Freedom of Mind festival emerged from a single conversation.
Two young people frustrated by mental health stigma and an increasing problem among peers wanted to do something different: to make mental health accessible for everyone, something to celebrate, and bring it into the light.
In 2016 the first Freedom of Mind festival took place, a week-long series of events around the Bristol area and since then has become an annual occurrence. The events are about encouraging conversations, educating each other, and creating change to reduce stigma and increase support regarding mental health.
Freedom of Mind believe that talking about mental health doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom, and in previous years have hosted panels, talks, performances, film screenings and more.