Hundreds Descend on Mental Health Festival

Over 400 people attended the first ever, face-to-face Perth and Kinross Mental Health and Wellbeing Festival.

The free event, which took place at Perth Concert Hall on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 August 2022, followed its online debut last year.

The event, organised by Perth charity Trauma Healing Together, was opened by Kevin Stewart MSP, Scottish Government Minister for Mental Wellbeing and Social Care.


Kevin Stewart MSP and Roxanne Kerr. Credit: Kelly McIntyre Photography.

Roxanne Kerr, Founder of Trauma Healing Together said, “The Perth and Kinross Mental Health and Wellbeing Festival was a real success! Working with around 10 local agencies and charities working in mental health, we created a packed programme of workshops, activities and talks aimed at breaking down the barriers when it comes to mental health.

“Whether it was learning about the Walled Garden in Perth, the benefits of wild swimming or the therapeutic benefits of crafting and writing, there was something for everyone and we were thrilled to see over 400 people coming along from all walks of life, including those who just popped in on the day and wanted to find out more.

“We also started some really important conversations with individuals who were not quite sure who to approach locally, or what to do next, and we’re grateful to the people who reached out to us in this way and got the ball rolling around their own needs and situations. Although it was our first face-to-face festival, there’s no doubt that there’s a lot of untapped potential locally and the festival provided a platform to work on that, improve services and improve the accessibility and awareness of the help and support that’s out there.”

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Lost in Music: visitors enjoying the silent disco! Credit: Kelly McIntyre Photography

Perth and Kinross Mental Health and Wellbeing Festival was organised in conjunction with Mindspace, Linda’s Ladies, Workplace Chaplaincy Scotland, Stephen Lyon Organisation, PKAVs, Vitality Me and Plus Perth.

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