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World Mental Health Day 2018 Summary

This year’s World Mental Health Day took place on October 10th and lots of local organisations got together to host a range of events to raise awareness and give the people of B&NES a taste of what is available to them and how they can get involved.

As part of the proceedings a flash mob choir organised by St Mungo’s & AWP appeared 3 times around bath singing a medley of ‘With a Little Help From My Friends’ and ‘Lean on Me’. One of the performances was even held at Bath Abbey. Take a look at the video below to see how it all went


On the same day the yearly gazebo was erected in the city centre with staff and volunteers all braving the harsh weather to hand out plenty of wellbeing cake and engage with the public. Bath city farm were there with the ever popular cuddle a chicken, the guys from Bath Mind gave people the chance to get involved with their colouring board, the flash mob choir made an appearance and ‘Lower Your Guard’ hoodies were on sale. We’d just like to say a big thank you to everyone who got involved and made the day what it was.

On World Mental Health Day itself the Fun Division gang decided to make the most of what was on offer by organising a mini bus to take us on a wellbeing trial around the various events. We started outside the train station to take in Bath Mind’s ‘Art in the City’ and enjoy the creative inventiveness of the ‘worry deleting machine’ and ‘cabinet of compassion’. From there we travelled to Bath City Farm for some light gardening, creative exploration at the ‘Crafting Workshop’ and hear about volunteering opportunities from 15 different organisations. From there it was on to Twerton village hall in order to ‘Get Set to Go’ with the folks from Bath Mind where we played a bit of badminton before heading to the ‘Chillout Café’ organised by DWP. A great day was had so we just want to say a big thank you to the volunteers who made it happen and the organisations who provided us with these great activities.

World Mental Health Day October 10th 2018

For this years World Mental Health Day. Local organisations have come together to host a range of events to help people manage their wellbeing in a changing world.

Talk Mental Health Gazebo

Saturday 6th October 10:30 - 15:00 Old Bond Street, Bath

Come along to our gazebo!

  • Eat some cake that will get you thinking

  • Take part in the colouring extravaganza

  • Interact with a special art piece

  • And there's loads more going on

For more information go here.

Or contact;

​Li Rawlings

Ralph Lillywhite


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Join the 'Lower Your Guard Chorus' flash mob choir on Saturday October 6th to perform a medley of 'With a Little Help from My Friends' and 'Lean on Me'. There'll be three performances with one at Bath Abbey.


For more information go here

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Mindfulness Cake


We'll be giving away a lot of'Mindfulness Cakes' at the Gazebo on Saturday October 10th. The idea is that they're dark on the inside and bright on the outside, to highlight that what you see is not always how people feel.

If you want to bake some cakes to help go here or contact;

Li Rawlings

World Mental Health Day Oct 2018

Over 25 events and activities across B&NES provided by lots of  organisations.

Go here for

the full list

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For regular updates on mental health events in BaNES, follow BaNES Mental Health on Twitter

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Past Events

The Many Faces of Volunteering

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As part of Mental Health Awareness Week 2019, an evening reception was held at Bath Museum of Architecture to launch the 'Many Faces of Volunteering' Exhibition. 

Earlier in the year World renowned photographer Clive Arrowsmith had photographed 19 volunteers and staff, who volunteer with people facing mental health challenges, either their own or those of a loved one. 

Each volunteer was also wrote an accompaniment to their photo, which gave them a chance to reflect on their experience as a volunteer, what inspired them, the impact their work and what it gives to them personally.

This opportunity with Clive was made possible by the great folks at Bath Museum of Architecture who not only arranged for the photos to become an exhibition, but also hosted the evening.

This was a great way to thank the volunteers from St Mungo's and AWP for what they have  and celebrate their impact on the lives of those who they work with.

The exhibition is open to the public until January 2020, at Bath Museum of Architecture

Here's Clive talking about the photographs he took of Peter Gabriel around Bath in the 1970's, which were also exhibited at the Bath Museum of Architecture 

What’s planned in Bath and NE Somerset:

Open Mic Night    (Music In Mind)


Wednesday 16th May,      7.30pm – 10pm


The Museum of Bath Architecture    The Paragon, Bath, BA1 5NA

Bar available      Please arrive early – capacity 80 people


Performers – register 6.30pm – 7.15pm


We’d love you to perform & especially if you have your own lived experience or a positive message about mental health


For more info or if you interested in performing please contact                    

Paul on 07522945518 or Max at

A Free event brought to you by volunteers & staff from Fun Division, St Mungo’s & Bath Mind

Café Conversations

The aim is to enable  staff, managers, volunteers and commissioners to learn about and discuss the innovative mental health progression projects funded by AWP in BANES

Please see below and attached for more information

Thursday 17th May 1.30pm @ All Saints Centre, Weston, Bath

An afternoon of 20 minute  dynamic workshops  & activities, learn more about the partnership projects , funded by AWP that creatively support mental health progression and move-on fromAvon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership Trust (AWP).      

  • Sycamore Ward  inpatient Move-on Workers

  • Peer Mentoring Project

  • Bath City Farms

  • FreshArt

Followed by “pop-up” café for afternoon tea & Jazz

Bring a cake to enter the cake competition

A Bath & NE Somerset event brought to you by St Mungo’s, AWP & partnership  organisations     

Mental Health Day 2017

Lower Your Guard Postcards 

Look out for our free wellbeing postcards. Join the conversation, and tell someone you care about ‘What helps you lower your guard and Talk Mental Health’ or add it to the art installation at the Talk Mental Health Gazebo on Sat 7th Oct. Postcards available from:

  • libraries,

  • Bath Mind & shop - 10 Westgate St,

  • St Mungo's - Green Park Station,

  • AWP - Hillview,

  • Plus many other organisations will be giving out cards

Talk Mental
Health Gazebo

Sat 7th Oct from 10:30am – 3pm

Old Bond Street (outside Gap)

Free wellbeing cakes, fun and stigma reducing style activities.

To get involved or find out more contact: or



Sat 7th Oct


How I Make It Work
Free Creative Workshops
Training/Charter Brunch

 10th – 14 Oct 44AD Art Gallery

4 Abbey Street, Bath BA1 1NN

40 local artists have produced work around the theme ‘How I Make It Work’. Every day of the exhibition there will also be free creative workshops to enable you to participate in positive ways to stay well. 

To book a place 01225 831820

For more information 

Information on workshops

Tues 10th Oct

@ 44AD Art Gallery

Local businesses will Start World Mental Health Day with some lovely food from Food for Thought and learn something about mental health and the Mental Health and Wellbeing Charter.

For more information contact: or


Music Gig

Fri 13th Oct

Celebrate a successful week by coming along to listen to some great local artists at the Old Theatre Royal. Headline acts: Local artists Sam Eason & littlemen.

For more information contact:

Tickets on sale now at brown paper tickets   

For more information please see the 

press release

The single – More Than That –  is now on sale from Bandcamp and iTunes  all proceeds to local peer led groups

Natural Wellbeing Workshop

11th Oct 1pm - 4pm,

Open sessions to get involved with Bath City Farm projects specifically aimed for those with short or long term mental health problems. Activities include Crafting, Gardening and looking after animals.

For more information contact: Sarah Neale 01225 481269

Mental Health in the Workplace

Tues 10th Oct,  10am - 4pm

Bath Job Centre,  Somerset St, BA1 1TS

Mental Health in the Workplace is the theme of this years WMH day. The Job centre has come together Virgin Care, Bath Mind and many other organisations to put on this great event.

The event includes:

  • Jobs fair

  • Talks from local organisations about maintaining wellbeing at work

  • 1-1 advice and guidance for job searchers, employees and employers

  • Information about training and work placements

  • Benefits of volunteering & the Volunteer Pass

For more information contact:  or

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More Than That Single

Fri 6th Oct

He produced the most famous charity single of all time, and now Stuart Bruce is working with artists Sam Eason and the band littlemen on a charity single in aid of peer led groups supported by St Mungo’s and other local charities for World Mental Health Day 2017.

The single – More Than That – was written and recorded at NAM studios in Wiltshire, The single is on sale on Friday 6 October from Bandcamp and iTunes and costs 79p to download.

For more information please see the 

press release

Recording at NAM studios on Sat 18th Sep

Creativity & Wellbeing Coffee Morning

Tues 10 Oct, 10.30 – 12 noon,

Holburne Museum

Enjoy a coffee and beautiful creative activities inspired by some of the treasures of the Holburne’s collection. This event is organised by members of our Pathways to Wellbeing groups and marks World Mental Health Day.

Pathways to Wellbeing is a 3 year project promoting mental health and wellbeing through engagement with the arts.   For more information visit:

Share your experience to train clinical psychologists


Wed 11th of Oct 2017, from 5pm to 7pm

University of Bath

Would you like to share your experiences of psychological difficulties to help us train future clinical psychologists?

For more information:

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Involving people with Lived experience leaflet


  • Please follow and promote WMH day activities via  twitter: #WMHDBath, Facebook: WorldMentalHealthDayBath

Get involved in any of the above or do your own thing

  • All of the great offers are Bath centric – so ideas for out of Bath encouraged

  • ACT NOW  - October may feel like a long way away, but once the August holiday season is over its only 6 weeks


For more information please contact a coordinator:   

Ralph Lillywhite:   

Jackie Parrington 

Lee Rawlings     

Philippa Forsey 

Suzanne Morys   (Mental Health in the Workplace) 

Mental Health Awareness Week

8-14 May 2017
World Mental Health day and Mental Health Awareness week is co-produced with groups, other organsiations and volunteers.
Please get in touch to get involved

Surviving or thriving?

Good mental health is more than the absence of a mental health problem. This Mental Health Awareness Week, 8-14 May 2017, we are going to look at mental health from a new angle. Rather than ask why so many people are living with mental health problems, we will seek to uncover why too few of us are thriving with good mental health. For more information on what is happening nationally go to Mental Health Foundation

AWP are offering this opportunity: 
Bath City Farm are offering this opportunity: 

World Mental Health Day 2016

Every year, New Hope and St Mungo's collaborate with other great organisations in BaNES to bring together a World Mental Health Day celebration in central Bath. Here's a piece of art we created with the public last year, with the help of local Bath artist Steve Hedley. Watch this space for WMHD 2017. 

What everyone did in 2016:

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