The Mental Wealth Festival - organised by City Lit and Books Beyond Words – is a three-day festival of talks, debates, seminars and mindfulness, with a broad programme, celebrating many aspects of life that contribute to people’s mental wellbeing.
This year the festival is taking place from 12-14th September in venues at City Lit in Covent Garden and the Houses of Parliament. We will be exploring the “human face of wellbeing”, and will help festival goers to move beyond the usual mental health statistics and policies and to encounter real stories, discovering how we can achieve and celebrate mental wealth.
We will welcome mental health campaigners Jonny Benjamin and Neil Laybourn, familiar to many through the ‘Stranger on the bridge’ documentary. Mandy Stephens will also contribute. She will share her story of recovery about how as a mental health professional and director of a major mental health trust, she ended up receiving care after experiencing severe mental health issues.
In partnership this year with the National Gallery there will also be sessions at the gallery, including mindfulness with paintings and accessible opportunities for people with learning disabilities.
Other events will range from the small-scale to larger evening events with guest speakers who are passionate about inspiring commitment to positive mental wellbeing and in driving changes in attitudes. Previous festivals have included contributions from Ruby Wax, Alastair Campbell, Nathan Filer and Hugh Grant, as well as award winning authors, social innovators, carers, faith groups, and people with disabilities. Other contributors for 2017 are to be confirmed - watch this space.