Mental Health & Wellbeing
This area of the website has been created so that visitors can access information and resources from specialist organisations that could help improve your mental health and wellbeing.
Healthwatch North Somerset is conducting an online survey to evaluate Community Mental Health Services.
COVID-19 pandemic has had a great impact on people’s mental health. However, those with pre-existing mental illnesses have been hardest hit by both the restrictions due to lockdown and the changes to their formal mental health support services.
That's why Healthwatch would like to hear from residents in North Somerset with existing mental health problems about the challenges they have faced since lockdown in March 2020. Healthwatch are especially interested in people’s experiences when they seek support and help from the Community Mental Health Services.
The questions have come out of a group discussion we had with people who have lived experience of mental health. During the discussion people told us their personal experiences, which helped Healthwatch to identify the main areas where care and support provided by mental healthcare services are essential during a pandemic.
To take part in the survey please follow this link:
Deadline for survey: 30 October 2020 at 1700 hours
FREE Mental Health Connect 5 Sessions are offered to people working or volunteering in North Somerset. The training is funded by North Somerset Council either through the Public Health Grant or external funding awarded through NHS England in 2019/20.
Places on a course are usually awarded on a first come first served basis.
Participants must attend all three modules which are bookable via the North Somerset Council, Public Mental Health Training Team on Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/public-mental-health-training-team-26311555585
The dates for the next sessions are:
9.15 – 12.30 each day
Mon 21 Oct - Module 1, Mon 28 Oct – Module 2, Weds 4 Nov – Module 3
9.15 – 12.30 each day
Mon 9 Nov - Module 1, Mon 16 Nov – Module 2, Mon 12 Nov – Module 3
1.15 – 4.30 each day
Tue 1 Dec – Module 1, Tue 8 Dec – Module 2, Tue 15 Dec – Module 3
New service available from Richmond Fellowship. They are now taking referrals for their Employment Service in North Somerset, supporting mental health needs in searching for and staying in employment. Clients can self refer or be referred by a third party.
Referrals contacts are:
Bristol Office telephone: 0117 9232741
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A new support programme from the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) in partnership with local authorities is offering employers help to respond to mental health concerns in the workplace. The programme aims to help create mentally healthy workplaces and is aimed at small to medium enterprises (maximum headcount of 250 employees).
To access the programme and further information, go to WECA's West of England Growth Hub Website.
The package of support offers mental health and wellbeing training and resources aimed at businesses and staff, including:
· Free e-Learning 'Managing Mental Health at Work' course for managers.
· Guidance for business leaders to adopt the Mental Health at Work Commitment and implement Mental Health At Work Core Standards.
· Support to create wellness action plans using templates developed by Mind
· Free suicide prevention training
· Toolkits and resources shared by employers including local businesses involved in Thrive Bristol
· Offers of peer support from businesses to help smaller companies learn from others’ experience of what works to improve mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.