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Mental Wealth Festival

Mental Wealth Festival 5-10 October 2020Mental Wealth Festival 5-10 October 2020

The seventh Mental Wealth Festival, hosted by City Lit, will focus on ‘Positive Impact’, and ways to adapt to the changes in our relationships with ourselves, other people, work, home, and the communities in which we live. The festival will include stories and tools to help people recognise and respond to mental health issues with positive impact as we adapt and evolve in these extraordinary times.

As usual, City Lit is offering a programme of workshops throughout the week, introducing people to the therapeutic power of learning and feeding the mind. We are also offering a series of panel discussions on a variety of topics including self-care, wellbeing and mental health. 

Following a year that has raised the profile of mental health across the UK, City Lit's seventh Mental Wealth Festival promises to build on that awareness and empower individuals to adapt and move forward with positive impact.

All donations raised during the Mental Wealth Festival will go to the City Lit Bursary Fund - giving everyone the opportunity to learn. Each year, over 1000 students apply for help with course fees, materials, and assistance with travel and family care. Your donations makes sure that financial need isn’t a barrier to education. 

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Join us for a programme of online and in-person events throughout the week. 



Panel discussions 

Join us for a series of panel discussions on topics such as hope, self-care, wellbeing and mental health, both online and at City Lit, as part of this year's Mental Wealth Festival. 




Join us for a wide variety of workshops, both online and at City Lit, as part of this year's Mental Wealth Festival. We are running interactive workshops in storytelling, lipreading, dance, singing, writing, acting, yoga, languages and much more...



MWF events at Bethlem Hospital

The world renowned Anxiety Disorders Residential Unit (ADRU) at The Bethlem Royal Hospital will be hosting a series of events on Tuesday 12 October as part of this year’s Mental Wealth Festival. 



Mental Health Toolkit

The Mental Wealth Festival is a time to reflect on how we stay well mentally and emotionally. The City Lit Mental Health Toolkit provides resources and practical tips on how to soothe your stress and invest in your mental wealth. 



Mental Wealth Festival Partners 2021

The British Museum

The British Museum was founded in 1753 and opened its doors in 1759. It was the first national museum to cover all fields of human knowledge, open to visitors from across the world. The Museum is driven by an insatiable curiosity for the world, a deep belief in objects as reliable witnesses and documents of human history, sound research, as well as the desire to expand and share knowledge.


Beyond Words

Beyond Words provides books and training to support people who find pictures easier to understand than words. Whether supporting somebody with a learning disability or communication difficulty, our products empower people through pictures. 



Thrive London

Thrive LDN is a citywide movement to improve the mental health and wellbeing of all Londoners. It is supported by the Mayor of London and led by the London Health Board partners.


South London and Maudsley & Bethlem Hospital

Bethlem Hospital's aim is to be a leader in improving health and wellbeing – locally, nationally and globally. There are very few organisations in the world that have such wide-ranging capabilities working with mental illness.


Frazzled Cafe

Founded by City Lit Fellow Ruby Wax OBE, Frazzled Cafe meetings provide a free ‘talk-in’ place, where people who are feeling frazzled can meet to talk and share their personal stories in a safe, non-judgmental environment – a place where it’s ok not to be ok.

Images of speakers and attendees at 2019 City Lit Mental Wealth FestivalImages of speakers and attendees at 2019 City Lit Mental Wealth Festival