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.
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.
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 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.