‘Mad Pride: Circus of the Absurd!’ – In pictures

Bringing together people with lived experience of mental distress and their allies.

‘Mad Pride: Circus of the Absurd!’ – In pictures

By Jack Gough

A motley crew of artists, acrobats and musicians gathered at District in Liverpool on Saturday 21 April to celebrate ‘Mad Pride: Circus of the Absurd!’

Organised by Liverpool Mental Health Consortium, the event brought together people with lived experience of mental distress, survivors of mental health services and their allies. Originating in Toronto, Mad Pride seeks to reclaim terms such as ‘mad’ and ‘nutter’ from misuse. It aims to educate but, most of all celebrates and stands in solidarity with those who experience distress.

Visitors arrived in fancy dress and were treated to the Goldfrapp meets Half Man Half Biscuit sounds of Beija Flo (main image), plus a range of participative activities including juggling and hoola hooping.

Liverpool Mental Health Consortium was set up in 1995 by people with lived experience of mental distress who wanted to be listened to and understood by the people who designed, paid for and delivered mental health services, and who wanted a say in how those services responded to their needs.

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