What’s it about?

A two-day experiential event to inform, inspire and empower people living and working with mental distress

Who’s it for?

Anyone curious about a fresh approach, including people and families with personal experience of mental distress, frontline staff, commissioners, managers, clinicians, policymakers and Third Sector staff.

Who’s speaking?

We bring together influential speakers and facilitators who are passionate about changing the script around mental health, challenging stigma and raising expectations. More>>

Postponed due to Covid-19


Turning towards Clarity 6-7 Oct 2020, Cardiff, UK


Canada Lodge and Lake, Heol Pant-y-Gored,Creigiau, Cardiff, CF15 9NF

A beautiful 5 acre site of secluded grounds and woodland in the countryside just outside Cardiff, and 10 minutes from the M4. The conference is taking place in Canada Lodge and adjacent Red Oak Creek Cabin, with access for participants to the beautiful lake and grounds. More>>


Our programmes offer an exciting mix of plenary sessions and workshops, with plenty of opportunities for participation, reflection and connection.

Our full programme for 6-7 October 2020 is coming soon. See our programme from our last event

View and download the full day programme for 11 Nov 2019 [PDF 1mb], including workshop information, venue details and more…

Turning towards Clarity is a two-day experiential event in Cardiff, Wales,  building on our core themes of connection, community and compassionate systems change.

As with all Compassionate Mental Health events, we are calling for a more compassionate, trauma informed approach to mental distress. Ultimately we hope to work with others towards a new integrative approach, and inspire the growth of safe, healing mental health services that people want to use when they are in crisis.

We are championing a range of compassionate approaches that move away from a disease focused, disorder model, to one of recovery and personal growth. Our aim to is to challenge stigma and raise expectations, and give people an immersive experience of compassionate community.

A key message of all Compassionate Mental Health events is choice not coercion – compassion not control, and the understanding that a mental health crisis can become a meaningful turning point and catalyst for change. Along with many other critical voices – we are calling for a radical shift in the way we understand mental health, changing the script, challenging stigma and raising expectations.


Our speakers and facilitators are passionate about transforming mental health and changing the script. All believe that with the right support recovery from mental illness can happen and a mental health crisis can be a transformative process. Take a look at our line-up of speakers and facilitators for 6-7 October 2020 below.

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