From mental health campaigners to business leaders, to famous art institutions and leading charitable organisations, the Mental Wealth Festival provides a forum for informative, challenging and inspiring discussions and workshops exploring mental health issues.
This year’s festival spans two days; Monday 10 September at City Lit focusing on mental health and the workplace and the event continues in the evening at the Houses of Parliament for a debate and discussion on Suicide Prevention coinciding with World Suicide Prevention Day.
Tuesday 11 September at The National Gallery and the focus will be on mental health at home and within communities. There will be an emphasis on connecting the Gallery’s spaces and collection with events that inspire a sense of purpose and positive social empathy. The festival will conclude with an in conversation event at The National Gallery with artist Grayson Perry CBE.
The Festival was created by City Lit, London’s leading adult education college, and Beyond Words – a charitable organisation which provides books and training to support people who find pictures easier to understand than words, supporting people with a learning disability or communication difficulty. Founded on a shared belief that we need to talk more about our mental health and how we feel – and that sharing, learning and discussing is fundamental to building better mental wealth.
The Festival always tries to examine how we build resilience, help ourselves and others to discover and learn from others ways to improve our mental wealth, along with ways to seek support. Core to the festival programme are interactive wellbeing, art, performance sessions, as well as talks and workshops attended by students, leading professionals, activists and people discussing their experiences of mental health issues and services.
“I support the Mental Wealth Festival because there is still a stigma around mental health. People don’t have anywhere to go – to get help, support and share knowledge – and this is exactly the point of the festival. It’s the Glastonbury of mental health.” – Jonny Benjamin MBE, award-winning mental health campaigner and contributor in 2017 and 2018.
Some of this year’s speakers and contributors:
Artist Grayson Perry CBE
Journalist Bryony Gordon
Award-winning mental health campaigner Jonny Benjamin MBE
Mental health campaigner Hope Virgo
Mental health professional Mandy Stevens
Laura Willis, founder of Shine Offline
Laura Hearn, founder of the globally recognized online platform, Jiggsy
Dr Kathryn Mannix
Chris Underhill, social entrepreneur and founder of the Basic Needs mental health charity
Geoff McDonald, co-founder of the Minds@Work network and former Global Vice President at Unilever
and many others…