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Poetry competition

Image shows Joanna Scanlan and details for our poetry competition, Healing Words

The article below is about the mental health poetry competition we ran in 2019


Healing Words

Our poetry competition – Healing Words – invites anyone who has experienced mental health issues to share a poem. The competition is back for its second year, and we’ve received an incredible 621 entries.

Now the closing date has passed, our judges are busy reading all the entries. Actress Joanna Scanlan, and jazz musician Gill Manly, are amongst the six judges for the competition. You can meet all our judges here, and watch Joanna and Gill’s video introductions to Healing Words.


Exhibition and workshops, 2 & 3 October 2019

All the poems are being displayed in an exhibition at Paternoster Square on Wednesday 2 & Thursday 3 October (coinciding with National Poetry Day on 3 October). We’re also running 14 different workshops on creativity and wellbeing. The exhibition and workshops are open to everyone – book here and come along.


Creativity and mental health

Creativity is known to help people express themselves during the darkest days of their mental illness and throughout their recovery. It helps support self-understanding of mental health conditions.

We want to celebrate the recovery journey by sharing this creativity with a wider audience to help improve understanding, tolerance and respect of mental health problems.



If you’d like to make a donation to support this event please contact Saboohi Bukhari, Head of Business Development,


For more information

If you’d like more information on the competition, please contact Jo Kay on 020 8969 3000.



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