Liverpool Mental Health Festival

Liverpool Mental Health Festival, incorporating World Mental Health Day 2016, will take place from 1st – 16th October 2016!



For the last 6 years Liverpool has celebrated World Mental Health Day. For this 7th year, Liverpool Mental Health Consortium presents the first Liverpool Mental Health Festival (incorporating World Mental Health Day on October 10th) The festival, running from 1st – 16th October, features Music, Dance, Comedy Circus, Visual Arts, Creative Writing, Film, information, advice, training courses, workshops and more, happening across the 16 days and beyond.

This short film captures most of the events that happened over the sixteen days of festival activities. The film includes footage from the main festival event in Williamson Square, The Art Exhibition in Unit51 and Constellations, The Writing Competition Final in The Central Library and the events held at PSS and YPAS. All filmed by LLTV’s Autumn Intern Team.



“Someone, somewhere, somehow feels the same” – Bill Ryder-Jones


Merseyside Musician Bill Ryder-Jones is the real deal. He co-founded The Coral when he was 13 years old & continues to make beautiful & deeply personal music as a solo artist. His latest, acclaimed, solo album is ‘West Kirby Country Primary’. Bill has experienced his own mental health struggles & believes that being upfront about his mental health has been a positive thing & that there’s a catharsis in creativity. Bill has talked & written about his depression & agoraphobia frankly, & has come to the realisation, as he sings in ‘Two To Birkenhead’, that “you only hate the things you think you are.”

Claire Stevens (Development Manager, Liverpool Mental Health Consortium) said ‘We’re delighted that Bill Ryder-Jones is supporting Liverpool Mental Health Festival 2016 by becoming the Festival Patron & helping us all to find creative & practical ways to talk about, & look after, our own mental health & that of our friends, families & communities. 

Amongst other things, Bill will be at the Mental Health & Me Celebration event to announce the overall winner of the competition, present the prizes, & talk to us about his own personal struggles with his mental health.  You can read the full story here:


Nick Thompson Exhibition at the Unity Theatre

We regret to announce that the previously announced exhibition of Nick Thompson’s art at the Unity Theatre (4th – 29th October), as part of Liverpool Mental Health Festival 2016, has been cancelled at the request of Nick’s family.

We apologise that the exhibition cannot now go ahead, but we welcome visitors to the festival’s ‘Respect’ Art Exhibition at Unit 51, 49 Jamaica Street, L1 0AF (7th – 16th Oct) & Constellations, 35 – 39 Greenland Street, L1 0BS (10th – 16th Oct).

You’re also welcome to get creative with art materials at the ‘Art for Wellbeing’ day at Constellations (35 – 39 Greenland Street, L1 0BS) on Sunday 16th October, 11am – 3pm.



Calling Liverpool Art Groups!

Do you regularly meet people to draw/paint/sculpt or engage in any other creative activities?

On 16th October, 11.00 am – 3.00 pm, Constellations will donate creative space to Liverpool Mental Health Festival 2016 for a day of creativity! Join us alone or bring your group to celebrate the last day of the festival. Using the space is free, just bring materials & get creative!  You can buy Sunday brunch at the Café. Children & young people are welcome.  

If you’re interested in getting involved, please contact




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