1 1JJ, at 11:00am. Walk leader: Sally (mentalhealthmateschelmsford@gmail.com). Please note: event registration is required for this walkClick here to register via Eventbrite.
  • Wadebridge, Cornwall on 28th Jan 2018
    Meeting at the Wadebridge entrance to the Camel Trail, outside Bridge Bike Hire, at 12:00pm. Walk leader: Kay (violetleopardhart@gmail.com).
  • Solihull on 28th Jan 2018
    Meeting on the pathway by the car park in Brueton Park, Warwick Road, B91 3HA, at 11:00am. Walk leader: Kate (kateylouise@me.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).
  • Manchester on 3rd Feb 2018
    Meeting outside the Alpine Tea Room, Fletcher Moss Park, Didsbury, M20 2SW at 11:00am. Walk leader: Shanna (mhmmanchester@gmail.com).
  • Birmingham on 4th Feb 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).
  • Hyde Park, London – 2nd Anniversary Walk on 11th Feb 2018
    Meeting at the Serpentine Bar & Kitchen, by the outdoor picnic tables at the back, at 11:00am, to celebrate two years since Mental Health Mates began. Please note: event registration is required for this walk. Click here to register via Eventbrite. Walk leader: TBC.
  • 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).

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