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  2017’s blog series begins with Founder, Ella Marshall, as she explains her feelings coming back into the project for the second time… Freedom of Mind Festival is back for it’s second year and once again, I am incredibly proud of all the great events we have in store, which have been brought together by theRead more

When you think of mental illness, what comes to mind? For this week’s blog post an anonymous writer explores invisible mental health problems, and why we aren’t talking about them. Just to note: this post talks about childhood trauma. Not in explicit detail, but rather the long term effects. I’m pretty sure most ­people with someRead more

Dean Ayotte is a coordinator for The Bristol Cable, a media co-operative created and owned by over 1200 people. Here he talks through his own journey with work and how it has affected his mental health. It’s November 2012 and I’m at the Job Centre on a cold morning.

Ben talks about the University of Bristol’s Peace of Mind student society and how they foster an environment that is open and constructive for all. Peer support groups are increasingly filling the void created by the various inadequacies of services provided by the NHS.

Tickets for our launch party are now on sale! Join us at the O2 Academy Bristol on the 30th September 2016 for a celebration of creativity. Featuring live music performances, short films and art installations. Buy your tickets now! Show your interest on facebook

Freedom of Mind presents a conference unlike any you have been to before. This all-day event will explore young people’s emotional wellbeing and discuss the factors that impact upon it. Bringing together young people who use mental health services and those who provide them. Book now to attend this unique event. View the event poster here orRead more

This weekend our volunteer Jon Aitken went on BBC Radio Bristol’s Dr. Phil Hammond Show to chat about anxiety, the Internet and Freedom of Mind Festival. About a month ago I published a video on my YouTube channel describing my experiences with anxiety. It detailed how it manifests itself as a physical, gnawing sensation inRead more

Caitlin – a good friend of Freedom of Mind Festival – has been taking antidepressants for a while now and recently came off them. She chose to mark the occasion with a wonderfully honest account of why she had been unable to drink alcohol for nearly a year. If you have seen or spoken toRead more


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