Mental Fight Club is a unique and innovative creative organisation that explores the journey through mental illness, onwards into recovery and new sustainable modes of mental well-being. It has built a creative and connecting community in Southwark, which draws together and inspires people from diverse backgrounds and mental experience. It does this in an open, non-threatening, engaging, enabling environment, which creates a culture of open dialogue and conversations -levelling for all who comes into contact with it.
MFC’s creative service is the provision of The Dragon Café, which is the UK’s first mental health café -opened in 2012 on Mondays in the crypt of St George the Martyr Church, Borough SE1 1JA.
The Dragon Café was set up by Mental Fight Club and is the UK’s first ‘mental health café’ and creative space. Based in the crypt of St George the Martyr’s Church in Borough High St, the user-led service is a weekly pop-up café with a packed programme of creative activities and events from salsa to Thai Chi; photography to poetry. All are welcome but the VIPs at The Dragon Café are those who are struggling through vulnerability, mental illness and recovery. Currently, one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. The cafe provides a social forum for creative expression beyond psychiatric labels and tackling social isolation and stigma over a cup of tea and a slice of carrot cake.
Open every Monday (but only on a Monday) from 12 midday to 8.30 pm. The Dragon Cafe provides a simple, affordable, healthy menu every week, and a wide range of creative and well-being activities, all of which are free and open to all.
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