The ground-breaking Mental Wealth Festival returns to London for a second year, with many events celebrating the wellbeing of people with learning disabilities.
The 2016 Festival has several events in Parliament on Tuesday 13 September, with the main festival at City Lit in Covent Garden from Wednesday 14 September to Thursday 15 September. The three-day event looks at how mental health is perceived and celebrated in our communities and how our ‘mental wealth’ is affected by the arts, culture, the media, faith and politics. Baroness Sheila Hollins, Prof Barry Carpenter, Mark Goodman, and the girls from Limpsfield Grange School are just some of the contributors who will explore and celebrate the mental wealth of people with leaning disabilities and autism.
Other talks and contributions by comedian and mental wellbeing activist Ruby Wax, film star and campaigner Hugh Grant, writer and communicator Alastair Campbell and authors Paul Dolan and Toby Litt. Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor will reflect on spirituality and wellbeing and ‘Mental Health and Homelessness’ will be explored by Lord John Bird, co-founder of The Big Issue. A host of other events focusing on the arts, young people and people with learning disabilities, plus discussions on money and self-perception add up to nearly 50 individual events, with more added daily.