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Join us for a Festival of Hope

21st September 2023

Festival of Hope, World Mental Health Day

Belfast Trust Health Improvement Team are hosting a Festival of Hope to mark World Mental Health Day on 10th October!

World Mental Health Day is about raising awareness of mental health and driving positive change for everyone’s mental health. It is also a chance to talk about mental health, how we need to look after it, and how important it is to get help if you are struggling.

The event will take place at 2 Royal Avenue in Belfast city centre from 10am to 5pm with a range of workshops and drop-in activities taking place throughout the day, all free of charge.

The workshops on offer will give you the chance to learn tips to improve wellbeing or try out an activity shown to improve mental health. Spaces are limited, so your place at a workshop must be booked in advance. The drop-in activities are open to anyone, come in and say hi!

Workshops taking place throughout the day are listed the table below.





Nature’s Prescription Learn how getting in touch with nature can improve your mental health. 10am – 11am Registration form
Self-compassion through movement Gentle movement, breathing and mindful awareness to help us nurture kindness towards ourselves. 11.30am – 12.30pm Registration form
Food and Mood Find out how what you eat affects how you feel and how to eat for better mental health. 1pm – 2pm Registration form
Zentangle Art Workshop A calm space for you to experiment and create your own zentangle artwork with pen and colour. 2.30pm – 3.30pm Registration form
Clay Creations Create your own keyring or coaster using leaves, flower, clay and paint. 4pm – 5pm Registration form


Drop in activity


Add your song to the Hope Playlist Tell us which song makes you feel hopeful and why. Your song choices will be added to our “Hope Playlist” that will be playing on the day. Read about other people’s song choices and be inspired!
Help Create our Giant Artwork Anyone will be welcome to contribute to an art piece on the theme of hope that will be created on the day. All materials will be provided.
Learn About Support Available Many of us experience difficulties with our mental health. You’ll be able to pick up information on services available across the City if you feel that you need help.
Explore Books that can Improve your Mental Health You’ll be able to browse a range of both fiction and non-fiction books that can improve your mental health at the Libraries NI information stand. You can also find out what’s on at your local library – a range of free events to promote wellbeing are run at Libraries across the City.

The workshops are suitable for people aged 16 or older, the drop in sessions on the day are suitable for people of all ages. The venue is dog friendly.

For any further information please contact the Health Improvement Team by their email: