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

  • Hyde Park, London on 22nd Oct 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: Kat (instagram.com/mentalhealthmates)
  • Newcastle on 28th Oct 2017
    Meeting at the entrance gates to Exhibition Park, Claremont Road, NE2 4PZ at 11:00am. Walk leader:  Natalie (mentalhealthmatesnewcastle@gmail.com)
  • Tunbridge Wells on 29th Oct 2017
    Meeting at Dunorlan Park Cafe, Dunorlan Park, Pembury Road, Royal Tunbridge Wells, TN2 3QN, at 10:00am. Please note: event registration is encouraged for this walk. Click here to register via Eventbrite. Walk leader: Kate (k8.cooper@me.com)
  • Manchester on 4th Nov 2017
    Meeting (location TBC) at 11:00am. Save the date! Walk leader: Shanna (mhmmanchester@gmail.com)
  • Worcester on 5th Nov 2017
    Meeting outside the The Fold Cafe, New House Farm, A4103, Bransford, WR6 5JB, at 11:30am. Walk leader: Pete (p.riddleston@sky.com)
  • Birmingham on 5th Nov 2017
    Meeting at Boston Tea Party, 190 Corporation Street, B4 6QD, at 10:15am. Please note: event registration is required for this walkClick here to register via Eventbrite. Walk leader: Amy (amyrose1980@gmail.com)
  • Stockton-on-Tees on 5th Nov 2017
    Meeting outside the cafe at Preston Park, Yarm Road, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 3RH, at 10:00am. Walk leader: Sam (samanthajane500@gmail.com).
  • 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, as soon as our free tickets become available. 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)

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 – Hull – Hyde Park (London) – Ipswich – Leeds – Lincoln – Manchester – Morecambe – Newcastle – New York (USA) – Norwich – Nottingham – Reading – Richmond – San Francisco (USA) – Sheffield – Southampton – St. Albans – Stamford – Stoke-on-Trent – Thurrock – Wellcome Collection (London) – Worcester