Mental health

Get involved with these World Mental Health Day events

Talks, lectures and festivals about everything from anxiety to workplace wellbeing

It’s just one day out of 365, but 10 October is arguably one of the most important in the year. It’s World Mental Health Day, when issues surrounding mental health are brought to the fore, in a way that hopefully leads to more progressive thinking and a change in our attitudes towards health and wellbeing. If you want to get more involved, then there’s also a host of World Mental Health Day events to attend in London to get you thinking. Here’s the five topping our list.

Men’s mental health: challenging the silent crisis at 34 Mayfair, 8 October

As part of its new series of wellness-led breakfasts and discussions, 34 Mayfair is hosting a panel talk exploring the male mental health crisis. Taking part will be therapist Joshua Dickson, founder of surfing therapy programme Resurface that focuses on treating trauma. Joining him will be Cornelius O’Shaughnessy, a meditation and Eastern philosophy expert, and founder of luxury wellness retreat Bodhimaya. The talk will examine the current mental health crisis facing men, and offer practical tips and advice on how to overcome it, accompanied with breakfast from 34 Mayfair’s new menu.

£60, 8.15AM, 34 Grosvenor Square, S Audley St, Mayfair W1K 2HD,

Mental Wealth Festival, 8-12 October

The City Lit festival returns for the fifth year in a row, focussing on relationships, family and friendships, and the importance of building communities and support networks. Events are held across the capital over the weekend, including at the National Gallery and the British Museum, and include panel discussions on men’s mental health, Feldenkrais classes and stress-busting workshops.

From £3, 8-12 October, various locations,

Mad World Summit, 9 October

Proving that workplace mental health is finally being taken seriously is Mad World. With 1000+ attendees expected, and keynote speakers who range from Paul Farmer, Chief Executive of Mind, to Ian Stuart, CEO of HSBC, Mad World is a corporate summit that aims to eradicate stigma, encourage conversations, and spark a new era of mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. There’s also workshops and an exhibition area that can be explored free of charge. 

Prices vary, 9 October, 133 Houndsditch, Liverpool Street, London EC3A 7BX,

Wellbeing at work: a fresh perspective on anxiety, 10 October

Men’s mental wellbeing in particular depends on whether they feel happy at work, or not. This two-hour session looks at workplace wellbeing, and anxiety in more detail: what it is, how it works, and what can be done about it. Essential learning whether you’re an employer or an employee.

£7.50, 6.30-8.30PM, 10 October, Essex Room, De Vere Grand Connaught, 61-65 Great Queen Street WC2B 5DA,

UCL Minds lunch hour lecture: anti-stigma campaigns in mental health, 10 October

Take a break from your desk on Mental Health Awareness Day with a lunchtime lecture at UCL. Part of its month-long Minds series, this talk is led by Anthony David, Director of the Institute of Mental Health, and will examine current efforts to remove the stigma around mental illness, and whether they have been successful – as well as whether they have had any unintended consequences. 

Free, 1-2PM, 10 October, Darwin Lecture Theatre, Darwin Building, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT,