Kat Leishman

As a fan of Bryony’s book and writing I had recently begun following her on Twitter when she posted asking if anyone would be interested in a regular meet up for people with mental health issues. Encouraged by the way Bryony spoke about her own mental health issues and the relaxed nature of the event I was keen to go – I attended my first Mental Health Mates walk in February 2016 and now lead the monthly Clapham Common walk. Not long after the first few walks, I (along with a few others) offered to help Bryony with the running of Mental Health Mates due to its growing popularity and attendee numbers. Since then we have established a social media presence (on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram), created Walk Leader Packs for potential volunteers and continued to help run Mental Health Mates on a daily basis.