BIMM Institute partners with mental health festival Getahead

9 February, 2021

BIMM Institute has been named an official partner of Getahead Festival: the world’s first 24-hour mental health and well-being festival. On 4th June 2021, speakers, coaches and industry experts will gather in Omeara, London, for a day designed to boost your well-being and equip you with the necessary tools to get to grips with your mental health.

In a year when we could all do with a hug, Getahead Festival is creating a safe space to approach your own mental health. The festival encourages you to forget everything you know about mental health sessions; this is different. There is everything from dance workouts to therapy puppies to a sober rave – the festival aims to make well-being fun and accessible for everyone.

Getahead: a Festival for Mental Health

Approximately 10 million people across the UK will need mental health support because of the coronavirus pandemic. Waiting list times are soaring, and some people are being denied access to mental health services, leaving them feeling the impact of isolation, grief and financial stress. Getahead Festival aims to support communities, offering a place where talking about difficult subjects is allowed and encouraged, whilst reminding us that life should also be about thriving in times of coping.

This year’s festival will address pressing concerns, including financial well-being, mindful drinking, suicide awareness, and thriving in the workplace. The day doesn’t just tackle these difficult subjects; it’ll also be injected with fun. Cuddle Club’s adorable pups will be on hand for some furry therapy and Morning Gloryville will be hosting one of their iconic sober raves. The evening will be a chance to let loose, with stand-up comedy followed by a club night until 6 am.

BIMM students will be given the chance to get involved with the festival, including performances as well as work experience opportunities, not only in the lead up to the event itself but also, on-the-day jobs such as stage management and artist liaison roles.

“Getahead Festival will be bringing communities together in person on a 24-hour journey of health, development and fun.”

Jenni Cochrane, CEO and Co-Founder of Getahead Festival, said:

“After a year away, we are so excited that Getahead Festival is returning in 2021. We may have a vaccine for the pandemic, but there is no vaccine for the mental health crisis we’re facing. It fills me with joy that Getahead Festival will be bringing communities together in person on a 24-hour journey of health, development and fun.”


You can sign up for your ticket here. If you need mental health advice or support, please do not hesitate to speak to our Student Support team.

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