Mental Health Awareness Week 2023 – What’s going on at Derbyshire Mind?

5 May 2023

Mental Health Awareness Week 2023 takes place from the 15th to 21st May 2023 and the theme this year is “Anxiety”

Derbyshire Mind have lots of wellbeing activities you can join in for free that will help boost your mood and support you with your anxiety.

Check out what we are up to below, and you will find all the links for you to book your free place on the activities or events of your choice.


Monday – Ribbon Weaving at Mindful Crafts

Time: 1.00 – 3pm

Location: The Quad , Market Place Cathedral Quarter, Derby DE1 3AS

With: Mandy McKirdy and Derby Quad

Join us for our popular Mindful Crafts group with artist Mandy Mckirdy for a relaxed and creative session.

Mandy will be leading a creative session of ribbon weaving wall hangings as well as starting the session with some mindfulness to ease anxiety and be in the present.

Mindful Crafts is our friendly and relaxed craft activity group that provides a wonderfully calm and supportive community in which we have a go at fun, new creative activities and improve our confidence and self esteem along the way.

To find out more and book your free place:


Thursday – Finding Calm in Nature at Green Connections

Time: 10 – 3pm

Location: Whistlewood Common, Melbourne, Derby DE73 8DH

With: Anne Bramley and Wellness Without Walls

Spend a peaceful and enjoyable day surrounded by nature and trees at the beautiful Whistlewood Common, a community site near Melbourne in South Derbyshire, to see how nature benefits your mental wellbeing.

The focus for this session is on ‘Finding Calm in Nature’. Anne will offer forest bathing and forest therapy invitations and activities which will support opportunities for self-care during the sessions. ‘Campfire Conversations’ time will enable participants to connect with nature and other participants.

To find out more and book your free place:


Thursday – Supported Self Help Drop In Morning

Time: 10.30 till 12pm

Location: Riverside Library, Council House, Corporation St, Derby DE1 2FS

With: Mental Health practitioners Jamie and Beth

Our Supported Self Help team will be at the Riverside library on Thursday. Pop in and have a chat with our team and find out more about the services we offer.

Supported Self Help is a short-term guided self help programme that empowers you to discover tools that support and improve your mental health.

 No need to book just drop in.

To find out more about Supported Self Help :


Friday – MindSpace Anxiety Walk and Talk

Time: 10.30 – 12pm

Location: Markeaton Park. Meet at the Model Railway Building by the Main Car Park (DE22 3BG).

With: Our friendly MindSpace volunteers

Struggling with how you’re feeling? Need someone to just listen and not try to ‘fix’? MindSpace is here to listen to you – come and walk with us.

MindSpace community meetups are informal community walks in local parks. They are perfectly unstructured so that they can flex to suit whatever the group needs or wants on the walk that week. Sometimes we will just walk and talk, sometimes we might stop for a coffee in the local café, sometimes the conversation will be centered around a particular topic that someone has raised.

No need to book, just turn up.

To find out more about MindSpace:


Friday – Anxiety Online Webinar  

Time: 11 – 12pm

Location: Online – Microsoft Teams

With: Mental Health practitioners Jamie and Beth

Join our mental Health practitioners Jamie and Beth for an online webinar around Anxiety.

Our Derbyshire Mind Mental Health practitioners will be exploring psycho-education, personal experiences, strategies and there will be opportunity to join in exercises during the session. There will be some relaxation and mindfulness activities too.

To find out more and book your free place: