Getahead Virtual Festival

On Friday 17 April, Getahead will be launching their first all day virtual mental health and wellbeing festival. It will be accessible to anyone with an internet connection and will be streaming from 10am – 5pm encompassing their three pillars of health, development and fun.

In 2018 Getahead launched with a mission to positively impact a billion people in the next 25 years, to prevent burnout in our ever-increasing stressful world. Starting with a 24-hour annual event that focuses on wellness and personal development, they are creating a community where they bring together organisations, charities and people from within the health and wellness sphere to raise awareness about the importance of mental health, personal well being and talking. In previous years they have partnered with the likes of Help Musicians, Ch4/4Mind, Nightline Association and this year they have already announced a new partnership with Speakers Collective, with many more still to be announced.

The festival will be available through their YouTube channel and guests will be able to sign up for a free ticket and access through Dice

The aim of the festival is to bring some fun, a little light relief but also some important life skills for coping with working from home, conversations about coping with stress and mental health at this time and also a well deserved drink!

The festival will be split into three parts – Health in the morning, Development during the day and Fun early afternoon.  The morning will kick off with a workout class with Bodyweight D whowill be doing a simple workout class that the whole family can enjoy from toddlers to grandparents the main aim is just to move and they want you all involved.

Nutritionist Le’Nise Brothers will be running a session on ‘How to Build Your Mental Resilience with Diet and Lifestyle.’ She will also be talking about how to keep healthy during lockdown and ways to avoid the junk food cravings and the battle we’re all having with chocolate bars!

In the Development section there will be a talk from DJ and sleep scientist Tom Middleton on “Anxiety and Sleep. How to break the cycle.” Tom creates a lot of the music for the best selling app Calm and will be helping guests understand more about the effect of anxiety on sleep.

Chevy Rough will also be talking about critical thinking and how it is so important at this time. His session will be on “How to Unlock Energy, Focus and Clear Thinking for the Road Ahead”.

The festival will of course be rounded off with some fun and there will be a mindful drinking cocktail making session with Pritesh Mody from World of Zing. Guests can preorder cocktails from his website to be delivered in time for the festival.

Gethead is a not for profit organisation and all speakers and brand partners are giving their time and product for free to support the festival. Getahead has teamed up with State On Demand CBD Gummy Bears, TRIP CBD Canned Drinks, Real Kombucha and World of Zing bottled cocktails.

Founded in 2019 by Jenni Cochrane 2020 is set to be bigger than ever, she says ‘having worked in the music industry for years, burnout happens far too often. When I worked at AEI Group, we wanted to bring in a wellbeing programme that looked after employees, this turned into a massive passion project of mine that supported employees in the workplace and  I’m proud to say that it’s grown from strength to strength and we have some incredible performers and speakers lined up for 2020.’

They are hoping to hold a physical festival on Friday 11 September at Omeara in Southwark (owned by Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons) and focus will be on the three pillars that Getahead was built on: health (mental and physical), development (personal and professional) and fun (comedy, music, immersive well-being). Getahead believes that nobody should be alone or suffer in silence, tickets will be just £10 making them affordable and accessible to as many people as possible.

Guests will be able to discuss their experiences, their tips for managing stress and to meet like minded people in a safe space. Starting at 6am, the festival will be calling all early-risers to join them and get the endorphins flowing with the feel-good ravers, Morning Gloryville. Throughout the day there will be a series of talks from the likes of The Speakers Collective and panels and workshops focused on workplace wellbeing. For those looking to let off steam there will be fitness classes, meditation, comedy and live music and taking the party right back round until 6am with all the R&B and HipHop classics will be Omeara regulars, Holler Back.

Getahead is all about building healthy habits whilst also understanding that life is for living and having fun, they are focused on bringing balance back into people’s lives and to encourage people to be mindful of their mental health and wellbeing.