Light the Lamps 23-26 October 2023, Coed Hills, South Wales, UK

Light the Lamps was a three day gathering continuing our exploration of alternative approaches for living and working with mental distress.

Inspired by intentional and therapeutic communities, our aim was to the bridge the gap between the ambitions of mental health policy and practice on the ground.

The thread that runs throughout our series of Compassionate Mental Health Gatherings has been building community together – moving beyond Us and Them, the Fixers and those that need Fixing.

Our aim is to build bridges between those that use services and those that deliver and design them, and the family and social network around a person experiencing distress, so everyone can thrive.

The programme built on our core themes of connection, community and systems change, with a focus on reflective, relational, compassionate practice, and creating therapeutic environments.

Together we explored new ways of thinking about service provision, and approaches that are based on mutual support, safety and democratic principles.

Speakers & Facilitators

Our speakers and facilitators are passionate about transforming mental health and changing the script. All believe that with the right support recovery can happen and a mental health crisis can be a transformative process. New Speakers are joined by core Compassionate Mental Health team members.