Past Events

Changing the Script 11 Nov 2019, Hereford, UK

A day of conversation and workshops at the The Left Bank Village – a stunning riverside setting in the heart of the historic cathedral city of Hereford. Calling for a radical shift in the way we understand mental illness, changing the script, challenging stigma and raising expectations.  See full Programme and Speakers>>

Uncharted – Freeing Up the Future 25 – 26 Sep 2019, Brecon Beacons, Wales, UK

Our eighth event saw us return to Buckland Hall, Brecon Beacons,  Wales. We are living in uncertain times, but they are also times of possibility when we have the power to shape the future.  See full Programme and Speakers>>

From Isolation to Connection 24 Jun 2019, Kingsley Hall, London

From Isolation to Connection – was a one day gathering exploring peer and network approaches to mental distress, held at Kingsley Hall in Bromley-by-Bow, London. It was a follow up to our successful first London event in April 2019 – and a chance for a more in depth look at Open Dialogue, a compassionate approach that was developed in Western Lapland in Finland. We also heard about work that has been pioneered by peers in America – at the Icarus Project, and Intentional Peer Support, and how by focusing less on the individual and more on the networks around the person experiencing the crisis – deeper, more lasting change can happen. See full Programme and Speakers>>

Safe Spaces for Suffering & Joy 1 Apri 2019, Kingsley Hall, London

Safe Spaces for Suffering & Joy was our sixth Compassionate Mental Health gathering, and our first to be held in London, at Kingsley Hall in Bromley-by-Bow.  This one-day gathering looked together at how we can create spaces for people to experience suffering and joy – safe, compassionate, non-judgmental spaces to explore extreme states, and discover meaning in difficult experiences, balancing open-hearted, non-hierarchical relationships with wise boundaries.  See full Programme and Speakers>>

Finding Space and Sanctuary 27 – 29 Nov 2018, Yorkshire, UK

Our fifth event, in Broughton Hall, Yorkshire, looked at looking at the ways we can create safety inside ourselves, and help create safe places for people when they are in crisis.  See full Programme and Speakers>>

Beyond Trauma – Finding Solid Ground 25 – 26 April 2018, Brecon Beacons, UK

Our fourth event, in Buckland Hall, Brecon Beacons,  Wales, looked at the ways in which trauma – through the generations and life stages – can impact our mental health.  See full Programme and Speakers>>

Finding Meaning through Connection 4 – 5 Oct 2017, West Wales, UK

Our third event, in fforest, West Wales, explored why finding meaning and purpose is so vital for recovery from trauma and mental distress.  See full Programme and Speakers>>

Building Compassionate Communities 30 – 31 Mar 2017, Cardiff, UK

This was our second event, building on our first gathering and going deeper into the issues surrounding a more compassionate approach to mental health.  See full Programme and Speakers>>

Compassionate Approaches to Mental Health 18 Nov 2016, Cardiff UK

The launch of Compassionate Mental Health: a groundbreaking one day event bringing together mental health practitioners, people with personal experience and policy makers to explore alternatives to the disease model of mental illness. See full Programme and Speakers>>

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