Living and feeling better can start with a simple step-connecting. Health Connections Mendip is provided by your Mendip GP practices to improve your health and wellbeing.
A fun opportunity to get out in nature, get fit, meet new people, take part in practical conservation, and grow local food with a new social enterprise, Frome Field 2 Fork.
Sundays 2pm in Frome.
No experience is necessary, guidance is provided and all questions are welcomed! Work at your own pace in a relaxed environment and choose between activities suited to all levels of fitness. Typical activities include sowing seeds, planting, weeding or pruning, creating no-dig veg beds, digging up brambles, constructing new garden features, hedgerow harvesting and building bug hotels.
Please call the number below for more information.
The Somerset Nature Connections project aims to tackle some of the barriers that prevent people experiencing the health and wellbeing benefits of Somerset’s spectacular natural environment. Somerset Nature Connections will help people to access these natural spaces, with a focus on supporting mental wellbeing and physical activity.
Funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, the partnership project with the Somerset Wildlife Trust, Mendip Hills, Quantock Hills and Blackdown Hills AONBs (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) will support local communities and individuals most vulnerable to mental health issues, providing better access to nature spaces to encourage and increase self-management for individuals, and develop a network of skilled volunteers who can support communities for the longer term.
Each year, Somerset Nature Connections will run six, 18-week programmes, delivered in 6-week blocks. People experiencing mental health issues will be referred by health and wellbeing partners or self-refer.
Each week, participants will attend for half a day, benefitting from practical, outdoor activities, including conservation tasks, wildlife walks and natural crafts, adapted to the needs of each group. Participants will work together in small groups, for mutual support and to enable longer-term relationships to develop. Each 18-week programme will have 6 attendees (obviously Covid-19 dependant). Courses will incorporate the 5 Ways to Wellbeing (be active, take notice, connect, keep learning, give), as well as the 5 pathways to nature connectedness (contact/senses, beauty, emotion, compassion, meaning).
Sedgmoor and Mendip areas. Support available face to face (1:1), on the telephone or via Zoom.
If you are 18 years or over and are going through a particularly difficult time and you feel you need some extra support, the crisis provision may be able to help you. We can support you with: Emotional distress, Anxiety, Depression, Social isolation, Low mood, Poor sleep or any identified areas you may have.
The service is available: 1800 – 23:00: (you come to us)
Friday – Glastonbury & Bridgwater
Saturday – Shepton Mallet & Bridgwater
Sunday – Wells & Bridgwater
Introductions to our service can be made via Mindline (01823 276 892) or from your GP or health professional – ask for a Crisis Safe Space support appointment
Or contact us on the email address below.
These Zoom online sessions are available to anyone over 18 and living in Mendip, providing a relaxed, safe and supportive environment to explore ways to stay well. Each session will include information on specific topics, time for discussion relating to the topics covered and more generally an opportunity to meet and speak with others in the community.
Managing Stress and Anxiety: Mondays 10.30am – 12.30pm via Zoom
How to Support your Own Wellbeing: Mondays 2pm – 4pm via Zoom
Coping with Change: Wednesdays 10.30pm – 12.30pm via Zoom
Shared Reading and Self-Care: Tuesdays 2pm – 3.30pm via Zoom
Go to the link below for more information and to sign up.
Free online courses to help people living in the South West to cope with life in lockdown.
Managing long-term physical or mental illness can be stressful, tiring and lonely. On this FREE 6 week course you can meet others in the same situation, learn how to cope better, feel more in control and be more resilient.
Course start every month from 2nd February 2021. You can complete the course at your own pace, with support from training facilitators.
Zoom online courses run over 16 weeks for people with low to moderate mental heath difficulties. These are small group sessions to help you find your own potential and resources to support your own wellbeing.
Improve your self confidence, Empower you to take responsibility for your own wellbeing, Elevate mood and reduce feelings of isolation, Explore the concept of “inner blue sky” and improve resilience, Create relationships with your peers and gain understanding, Have a safe environment to talk openly about your mental health.
To register please call the number below to be assigned a peer contact volunteer who will keep in touch with you until the course starts.
Somerset Wellbeing Friends groups focus on tackling loneliness, improving life skills and promoting coping strategies. This service is for adults who feel isolated or are struggling with their mental health and wellbeing.
Online – Every Tuesday 11:30-13:00. Contact Leanne.email@example.com for information on how to join.
*Covid update: courses currently running online*
Chard WATCH supports isolated adults needing support. Anyone that joins the project can become a member and contribute to running the organisation. The organisation helps people to fulfil their potential through workshops and activities like: art, reading, drama, personal awareness courses, IT, and most importantly peer relationships.
Members say that WATCH improves their confidence, makes them feel empowered, has introduced them to new friends and enabled them to take their own positive steps.
Resources for children and young people with physical, mental and emotional health needs.
Mental health organisations have come together to provide 24/7 support to adults in Somerset. Whatever is worrying you – anxiety, debt, employment, housing, low mood, addiction -we’re here to help. We can support you to live a full life by enabling access to specialist mental health services, housing support, debt and employment advice, volunteering opportunities, community activities and exercise.
Creativity Works offers an opportunity to learn some creative skills, make new friends and is suitable for people who are in the process of recovery from ongoing mental health challenges, anxiety or depression, to help build confidence, learn new skills and make friends.
The courses available will encourage people to have a focus, participate creatively with professional artists, and meet like-minded individuals in a safe and supportive environment. To see free courses on offer please go to our website, link below. Courses are currently offered online using Zoom for people living in Mendip.
The Revive Sports Programme gives people aged 18+, who are undertaking their journey to recovery from drug and alcohol addiction (or other mental health challenges), the chance to get active and enjoy some new physical activity experiences. It is also suitable for those who are temporarily sober or drug free to participate in. To join there’s a simple nomination form for the participants to fill out. This can be done in advance or completed on the day of joining. Call Gareth John on the number below to find out how to take part.
Covid Pandemic update- 1-2-1 meetings are now over the phone or video call. Virtual Hubs are available on Young Somerset Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram accounts. Youth workers are available at various time for ‘Fancy a Chat’ with full timetable here https://www.youngsomerset.org.uk/the-hubs
Young Somerset is the largest youth work charity in Somerset and our mission is to put young people first. Our aim is to work with young people, encouraging them to take responsibility for themselves and become actively involved in shaping the communities in which they live. Young Somerset works to achieve social and economic outcomes with young people, through the delivery of measurable outputs and outcomes. We employ Wellbeing Practitioners that offer low-level mental health support, through cognitive behavioural therapies (CBT), to young people in Somerset.
The Somerset Recovery College offers opportunities to learn about mental health and recovery by providing a unique curriculum designed to increase your knowledge, understanding and skills to equip you with the tools to live a meaningful, productive and fulfilling life.
Our courses are for the benefit of people who wish to learn to live well, for their family and friends and for the professionals who support them. We do not take referrals from clinicians and our students do not have to be using mental health services to access any of our courses.
All our courses are free and are listed on our website. They take places across Somerset.
COVID-19 Update: Please note due to current coronavirus restrictions this service may be affected. Please check with the service provider.
Windsor Hill Wood is a small family based woodland community close to Shepton Mallet. The project offers refuge to people who are finding life difficult and may be experiencing depression or addiction issues. Some have been homeless; others have lost confidence and need respite to regain self worth, learn new skills and feel able to contribute to the community and the wider world. As a Christian home offering hospitality, part of rhythm of life includes the opportunity to pray silently together twice a day in a small chapel – however attendance is optional. Please get in touch using the details below if you or someone you know could benefit from staying at Windsor Hill Wood.
Windsor Hill Wood is also running a ‘Woods for Wellbeing’ adult support group starting Wednesday 27th January for 10 weeks, from 1.30pm – 4.30pm. Located in a woodland setting, the group will be completely outdoors, providing activities for adults seeking support in these tough times. It will be a space to relax, improve wellbeing and mental health, as well as learn some practical skills, such as basic green woodworking, whittling, bush craft skills and natural crafts. These sessions are especially for people who are struggling due to lockdown restrictions, with mild to moderate depression, anxiety or stress, or social isolation.
COVID-19 Update: Please note due to current coronavirus restrictions this service may be affected. Please check with the service provider.
Wild Roots – Baltonsborough, BA6 8PQ
Open to anyone who would like to improve their wellbeing through growing and learning outdoor skills. The main emphasis is on growing but other interests are explored including woodland management during the winter and small-holding skills. Open on Mondays and Thursdays from 9:30am – 2:30pm. The project also welcomes volunteers, preferably those interested in gardening. Facilities are very basic – compost loo (no disabled access), shelter and camp fire. This group is open access and currently free – donations are welcome. There is a bus stop nearby (667 Street to Wincanton).
Wild Roots Wellbeing Days – Langport, TA10 0JD
These wellbeing days run on a regular basis and aim to improve the wellbeing of people of all ages through gentle physical activity, social connections, outdoor craft activities and learning skills in the vegetable and flower garden, with fresh produce for participants and volunteers to enjoy.
*Covid update – currently offering some 1:1 support. Call the usual numbers for more information*
This project aims to benefit people with learning disabilities and people who are isolated, elderly or vulnerable in the community. A gardening service, led by adults with learning disabilities will be available to people in the community who are unable to care for their gardens themselves.
The activities include: garden assessments – garden maintenance – garden waste disposal and some planting. Call the number below, leave your contact name and number and the jobs you would like done and the gardening team will call you back.
At the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust we produce booklets and posters on many aspects of mental health. These are free to download or order and include our Parent’s Guide to Depression. Mental health problems in children and young people, national and local organisations that offer guidance for parents leaflet Parents leaflet Somerset Printable version
StayingSafe.net offers compassion, kindness and easy ways to help keep people safer from thoughts of harm and suicide, seek support and discover hope of recovery through powerful videos from people with personal experience. The website provides vital ‘Safety Plan’ guidance tool, with easy to print / online templates and guidance video tutorials purposefully designed to help people through the process of writing their own Safety Plan to build hope, identify actions and strategies to resist suicidal thoughts and develop positive ways to cope with stress and emotional distress.
These have been cancelled due to the pandemic but you can always do this by yourself or with someone in your household do visit the NHS website below. Do call Health Connections to see when the group sessions are starting again in Frome.
*Covid update- Although our previous SANEline number cannot operate at the moment, you can leave a message on 07984 967 708 giving your first name and a contact number, and one of our professionals or senior volunteers will call you back as soon as practicable. You can also contact us, as before, through our Support Forum, Textcare and other services*
Sane runs a national, out of hours mental health helpline offering specialist emotional support and information to anyone affected by mental illness, including family, friends and carers. We are open every day of the year from 4.30pm – 10.30pm.
*Covid update: Somerset Mental Wellbeing Service is continuing to offer its one to one and group work via phone, email, text and Zoom.
The SMWS aims to support individuals across Somerset to improve and maintain their mental wellbeing through access to community resources and opportunities.
Wellbeing Navigators work with people experiencing mild-moderate mental health problems on a one to one basis to identify, create and implement their own Wellbeing and Recovery Plans. The service also runs self-management workshops, and peer support workshops / groups.
HOPELineUK is a confidential support and advice service for young people under the age of 35 who may be having thoughts of suicide or anyone concerned a young person may be having thoughts of suicide.
Opening hours are 9am-10pm weekdays, 2pm-10pm weekends, and 2pm-10pm Bank Holidays.
Youth Matters is for young people aged up to 25 who are living with mental health distress in Mendip. You can be referred to us by someone else or refer yourself by calling the office or emailing.
It offers practical advice, interactive tools, videos and audio guides to help you feel mentally and emotionally better.
Somerset Partnership have produced self help information leaflets on a number of topics. See link below to their website where you can find their leaflets on topics such as anxiety, anger, depression, low mood, eating disorders, OCD, panic, self harm, shyness and social anxiety and stress.
*Covid pandemic update- Face to Face services are not running but all branches can be contacted on 0330 0945717*
Talk to us any time you like, in your own way, and off the record about whatever’s getting to you. You don’t have to be suicidal. We know a lot about what can help you through tough times. We can help you explore your options, understand your problems better, or just be there to listen.
It doesn’t matter who you are, how you feel, or what has happened. If you feel that things are getting to you, get in touch. We’re here 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Local branches have different opening hours for face to face support. Find your local branches and numbers below
Yeovil: 25 The Park, Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 1DG
Bath and District: 25 Windsor Castle, Upper Bristol Road, Bath, BA1 3DH
Taunton and Somerset: 16 Wood Street, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 1UN
Bristol: 37 St Nicholas Street, Bristol, BS1 1TP
Call or check website for hours open to receive callers at the door.
We offer a wide range of treatments for adults 18 years of age and over who are registered with a GP surgery in the Somerset area, in a variety of different ways, so that we can help as many people as possible access talking therapies. Our aim is that our therapies should intrude as little as possible in your everyday life, but still have the best chance of delivering positive outcomes for you.
If you are 18 years or over and registered at a GP surgery in Somerset, there are a number of ways you can refer yourself to Talking Therapies:
– Go to the Talking Therapies website and Click here to complete the secure online self-referral form.
– If you have access to a printer you can print and complete this self referral form and return it to us via the freepost address: Freepost RTRE-UJCG-XXZG, Referral Coordinator, Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Pearl House, Church Street, Bridgwater, TA6 5AT
– Pick up a self-referral form from your GP surgery or your Community Hospital, complete this and post it back to us (Freepost).
– Speak to your GP who can refer you directly to us.
– If you are already receiving treatment through Somerset Partnership you can speak to your Health Professional who can refer you to us for an Emotional Health Check.
– Call 0300 323 00 33 To book yourself in for an Emotional Health Check with one of our team.
Carers of people with mental health problems (this includes dementia) who are registered as a patient/client with Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust can request a carers’ assessment and access specialist carers’ services and ongoing support provided by the Trust.
This service supports unpaid carers and family members to ensure that they feel valued and supported, empowering them to begin to take control of their lives. We provide a comprehensive range of services for carers which include Carers Assessment Workers, Carers Employment Support Officer, Carers Education Courses, Carers Support Groups, Carers Website, Carers Newsletter, Carers Info Packs, Carers Participation Group, Information and Advice about Carers Breaks and Carers emergency cards. Carers can be referred or self-refer for a Carers Assessment providing the person that they support is registered with Somerset Partnership. Contact – Caroline Mead, The Bridge, Glastonbury Road, Wells, BA5 1TJ
Mind Line Somerset is a confidential listening service giving a safe place to talk if you, or someone you know, is in distress. We can also give basic information about mental health and local services. Opening times Wednesday, Friday – Sunday 8.00pm – 12.00 midnight. When our lines are busy, or closed, our switchboard can connect you to our sister service, Wand (0808 800 0312) or the Samaritans.
MindEd is a free educational resource for all adults on children and young people’s mental health.
This area of the Somerset Children and Young People’s Health & Wellbeing website provides support to schools, colleges and Somerset ‘getset’ services about mental health and emotional health & wellbeing. It brings together key information and recommended websites for staff working with children and young people in Somerset.
*Covid update-Face to face groups are on hold but Zoom meetings are being held. For more information see the Bipolar Website https://www.bipolaruk.org/Blog/update-regarding-our-peer-support-group*
Wells Bipolar Support Group belongs to the national network of local groups run by Bipolar UK. Bipolar UK support groups offer: Peer support through group discussion, useful information, social activities and guidance on managing mood swings. Group meetings are friendly, confidential and informal. They are open to all individuals affected by bipolar, including those with a diagnosis, those pre- diagnosis, their family members, friends and carers. The group meets on: First Thursday of every month, 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Wells Town Hall, East Room, Wells Market Place.
For thousands of years, meditators have claimed many benefits for their practice. Our experience, and that of Headspace members, suggests that regular mindfulness practice, through meditation, is an effective treatment for stress, worry, lack of focus, relationship problems, addictions and more. Please access the website for more information.
*Covid pandemic update-Telephone helpline is running as well as weekly online OCD support groups*
OCD UK is the leading national charity, independently working with and for almost one million children and adults whose lives are affected by Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). OCD typically falls into four categories Checking, Contamination / Mental Contamination, Hoarding, Ruminations / Intrusive Thoughts.
Heads Up works with individuals affected by mental health issues and other difficulties, in order to help them towards recovery, increased independence and/or greater well-being and quality of life. We offer a variety of courses, classes and therapies to help you on the road to recovery and independence.
Wells – Upper Breach, South Horrington, Wells, BA5 3QG.
*COVID update. Meetings aren’t happening at the moment but support is available on the phone, via email, Facebook or on the website.*
Come along and meet the members of your nearest group for a chat, cup of team and a friendly face. Find us on Facebook.com/FromeandmidsomernortonPandasSupportGroup
Meetings take place on the first Monday of the month in 1-2.30pm in Frome at the Key Centre, Feltham Lane Frome. Second Tuesday of the month in 10-11.30am at Hush- A – Byes in Midsomer Norton. Please contact for more details.
Offers pastoral support and practical help to anyone in the farming community (currently or retired) when they are facing challenges and tough times. All volunteers have a farming background and are trained to listen confidentially and without judgement, for as long as it takes to resolve difficult issues