Hampshire Festival of the Mind 2014

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 Huge success during October 2014!! 

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Hampshire Festival of the Mind ~ Routes to Resilience

Created by the members of the Good Mental Health Co-operative, the Hampshire Festival of the Mind took place on the 4th Oct 2014 at Portsmouth Cathedral.The event included a day of stalls and mini workshops, a talk by Rachel Perkins OBE, a Question Time panel, and, an evening of music! over 300 people attended. Filmed By Jon Cook, Mary Cohen.Sound By Christopher Sweetman, Ceejay Foster-WaltersEdited By Ryan Lee

Posted by The Good Mental Health Cooperative on Sunday, 29 March 2015


HFotM A4 (2)Our launch event at Portsmouth Anglican Cathedral attracted over 300 people. Inspirational guest speaker Rachel Perkins OBE spoke about alternative approaches to recovery and mental health service support. A multitude of varied stalls showcased their services, and people could sign up for taster workshops in singing, mindful meditation, resilience, laughter, poetry among others.

QT small 4At our Question Time event, local parliamentary candidates and leaders of mental health service provision in Hampshire, debated questions on the theme of ‘No Health Without Mental Health’ with a packed audience. Mental health is one of the key issues to come out of the general election in 2015.



DSC02259On World Mental Health Day, over 60 people attended an event at Gosport Discovery Centre hosted by local group Give, Gain & Grow as part of the Hampshire Festival of the Mind. Guest speakers talked about their experiences and top strategies for recovery from serious mental ill-health, and entertainment provided by singers and local band Walker Broad.


T&G event 2Other events and activities continued through October. Workshops on relaxation, mindfulness, laughter and resilience; poetry and music event arranged by Tongues & Grooves in the Community; award winning Zones of Avoidance live linterature production from Maggie Sawkins; forum theatre with Creative Mental Health UK; music jam for mental health with local band Walker Broad.


Soton Uni 4.11.14The final Festival event was hosted by the University of Southampton’s Health Science Faculty – a mental health conference for health students with workshops and activities delivered by service users and carers.



 Interested in local mental health services? watch the feature length full event of question time last year

Thanks to our sponsors who made the Hampshire Festival of the Mind possible


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