World Mental Health Day is coming up on the 10th October and to celebrate there will be a huge range of activities and events taking place across one of the greatest cities in the world – our home town, London.

Here’s a round-up of some of the events that caught our eye and are available for you to attend…

Young Londoner-led World Mental Health Day Festival City Hall

The Mayor’s Peer Outreach Team, in partnership with Thrive LDN, will be hosting an all-day young Londoner-led festival to mark World Mental Health Day. The festival will see various activities taking place throughout City Hall over the course of the day – including film screenings, creative workshops, presentations and panel discussions. The event will also provide an important platform to discuss how the whole of London can work together to improve the mental health and wellbeing of all Londoners.

Tea by the Thames for World Mental Health Day Re:Centre, Rainville Road, Hammersmith

Celebrate the merging of Mind in Ealing & Hounslow and Mind in Hammersmith & Fulham as they host an informal afternoon of tea and talks by the Thames. They’re inviting you to take time away from technology in favour of making human connections in a relaxed setting. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about the work that they do at Mind and they’re keen to continue shaping mental health services in being the best they can be for people in West London.

Mental Wealth Festival City Lit, 1-10 Keeley Street, London

The fifth edition of the Mental Wealth Festival returns this October 2019 to coincide with World Mental Health Day. Providing a forum for informative, challenging and inspiring discussions and workshops exploring mental health issues, they focus on relationships, family, friendship and the importance of community and support networks. The Mental Wealth Festival is produced by City Lit in partnership with our friends at Beyond Words, The National Gallery, The British Museum and Mad World.

UCL Minds Lunch Hour Lecture: Anti Stigma Campaigns in Mental Health. Winning the battle but losing the war? Darwin Lecture Theatre, 044: Darwin Building, London

Mental illness is one of the most stigmatised areas of modern life. Recently there has been a sea-change in the public conversation around mental health including concerted anti-stigma campaigns. These include raising awareness, emphasising the ubiquity of mental health problems, changing the terminology and language of the discourse and challenging the disease status of psychiatric conditions.The aim of this lecture is to raise awareness of these issues around the world and mobilise efforts to support people with mental health issues.