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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:  


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)


Introduction to survivor research in mental health

Mind in Camden An Introduction to User/Survivor Research in Mental Health.
Trainer: Jayasree Kalathil is a researcher, writer and activist in mental health with over 15 years of experience. She runs the virtual collective, Survivor Research.
Date: Thursday 1 June 2017
Time: 10.00 - 4.30pm 
Conway Hall, 25 red Lion Square, Holborn, London WC1R 4RL
More information on booking


Bethnal Green Ventures demo day

Date: Wednesday 7 June
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

A night of celebration showcasing the 8 tech for good startups from the Spring 2017 programme. You can see a full list of the teams here. During the past 12 weeks, the teams have worked around the clock to develop their ideas for using technology to tackle big social and environmental problems, with support from our great network of mentors and alumni.

6.30pm - Welcome drinks
7.00pm - Live pitches followed by networking
10.00pm - Event close - we'll head off to a pub nearby afterwards.

Find out more and book your place here.


Critical suicidology

NSUN co-chair Dr Sarah Carr is to speak at this event on the Saturday.

Date: Thursday 30 June to Saturday 1 July
Location: Canterbury Christchurch University

The conference itself is free but delegates must fund their own travel / accommodation. To know more about this event and how to register, please visit here.


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 chair@basw.co.uk

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.

Email: contact@borderlinearts.org

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

Wellbeing workshops are regularly organised by the Self Injury Self Help group (SISH).

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