In the media

Since the first Mental Health Mates walk was held in February 2016, the peer support group has spread rapidly around the UK, and to other countries. We believe meeting other people with mental health issues, whilst taking part in light exercise, can make a huge difference to our wellbeing whilst reducing the stigma of having a mental health condition.

Our founder, Bryony Gordon, has spoken about MHM at many of the interviews for her mental health memoir, Mad Girl, as MHM is mentioned in the closing stages of the book. She’s written about MHM for the UK media, and has spoken about it on several podcasts. You may also know Bryony from her own mental health podcast, created for the Telegraph, called Mad World, which featured Prince Harry as its first guest.

Media appearances for Mental Health Mates peer support walking group including Grazia, Glamour, The Pool and the Daily Telegraph

You may recognise us from some of these.

As Seen In…

If you missed some of these national and international MHM articles and media interviews from Bryony and the team, here’s a selection:

  • Country and Town House magazine: Things to do in London (June 2019)
  • Hello magazine: Things to do in London (June 2019)
  • Grazia magazine: Walking away from depression (in print, June 2016)
  • Huffington Post UK: On coming out as a ‘Mad Girl’ and setting up a mental health peer support group (online, June 2016)
  • BBC London attends MHM in Clapham (TV, July 2016)
  • BBC News: Picture Perfect: How helpful is social media for our mental health? (online, August 2016)
  • Glamour magazine: The power of sharing your mental health issues (in print, August 2016 edition; online, April 2017)
  • Red magazine: In defence of oversharing (online, September 2016)
  • The Mirror: Luke Holland, MHM attendee, on his experience of a Clapham meetup (online, January 2017)
  • How I walked my way back to sanity (online, January 2017)
  • BBC Radio 5 Live Investigates (radio, February 2017)
  • What’s On: Dubai (February 2017)
  • The Telegraph: I walked my way back to sanity (in print and online, March 2017)
  • Huffington Post UK: Stormzy has the right to choose if and when he’s used as a poster boy for mental health (online, March 2017)
  • Happiful Magazine: Mental Health Mates Celebrates Two-Year Anniversary (in print and only, February 2108)
  • Metro: Beyond the therapy room: three activities that can contribute to good mental health (in print and online April 2018)
  • The Guardian: Bryony Gordon: ‘Embracing your flaws is the closest you get to perfection (in print and online, January 2019)

Bryony has also mentioned Mental Health Mates on TV programs such as Lorraine (ITV), This Morning (ITV), and Sky News (Sky).

To keep up to date with MHM TV appearances, check out our YouTube channel, where you’ll find media clips.

Podcast online media featuring Mental Health Mates: Ctrl Alt Delete, Scummy Mummies and the Spectator

Did you catch Bryony talking about MHM here?

As Heard In…

Bryony has spoken about Mental Health Mates on the following podcasts. To hear the relevant episodes, please click on the links below:

She has also been interviewed for radio by the likes of BBC Radio London, and LBC.

Bryony Gordon speaks about mental health at CLASP walk, BBC London and Lorraine

We have to talk about mental health if we want to break down the stigma. Credits: Bryony Gordon/CLASP, via Twitter.

Festivals and Talks

You may have heard Bryony talk about Mental Health Mates at one of the following events:

  • The Pool Rooftop Book Club (June 2016)
  • The Telegraph reader event (June 2016)
  • Hay Literary Festival (June 2016)
  • 5 x 15 talk (June 2016)
  • Grazia Collective: Overcome Your Creative Barriers (August 2016)
  • Glamour Pop-Up Shop: #thepositivityproject (January 2017)
  • Henley Literary Festival (October 2016)
  • Cheltenham Literary Festival (October 2016)
  • Dubai Literary Festival (March 2017)
  • Oxford Literary Festival (April 2017)
  • Cabinet Office employee talk (May 2017)
  • Linklaters employee talk (May 2017)
  • Walking Out of Darkness event talk with CLASP (May 2017)
  • Cheltenham Science Festival (June 2017)
  • Sidmouth Literary Festival (June 2017)

To book Bryony for a speaking engagement related to MHM and Mad Girl, please contact her agent, James Carroll, at PFD. Email or call 020 7344 1000.

Mental Health Mates Speakers for Events or Media Coverage

Members of the Mental Health Mates admin team are also available to speak at events which raise awareness of mental health issues, peer support and moderate exercise for wellbeing. For example, in August 2017, one of our Social Media managers, Denean, spoke at the Wandsworth Carers Centre during an event for carers of adults living with mental illness. Denean runs our Twitter account, which currently has over 3,600 followers.

In December 2017, Leeds walk leader Kate was interviewed, along with walk attendees, for BBC Look North. The resulting TV coverage showed the impact the walking group has had on Kate and other group members, and it led to many new sign-ups from people who’d missed our previous walks. We’re committed to delivering coverage like this, reaching even more of the local community.

To book other MHM volunteers for a speaking engagement, please email, putting ‘MHM Speakers Wanted‘ in the subject line.

MHM in local media such as BBC Surrey, BBC Bristol and the Herts Advertiser

A glimpse of the local media coverage we’ve received, thanks to our walk leaders.

Local Press and Media Featuring Mental Health Mates

Our volunteer walk leaders are also featured in many local publications and media outlets, raising awareness of nearby meetups. These have included the Herts Advertiser, BBC Radio Bristol with Dr. Phil Hammond, and BBC Radio Surrey.

  • BBC Radio Bristol: Dr. Phil Hammond interviews Clare about MHM in Bristol (November 2016)
  • BBC Radio Surrey: James Cannon interviews Polly about MHM in Guildford (February 2017)
  • Bedford Today: Mental Health Mates launching in Bedford (online, March 2017)
  • Bedford Clanger: Mental Health Mates meet (online, March 2017)
  • Herts Advertiser: Walks in St Albans and Harpenden for mental health issues (online, March 2017)
  • SR News: Bryony Gordon says, “It’s completely normal to feel weird” (online, March 2017)
  • Ipswich Star: Claydon teacher hopes Ipswich mental health group could be a ‘lifeline’ for sufferers (online, May 2017)
  • Watford Observer: Mental Health Mates comes to Rickmansworth (online, August 2017)
  • BBC News – Leeds and West Yorkshire: Leeds walking group to aid mental health issues (online and broadcast on local BBC News, December 2017)
  • Newbury Today: Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem (online October 2018)
  • Gef The Mongoose: Roisin launches Mental Health Mates (online January 2019)
  • Daventry Radio: Mental Health Mates Daventry (February 2019)
  • Evening Telegraph: Dundee mates will be walking and talking their way to better mental health (in print and online, March 2019)

If you’re a local newspaper, magazine or website, and you’d like to profile an upcoming MHM walk near you, please email, putting ‘MHM Local Media Appearance‘ in the subject line.