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

  • Hyde Park, London on 20th Aug 2017
    Meeting at the Serpentine Bar & Kitchen, by the outdoor picnic tables at the back, at 11:00am. Please note: event registration is required for this walk. Click here to register via Eventbrite. Walk leader: Kat (instagram.com/mentalhealthmates)
  • Reading on 20th Aug 2017
    Meeting at the top car park of Prospect Park, Mansion House (a.k.a. Harvester car park), RG30 2ND, at 10:15am for a 10:30am start, followed by a post-walk cup of tea at Mansion House. Walk leader: Sue
  • Oxford (Summer Picnic) on 27th Aug 2017
    Meeting at the North Lodge Entrance of University Parks, University Park Road, OX1 3QG, at 12:00pm. Please bring food if possible. Picnic leaders: Kate and Jess (katieprice21@hotmail.com)
  • East London on 27th Aug 2017
    Meeting at the Pavilion Cafe, Victoria Park, E9 7DE, at 11:00am. Walk leaders: Gemma and Dulcie (gemmacapocci@yahoo.co.uk, dulcimer@dulcimerdraws.com)
  • Manchester on 2nd Sep 2017
    Meeting outside the Pavilion Cafe, Alexandra Park, M16 7JL, at 11:00am. Walk leader: Shanna (mhmmanchester@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).
  • Birmingham on 3rd Sep 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)
  • Hull on 3rd Sep 2017
    Meeting beneath the clock, outside the Pavilion Cafe, East Park, HU8 8JU, at 11:00am. Walk leader: Gareth (garethsmithstylist@gmail.com)
  • Cardiff on 9th Sep 2017
    Meeting at Roath Park Conservatory in Roath Park Botanic Gardens, CF23 5PG, at 3:00pm. Walk leaders: Sarah and Buddug (sarah_glazier@hotmail.com)
  • Greenwich, London on 10th Sep 2017
    Meeting at the Pavilion Cafe, Charlton Way, Greenwich Park, SE10 8QY, at 12:30pm. Walk leaders:  Poppy and Sue (poppyarmitage@gmail.com)
  • Manchester on 8th Oct 2017
    Meeting outside the Alpine Tea Room in Fletcher Moss Park, Didsbury (near the new tennis courts), M20 2SW, at 2:00pm. Walk leader: Shanna (mhmmanchester@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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