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

  • 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)
  • Chester on 2nd Jul 2017
    Meeting at the Lodge Cafe, Grosvenor Park, Chester, CH1 1QQ, at 11:00am. Walk leader: Beth (mentalhealthmateschester@gmail.com)
  • York on 2nd Jul 2017
    Meeting at the bottom of the steps to the Reading Cafe, Rowntree Park Lodge, Richardson St, YO23 1JU, at 11:00am. Walk leader: Ness (vanessa.m.mills@gmail.com)
  • Ipswich on 4th Jul 2017
    Meeting at Cult Cafe, Ipswich Marina, IP3 0FS, at 7:00pm. Walk leader: Enya (ipswichmentalhealthmates@gmail.com)
  • Hyde Park, London on 4th Jul 2017
    Meeting at the Serpentine Bar & Kitchen, by the outdoor picnic tables at the back, at 6:30pm. Please note: event registration is required for this walk. Click here to register via Eventbrite. Walk leader: Bryony
  • Brighton and Hove on 7th Jul 2017
    Meeting at Modelo Lounge, 123 Church Road, Hove, BN3 2AE, at 7:30pm. Walk leaders: Charlotte and Becka (brightonmhm@gmail.com)
  • 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)
  • Llantrisant Pontyclun, Wales on 9th Jul 2017
    Meeting at the Pontyclun railway station car park, South Wales, CF72 9ES, at 10:30am. Walk leader: Rhian (mhmatesllantrisant@yahoo.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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