Walks

Some balloons at a recent meetup on Clapham Common.

Some balloons at a recent meetup. And people.

The first meetup 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 meetups

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.

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

  • Newcastle on 29th Jul 2017
    Meeting at Exhibition Park, Claremont Road, NE2 4PZ at 11:00am. Walk leader:  Natalie (mentalhealthmatesnewcastle@gmail.com)
  • Clapham, London – 18 Month MHM Anniversary on 30th Jul 2017
    Meeting at Clapham Common Bandstand, SW4 9DE, at 11:00am. Join us for a celebratory picnic, marking 18 months of Mental Health Mates. This event lasts until 6:00pm; if you can only attend part of it, we'd still love you to be there. Please note: event registration is requiredClick here to register via Eventbrite. Picnic leader: Bryony
  • Birmingham on 30th Jul 2017
    Meeting at the main entrance of St. Philip's Cathedral, B3 2QB, at 11:00am, followed by a post-walk cuppa and/or brunch at 200 Degrees Coffee Shop, Colmore Row, B3 2BH. Walk leader: Amy (amyrose1980@gmail.com)
  • Pitsea, Essex on 30th Jul 2017
    Meeting outside the Wat Tyler Centre, Pitsea Mound, Pitsea, Basildon,  SS16 4UH, at 11:00am. Walk leader: Lynda
  • Bognor Regis on 30th Jul 2017
    Meeting at Hotham Park Bandstand, Bognor Regis, PO21 1RQ, at 11:00am. Walk leader: Emily (mentalhealthmatesbognor@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)
  • Newcastle – 1 Year MHM Anniversary on 2nd Sep 2017
    Meeting at the entrance gates to Exhibition Park, Claremont Road, NE2 4PZ, at 11:00am. Time to walk, talk and reflect on our first year of finding our 'We' in Newcastle. 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, 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:

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

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