Often it’s the deepest pain which empowers you to grow into your highest self.

Liverpool Mental Health Consortium was set up in 1995 with the aim of improving mental health services in Liverpool. Service User involvement is their highest priority and the Consortium offers valuable opportunities for those who have experienced mental distress to develop a collective voice about their experiences, share opinions and insights in an informal and friendly atmosphere, and influence the planning, delivery and evaluation of mental health services.

For the last 7 years Liverpool has celebrated World Mental Health Day. For this 8th year, Liverpool Mental Health Consortium presents the second Liverpool Mental Health Festival (incorporating World Mental Health Day on October 10th). The festival, running from 1st – 14th October, features Music, Dance, Comedy Circus, Visual Arts, Creative Writing, Film, Information, Advice, Training Courses, Workshops & more, happening across the 14 days.

Here’s a taster of what’s happening:

Sunday 1st October: ‘Still Feeling Funny’ Comedy Night in partnership with the Liverpool Comedy Festival: get your free tickets here

Monday 2nd October: ‘Believe It or Not!’ – Sexuality, Gender, Faith & Mental Health Conference. Info & Booking – claire.stevens@liverpoolmentalhealth.org/0151 237 2688

Tuesday 3rd October: Film Night at FACT – Screening Donnie Darko & a range of short films

Wednesday 4th October: Workshop Wednesday – everything from flow arts over yoga to mindfulness. Free tickets available from September.

Wednesday 4th October: Open Mic night with partners Mellowtone,

Thursday 5th October: Drama in Development – local authors reading from their plays,

Saturday 7th October: Williamson Square Celebration 10am – 6pm with stalls,  food & drink & lots of live music! Line-up announced in September.

Tuesday 10th October: LMHF 2017 Comedy Patron Sofie Hagen performs her show ‘Dead Baby Frog’ at Unity Theatre. Click here for more info & tickets.

Thursday 12th October: Lunatic Fringe Soap Box – Poetry Slam at the Brink, all welcome to take part! Free tickets available from September.

Saturday 14th October: Festival Finale at Blackburne House featuring free workshops with Bring the Fire Project, followed by a spectacular, fire-tastic, tribal performance by Bring the Fire Project & Katumba.

Great to see an eclectic run of events incorporating all the arts and all people. All other info can be found here.