Feel Good Friday at Bluecoat

Feelgood Friday was a day of free performances, workshops, taster-sessions, information, advice & signposting to sources of support. There were workshops in Yoga (Saeed Olayiwola), Relaxation Techniques (Star Webb), Drama (Abi Horsfield), Magic for Beginners (John Holt), Art (Busk with Us), Singing (Mersey Wylie), Street Theatre (Brendan Curtis-Burton), Baby Book Club, & Kaleidoscope Open Studio.

There were opportunities to participate in Capoeira (Capoeira for All), Bollywood dancing (Movema), & drumming (Busk with us Band), alongside great music from Nick Ellis, Thom Morecroft, Vocality, the Strumbrellas & the Mersey Belles

There were information stalls from a range of local support organisations – Adult Learning Service, Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Partnership, Citizens Advice Liverpool, Healthwatch Liverpool, Mary Seacole House, PSS Wellbeing Centres, Richmond Fellowship, Sahir House, Talk Liverpool, Women’s Health Information & Support Centre (WHISC), & Working Conversations. The Depressed Artists’ Support Bureau (Tom Rea Smith), a live art performance which was part of DaDaFest 2018, also made a guest appearance at Feelgood Friday, attempting to imagine what support for depressed artists might look like: offering peer support, practical guidance, and someone else to believe in you. Stalls were busy all day, with organisations having at least 1,291 conversations with members of the public about mental health & wellbeing.

‘I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop. I was bouncing. It gave me such an uplift. Well done all at LMHC!’

‘I thought the event as a whole was carried out with a grace & integrity that put across the message far better than in previous festivals. I can only see this gathering momentum & going from strength to strength in the future.’

‘What better way to boost your well-being than by learning a new skill. Thank you for allowing me to experience a taste of Bollywood.’