NSUN network for mental health is an independent, service-user-led charity that connects people with experience of mental health issues to give us a stronger voice in shaping policy and services.
Mental health events
This page contains local and national events that organisers have told us about.
If you have information about events which are not listed here, please email us.
Click on an event's name to be directed to its full details:
- SpeakUp CIC Thanet events Ashford events Dover & Deal events
- Mind Apples's Train The Trainer Sessions - Call to set up dates, London
- Healthcare UK mental health events - various dates from June to September in London, free places and discount offers for NSUN members and friends (3 free places for Psychosis and Schizophrenia in Adults - 30 September in London)
- Project DARE! forthcoming workshops - Croydon and Lambeth
- Mental Health, mental capacity, Human Rights - February to June, several locations
- 'A Disorder for Everyone!' events in Bristol, Edinburgh, London dates from 3 March to 8 June
- Peer supported open dialogue - 22 March, London
- BIGSPD Annual Conference - 21 to 23 March 2017, Inverness - NB: call for papers ends 4 Nov 2016
- A little less conversation alittle more action (involvement event) - 10 April, Worcester
- Boot Out Austerity Birmingham to Liverpool march - Starting 19 April in Birmingham with several stops
- BPD Awareness Workshops - regular (must arrange booking), Derbyshire
- Regular Meetups for Under 30's - Every Tuesday, Stockport
- Regular Arts Workshops - 1st Tuesday of every month, Birmingham
- SISH's Wellbeing Workshops, Support Groups and Course - recurring dates, Bristol
- Regular Poets Open Mic - every month, London
- Regular Creative Mental Health Sessions at the Dragon Cafe - every Monday afternoon, London
- CoolTan Arts Regular Mental Health Walks - recurring dates, various locations in South London
- Ashford SpeakUp CIC Regular Walk & Talk - recurring dates
Mind Apples's Train the Trainer
Mindapples have developed a programme of training materials that improve people’s psychological literacy, wellbeing and resilience – and we want to share them with the world.
The team are now offering a 2-day training event to teach people how to deliver Mind Apples' wellbeing and resilience training themselves. The basic course covers all material on wellbeing, mood regulation, motivation and stress management, and comes with detailed trainer’s guides for each module and guidance on running successful Mindapples training sessions.
These trainings are run at regular intervals throughout the year, and can also be held at your organisation’s offices if you have six or more people to be trained together. Discounts are available for non-profit organisations.
For more details please visit this page
Healthcare UK events - free places & discount offer!
20 % discount on any HCUK mental health themed event
The offers concerns events listed here. The 20% discount is available by quoting ref: HCUK20NSUN when booking.(*Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Full T&Cs available upon request.)
Project DARE! workshops
Project DARE! is a South London based organisation with courses running in Lambeth/ Southwark and Croydon, however participants do not need to live in these boroughs to book a place on the course.
Project DARE! Is a not-for-profit organisation specialising in providing workshops that get participants feeling confident, proud of their body and of course, uber Daring... the project specialises in working with people experiencing low self-esteem and/or body confidence issues.
The workshops are inspired, designed and delivered by service users and have excellent results for making positive impact on individuals wellbeing.
The project is now taking bookings for the autumn term! Project Dare has expanded to Croydon-consequently doubling capacity...
Course content, location, times and cost: please download the poster for Croydon and the one for Lambeth / Southwark
Funding: People who may be applicable for a funded place on the program should ask their GP to refer them to the Livingwell Partnership or to Thames Reach Employment Academy and then inquire about Project DARE! Participants can also access funding via personal budgets.
Mental Health, mental capacity, Human Rights
The British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) invites you to these sessions to be held on several occasions / places:
Whether you work in service design or delivery, for an advocacy or support group, as a regulator or a Commissioner, come along and join the discussions. The session will cover:
- Human rights and mental health/capacity: what you need to know
- Using human rights across the sectors: real life examples
- Working collaboratively: using human rights to improve services
You will receive a copy of BIHR’s new suite of resources on Mental Health, Mental Capacity and Human Rights, which empower people using services about their own human rights and what they can expect from services.
BIHR's training will help you understand how human rights laws apply to your work. This could be because your organisation has legal duties,or you may be able to utilise human rights in your advocacy and campaigning work. Whatever your role, BIHR will help you translate human rights into your everyday practice.
Find our why you need training here
Discover where you can get training - regional events
A Disorder for Everyone! events in Bristol, Edinburgh, London
'A Disorder for Everyone' explores the culture of psychiatric diagnosis, challenges it and proposes to create change. The events are your opportunity to have your input.
The events take the form of a one day Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for everyone who is interested in the current debates around mental health. It aims to attract psychologists, counsellors, service users, psychotherapists, mental health support professionals, psychiatrists, mental health survivors, people with lived experience, managers and individuals with a personal interest.
Facilitated by Dr Lucy Johnstone and Jo Watson as well as Dolly Sen (Bristol), Jo McFarlane (Edinburgh), Rai Waddingham (London). It is a chance to discuss the critical questions of the day around the biomedical model in mental health.
- 3 March (9am - 5.30pm), Hamilton House 80 Stokes Croft Bristol BS1 3QY / booking here
- 10 March (9am - 5.30pm), The Melting Pot 5 Rose Street Edinburgh EH2 2PR / booking here
- 8 June (9am - 5.30pm), Amnesty International UK 25 New Inn Yard London EC2A 3EA / booking here
For Bristol and Edinburgh, prices range from £0 to £ 99. For London, cost currently stands at £79 - £99. All free sponsored places have gone but attempts are being made to secure more sponsored places. Keep checking with booking pages.
Each booking page offers details about the events and presenters (with their website / twitter details)
Peer supported open dialogue
Date: 22 March 2017
Time: 9:30am - 5pm
Venue: Regent Hall, 275 Oxford Street London W1C 2DJ
Peer-supported Open Dialogue is a form of patient-driven, relationship-centred mental healthcare that brings friends, families and peers together to support the person experiencing distress, helping them make sense of their experience and plan a way forward together. This is different to the 1:1 care most receive today, and the emphasis is on enabling the person at the centre of care to take control and gain a sense of agency together with their social network from day one.
Tickets on a donation basis. Please thake a look at the booking page here.
BIGSPD annual conference
The 18th Annual Conference of the British and Irish Group for the Study of Personality Disorder (BIGSPD) will be held at the Kingsmills Hotel, Culcabock Road, Inverness, IV2 3LP from 21st March to 23rd March 2017.
The conference will feature a number of inspiring speakers on the latest developments in research on personality disorders and will be a fantastic opportunity to share best practice and work together to improve services for personality disorder.
Abstract submission is now closed
Please see the BISPD website's abstract guidelines and submission form for further information.
Applications from academics, clinicians, service users and carers to present research projects, service development/evaluation projects and user involvement projects in the form of posters, oral presentations, symposia or workshops are encouraged.
To submit a paper please complete the abstract submission form (attached) and email to Karen Sugars no later than 5pm on Friday 4th November 2016.
Registration for individuals selected to present at the conference will open on 21st November 2016. Registration for all interested attendees will then open on 6th January 2017.
Visit the website for more information.
A little less conversation a little more action (involvement event)
- Monday 10 April
- University of Worcester, Cotswold Suite, St John's Campus, Henwick Grove, Worcester, WR2 6AJ
This is a conference promoting ways of working with service users and carers across social work, health and higher education in these times of Austerity. Examples of service user and carer involvement making a difference across social work, health, social care and higher education will be celebrated, highlighting examples of co-production.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Papers (20 minutes max), posters and outline of workshop presentations (45 minutes) to be sent to Dr Peter Unwin, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, University of Worcester – firstname.lastname@example.org by 17 February.
If you'd like to know more about the event, please visit the dedicated page
Boot out austerity!
On 19th April, a group of social workers and supporters will set off from Birmingham on a seven-day walk to Liverpool, to arrive the day before the British Association of Social Workers hold their 2017 Annual General Meeting and Conference there - you too can get involved.
Drawing inspiration from the Jarrow marchers of 1936, and more recently the People’s March for the NHS in 2014 and a group of psychologists who Walked the Talk in 2015, the aim of the walkers will be to highlight the devastating impact of nine years of austerity.
The organisers want to have a good send-off each morning, which will help to add to the publicity the walk generates - which is the whole point of doing the walk.
People will be gathering at 9am each morning - in Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Stafford, Stoke, Sandbach, Northwich (10am, Sunday lie-in!) and Runcorn - Days 1 (19th April) to 7 (25th April) respectively. Precise meeting points will be on the website (address below) very soon.
It would be great if each morning there was a local service user, carer, survivor or other concerned citizen, who was able to join in to say a few words as part of that morning's send-off. If you're interested in doing this on one of the days, could you phone Guy Shennan, one of the walk organisers, on 07841 529798 or email him at email@example.com
To register your interest, encourage those walking, offer to host an event en route, highlight a service, offer accommodation or simply state your support, please complete this short questionnaire.
Visit the website for more information.
BPD Awareness Workshops in Derbyshire
Borderline Arts offer a Certificate in Professional Development for those who want to gain an understanding of BPD.
The Creative Educational Workshops ( run with Derbyshire Mind) raise awareness and reduce stigma surrounding Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). The workshops are interactive and engaging. The organisers try to include a facilitator who has a diagnosis of BPD for genuine feedback and Service User expertise.
As the workhops are set up on a flexible basis, please get in touch with Borderline Arts if you feel your Team/Staff Group/yourself could benefit from this unique training. Borderline Arts are the only Charity in the UK who offer BPD specific training.
Address: 119 Osmaston Road, Derby, DE1 2GD
Cost: Waged: £75 / Unwaged: £25
Regular Meetups for Under 30's in Stockport
SPARC is a group of young adults (16 - 29) who wish to get support for their mental health and well being whilst having some fun and learning new skills.
The group is designed to fill a gap in services for people aged 16-29 offering social and therapeutic activities. As a healthy eating project, the group will every other week focus upon food education and cooking, food and mood. The other activities vary from week to week depending on what members decide, including playing pool, visiting science museum, going to the cinema, playing table tennis.
The group meets every Tuesday between 2pm and 4:30pm at Stockport Progress & Recovery Centre, Progress House, 35a Adswood Lane East, STOCKPORT SK2 6RE.
For more information or to speak to Judith and Pete who run the group, please ring; 4299744 / 07928 198843 or email
Regular Arts Workshops in Birmingham
An initiative from the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Recovery Art provides space to have fun and to create. It encourages self-motivation, focus and a constructive use of time. It enables people to connect with others, and to talk about mental health without any stigma.
Members all share a common interest in art and are in recovery from physical or mental ill health. They meet every first Tuesday of every month to:
- look at art, talk about art, and make art.
- earn and develop skills in drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture, and work with professional artist- quality materials.
- learn about artists and art history through tours and discussions in the galleries.
- express thoughts and ideas through creative processes in a relaxed and supportive environment.
Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided! No experience of making art is necessary.
Interested in joining the group? Contact Alex for a chat on 0121 414 2261 or email
SISH Wellbeing Workshops, Support Groups & Course
Time: 10:30am - 1pm
Venue: Bristol Mind offices, 35 Old Market Street , Bristol BS2 0EZ
Cost: £5 (waged) / £3 (low income). No booking required, just turn up.
All are welcome anyone at the workshops, men and women, and self-injury does not need to be a personal issue.
SISH also run support groups, also at Bristol Mind Offices, and a course:
- Women Only Support Group 18+ : Monday eves 6:30 – 8pm
- Mixed Gender Support Group 18+ : Tuesday eves 6:30 – 8pm
- Making Changes - Wellbeing and harm minimisation course
(dates TBC as of June 2014): open to self-referring men and women aged 18+, the course spans over 10-12 weeks and involves 6 workshop style sessions.
For more information, please click on the links above, email SISH or call 0117 2308230.
Regular Poets Open Mic in East London
Meet at the Canvas Cafe, 42 Hanbury Street, London, E1 5JL for a regular free monthly open-mic spoken word event for people who have experienced mental distress directly, or indirectly, in whatever form.
Whether you write poems, scribble your thoughts on napkins or just want to read others’ poems that resonate with you, your voice is welcome. You do not need to be an established writer or performer, just simply someone with something to say.
Not a writer? Then please come and listen and bring your friends. For Open Mic dates, please get in touch with 'Mad Poets Speak' : phone 07815 308770, Twitter (@madpoetsspeak) or email
Regular Creative Mental Health Sessions at the Dragon Cafe
The Dragon Café is Mental Fight Club’s latest creative project: a relaxing café and imaginative space, open to all, located in the Crypt of St George the Martyr Church, opposite Borough tube station (map). The Dragon Cafe opens on Mondays, from 12 noon to 8pm.
There is a wide range of creative and relaxing activities: photography, video, poetry, story writing, painting, drawing, yoga, meditation and many more. There are also open discussions on topics such as psychiatry and during these, you have the opportunity to meet one or several specific guests, e.g. doctors.
The team is very welcoming and always puts you at ease. Participation to activities is not compulsory: you are free to come in, have a cup of coffee or one of the very reasonably priced meals and either chat with people or simply sit down and observe. Besides the main activities room, the Dragon Cafe offers a separate quiet space equipped with bean bags and soft lights: there you can fully relax for a moment or the whole afternoon.
Any questions? Please get in touch with the team using the phone numbers shared on their website - here or by private message on their Facebook page. We recommend you contact the Dragon Cafe to confirm their opening hours and visit their website every week to view the programme of activities and talks.
CoolTan Arts Regular Mental Health Walks
NSUN friends Cooltan Arts have joined up with their local council in Southwark to provide a series of guided walks around South London.
CoolTan Arts already have experience of facilitating a long running public walk project - the volunteer led 'Largactyl Shuffle'. Made up of individuals with experience of mental distress, the group lead a monthly cultural walk through Southwark.
For further information or to discuss accessibility requirements please email Project Coordinator Georgina Rogers or call her on 020 7701 2696
Ashford Speak Up CIC Regular Walk & Talk
Ashford SpeakUp CIC organise a bi-weekly walk and talk to make friends and take in some gentle exercise. Walk length is 1-2 hours, depending on ability.
The group meets for coffee afterwards.
Dates: 10am every 1st and 3rd Saturday Of the month.
Venue: Meet outside Bybrook Barn Garden Centre, Canterbury Road, Ashford, TN24 9JZ
For more information email Amanda or call her on 01843 609359