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

  • Clapham, London on 19th Nov 2017
    Meeting at Clapham South Tube Station (by Clapham Flowers), Balham Hill, SW12 9DU, at 11:00am. Please note: event registration is required for this walkClick here to register via Eventbrite. Walk leader: Kat (instagram.com/mentalhealthmates)
  • Chelmsford, Essex on 19th Nov 2017
    Meeting at Cake at the Lake (cafe), Central Park, Chelmsford, CM1 1JJ, at 11:00am. Walk leader: Sally (itsmrssallyb@gmail.com)
  • Horsham, West Sussex on 19th Nov 2017
    Meeting at Horsham Park Bandstand, opposite the Conservatory Cafe, Horsham Park, RH12 1RJ, at 11:00am. Walk leader: Ellen (mentalhealthmateswestsussex@gmail.com)
  • East London on 19th Nov 2017
    Meeting at the Pavilion Cafe, Victoria Park, E9 7DE, at 11:00am. Walk leader: Leoni (leonicachia@gmail.com)
  • Wilmslow, Cheshire on 19th Nov 2017
    Meeting behind the Jubilee Gate, the Carrs Park, East Cheshire, SK9 4AA, at 11:00am. Walk leaders: Julie and Annie (mentalhealthmateswilmslow@gmail.com)
  • Stoke-on-Trent on 25th Nov 2017
    Meeting outside Wedgwood Visitor Centre, Hem Heath Woods, ST12 9ER, at 11:00am. Walk leader: Laurence (stokemhmates@gmail.com)
  • Leeds on 25th Nov 2017
    Meeting outside Lakeside Cafe, Roundhay Park, Leeds, LS8 2JL, at 11:00am. Walk leader: Kate (katebuckingham@me.com)
  • Newcastle on 25th Nov 2017
    Meeting at the entrance gates to Exhibition Park, Claremont Road, NE2 4PZ at 11:00am. Walk leader:  Natalie (mentalhealthmatesnewcastle@gmail.com)
  • Beckenham, Kent on 2nd Dec 2017
    Meeting outside the Mansion House (next to the notice boards), Beckenham Place Park, BR3 1UH, at 10:00am. Walk leader: Helen (mentalhealthmateskent@gmail.com)
  • Cranbrook, Exeter on 3rd Dec 2017
    Meeting at the Cranberry Farm Pub, Badger Way, Exeter, EX5 7FN (followed by a walk, tea and cake), at 1:30pm. Walk leader: Lythan (lythan.nevard@gmail.com)
  • Hyde Park, London on 10th Dec 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, as soon as our free tickets become available. Walk leader: Denean (twitter.com/findyourwe)
  • Manchester on 10th Dec 2017
    Meeting (location TBC) at 2:00pm. Save the date! Walk leader: Shanna (mhmmanchester@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)
  • East London on 21st Jan 2018
    Meeting at the Pavilion Cafe, Victoria Park, E9 7DE, at 11:00am. Walk leader: Leoni (leonicachia@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 (London) – Guildford – Harpenden – Hertford – Hull – Hyde Park (London) – Ipswich – Leeds – Lincoln – Liverpool – Manchester – Melbourne (Australia) – Morecambe – Newcastle – New York (USA) – Norwich – Nottingham – Pitsea (Essex) – Reading – Richmond – San Francisco (USA) – Sheffield – Southampton – St. Albans – Stamford (Lincolnshire) – Stoke-on-Trent – Thurrock – Tunbridge Wells – Wellcome Collection (London) – Witney (Oxfordshire) – Worcester