Mental Health Mates Leeds is part of a growing national (and international) network of peer support groups run by people with mental health issues, they meet regularly to walk, talk and share with others, without fear of judgement. It is based on the premise that mental health issues can be magnified in isolation and promotes the message ‘Helping you find your we. Because you are not alone.’
Mental Health Mates itself was founded in 2016 by journalist/author Bryony Gordon, who has been publicly open about her mental health struggles, including OCD, documenting her experiences in her books.
Our lovely Roundhay Park is the usual backdrops for the walks. During the first lockdown, the meet-ups went online which widened the community further and enabled people from outside Leeds and beyond, to join in. The online meets have been a great way for people to connect and these still continue on a monthly-basis.
However, you can’t quite beat a real-life meet up with everyone together in the fresh air, surrounded by lovely nature.
- Drop me an email – firstname.lastname@example.org – if you give permission, I will add your email address to a mailing list to keep you up to date with future activities
- Follow us Instagram – @mentalhealthmatesleeds
- Join the private Facebook group ‘Mental Health Mates’ – this is a national group
- There is also www.mentalhealthmates.co.uk – where more information can be found, including all walk/talk activity. Here you can also subscribe to general ‘Mental Health Mates’ newsletter and events emails – such as MHM @ Home, which are monthly webinars (interactive) hosted by Bryony Gordon on a topic around mental health.