We all have mental health, yet often we ignore it unless we start to struggle.

Emotional difficulties can affect anyone at any time in their life, and we believe that everyone should have the tools to help themselves and others improve their emotional wellbeing, whatever the state of their mental health.

What is Freedom of Mind?

Freedom of Mind emerged from a single conversation. Two young people with lived experience, frustrated by mental health stigma and an increasing problem amongst peers wanted to do something different. To make mental health accessible for everyone, something to celebrate, and bring it into the light.

In 2016 the first Freedom of Mind festival took place, a week-long series of events around the Bristol area and since then has become an annual occurrence. These events are about encouraging conversations, educating each other, and creating change to reduce stigma and increase support regarding mental health.

Talking about mental health doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom, and we strive to make sure that discussions at our events are fun and engaging, interactive and eclectic. In previous years we’ve had everything from; panels, talks, performance, film showings and more – there’s something for everyone.

Our aims

As an organisation we have three main aims to improve mental health awareness.


By encouraging honest, non-judgemental discussions we aim to decrease the stigma surrounding mental health, and increase understanding, so we can move towards a society in which no one feels unable to talk about mental health.



We aim to provide educational platforms for people to learn more about mental health. Through education people can learn how to better help themselves and loved ones who are experiencing mental health difficulties.



We want to create positive change in how people view, understand and talk about mental health. We aim to change the way people talk about their own and others’ mental health and provide people with the confidence and the tools to talk openly.


Meet the team

Without blowing our own trumpet too hard, we think we’re a pretty special bunch at the Freedom of Mind HQ. Why? Because every single one of us is a volunteer, from the directors and founders to the event stewards, and everyone in between.
We are built on love and passion to change our world for brighter futures. Scroll through these beautiful faces below and find out more about what makes us tick. We would like to thank every single person who has helped us on our journey, either by giving donation, your time, or an empathetic cup of tea!


Managing Director
Katie first heard about Freedom of Mind in April 2015 when she met Ella Marshall. Her experiences of poor mental health at school and university had resulted in a passion Read More
Founder and Chair of the Board of Directors
Through her own experiences and those of loved ones, she realised that societal attitudes towards mental health needed to change. Stigma and ignorance play a huge part in ensuring that Read More
Marketing and Communications Director
Cai is an artist and illustrator, but spends his time in Freedom of Mind working within the Marketing team helping the festival to be seen by as many people as Read More
Non-Executive Director
Kate first joined Freedom Of Mind in January 2016. Her first hand experience with mental health motivated her involvement with the festival, which lead to Kate organising our five fringe Read More
Community Manager
HJ is an Arts and Events Coordinator and Freelance Writer. Her spare time is for FOM. Through personal experience, and watching people close to her deal with their mental health, Read More
Business Development Manager
Sarah recently joined Freedom of Mind as Business Development Manager. She is also Visitor Experience Manager for The RWA, an art gallery and independent charity in Clifton, and has lived Read More
Volunteer Manager
Sean was drawn to Freedom of Mind because of its genuine commitment to changing how Bristolians manage their mental health and and hopes that his experiences can help. He’s lived Read More

Marketing and Content Team

Content creator
Jade attended last year’s Freedom of Mind conference and was intrigued to see how the team worked to create such an innovative way to publicly discuss mental health, and jumped Read More
Content Creator
Having suffered from significant anxiety herself, Anna understands how vital it is for people to feel comfortable talking about mental health. Although as a society we’re moving towards de-stigmatising mental Read More
Content Creator & Social Media Assistant
Ant is an artist, performer & filmmaker based in Bristol. After seeing the incredible work that went into Freedom of Mind 2016 and the invaluable & innovative ways the festival Read More
Content Creator
KB is currently a second year Physiology student at the University of Bristol. Her interest in promoting openness in the mental health narrative began when she, and her loved ones, Read More
Graphic Designer
Rosalind is a graphic designer living and working in Bristol. She has a passion for developing ideas and creative solutions, especially ones that challenge societal attitudes and promote positive change Read More
Content Creator
Liam likes to keep busy. His passions are leadership, sketching and healthy living. Liam grasps any opportunity to learn or put himself out of his comfort zone. By day he Read More
Content Creator
Ruth is 19 and is in her first year of studying Maths and Philosophy at the University of Bristol. She first recognised the importance of challenging mental health stigma through Read More
Content Creator
Emily first got in contact with Freedom of Mind following the loss of a family member through struggles with their mental health. Initially she wanted to raise money for the Read More

Business Development Team

Lowie is twenty and works for The Scout Association in Bristol, and has previously worked for the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, the British Red Cross and Read More
Evan is currently in her final year of university doing Mathematics. She joined Freedom of Mind as she was inspired by their commitment in encouraging productive conversations about mental health Read More

Events Team

Workshop Co-ordinator
Having been involved with Freedom of Mind last year through his work, Mark was keen collaborate more closely as a volunteer this year and be inspired by the young, dynamic Read More
Events Assistant
After attending last year’s film screening of “Stranger on the Bridge “ with the Jonny Benjamin Q&A, Amy decided she wanted to be involved with Freedom of Mind 2017! She Read More
Events Assistant
Daisy is a young mother and aspiring event coordinator with a background in theatre and film, having performed and created amateur productions for over 12 years. She has studied a Read More
Events Assistant
Having attended events during last years festival, Bex felt incredibly inspired by the work of the Freedom of Mind team and was super keen contribute this year. Bex has joined Read More

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