The Big Mental Health Get Together

1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem each year. That could be a family member, a friend, a colleague, or it could be you.

By joining The Big Mental Health Get Together, and fundraising for us, you can join Mental Health UK in our mission to give everyone in the UK the tools they need to live their best possible life.

What is The Big Mental Health Get Together ? 

It’s a picnic in the park, or brunch with your friends. It’s a coffee and cake break with colleagues or a full blown party to celebrate being with loved ones again!

By organising a get together, you will give the people close to you a space to talk about mental health if they want to.

By raising money, you will empower people to better understand and maintain their mental health.

The Big Mental Health Get Together officially takes place on World Mental Health Day – 10 October…

…but you can hold your Get Together whenever you like. The important thing is to come together with others, be that family, friends or colleagues, to support and celebrate mental health.

Register now to download your digital pack.

This year we hope that everyone will be able to host their Big Mental Health Get Together in person and, if required, you can socially distance of course. You’ll still be able to host your event virtually if you wish or if the guidelines change. Register by clicking the blue button to the right and we’ll send you your digital fundraising pack.

Can I set up a Facebook event?

To create a private or public event:

  1. Click Events in the left menu of your News Feed
  2. Click Create Event in the top right
  3. Choose between a private or public event

If you’re creating a public event, you can set the event’s host as yourself or a page you manage. You’re not able to change the privacy settings once you’ve created the event.

  1. Fill in the event name, details, location and time

If you’re creating a public event, you can:

  • Add multiple dates and times
  • Select a category for your event
  • Add keywords about your event
  • Add a link to a ticketing website
  1. Click Create

You’ll be taken to your event where you can invite guests, upload photos, share posts and edit event details.

You can share your Big Get Together page with your guests at the same time, and watch the donations roll in ahead of your event.

Please follow all government guidelines on social distancing.

How do I raise money?

Depending on governments guidelines at the time you host your Big Get Together, it’s possible that your event could be inside, outside or online. You could set up a stall in your front garden and offer take away home bakes, host your friends in the garden for a BBQ, or even in the office kitchen for an indoor picnic. If restrictions come in again, you can have tea, coffee, cocktails and chats virtually!

Once you’ve signed up we’ll send you a link for your digital fundraising kit which will have printable assets to help you with promotion and fundraising, but here are just a couple of ideas to get you going…

At your Big Get together you could bake a delicious cake and ask for donations in return for a slice. Or what about hosting a quiz and asking people to donate to take part. Source a prize for the winner from a business (for example a voucher from Pizza Express, or a haircut from a local hairdresser).

The positive impact the group has had on me is huge. I don’t feel so isolated any more. If the support had not been available I would still be facing depression and loneliness, unable to look after myself and over-thinking things.

Amita, Rethink Mental Illness support group member

Raise money and have fun!

Read what some of our fundraisers have to say.

"I enjoyed seeing my fundraising increase on a weekly basis, the events that I organised pushed me out of my comfort zone, I talked to people about Mental Health in a way that I would never have done otherwise."

Louise Greenwood,
Lloyds Banking Group

"I was totally elated when I crossed the line and so glad I’d given it a go!"

Helen Taylor

"Mental Health UK was a friendly partner to have. I received lots of motivational encouragement via email which maybe doesn’t sound like much but knowing people are rooting for you really helps"

Richard Gray

Ready to get signed up?

Register for an event and you'll receive support every step of the way.

Register now

Contact us

If you have questions about any of our events or fundraising please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our friendly events team are happy to help!


What will my money go towards?

The money you raise makes a real impact on people’s lives. here are some of the things we spend event fundraising on.

Support groups

Our support groups can be a lifeline for those experiencing mental health problems.

Advice

Providing practical advice to help people better understand and manage their mental health.

Information

Creating easy-to-understand educational resources about mental health.