City Lit is the leading adult education college in Europe. We welcome over 32,000 students every year, offering over 6,000 courses and our work helps Londoners from every walk of life. In particular, we provide unique educational opportunities for: the Deaf and hard of hearing communities; support for adult stammerers; adults with severe learning difficulties; and outreach for disadvantaged communities across the Capital. Founded in 1919, City Lit has adapted and innovated to meet London’s changing needs, providing more than just adult education courses – we help improve confidence; combat loneliness and isolation; develop new skills to improve employability; retool those ready for a career change; help individuals manage their mental health difficulties; and generally make London a better place.
As part of our activity, we strongly advocate for the benefits of lifelong learning as a way to support and promote positive mental health and well-being through the Mental Wealth Festival.
The Mental Wealth Festival is a week of events and experiences which celebrate and promote activities, projects, ideas and tools which restore, support and enhance positive mental health. The Festival aims to highlight the way mental health issues impact on so many aspects of daily life, and how the arts, politics, culture, faith and the media can support our ‘mental wealth’. We bring together professionals and key stakeholders to discuss mental health issues, providing a forum for informative, challenging and inspiring discussions and workshops exploring mental health issues.
Whilst not shying away from addressing the problems in society that contribute to mental ill health, the festival focusses on the solutions and positive outcomes of mental wellbeing. It also provides an open forum for debate and discussion and allows people to speak freely about their own experiences of mental health and wellbeing. We provide access across the community to share knowledge and good practice to focus on mental health and wellbeing, creating a community that are focused on staying well.
We have previously welcomed high profile keynotes to talk about their own personal mental wealth including; Ruby Wax, Alastair Campbell, Hugh Grant, Grayson Perry, Johnny Benjamin MBE, Bryony Gordon, Ed Balls and Prof. Paul Dolan of the LSE. We are proud to have been supported by MIND, Rethink and Samaritans.
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Mental Wealth Festival 2019 >