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.
*Covid update-Face to face groups are on hold but Zoom meetings are being held. For more information visit the website link below*
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.
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.
Working with Somerset Skills and Learning & Somerset Mental health service they also offer free peer support courses.
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.
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
Couch to 5K is a 9 week running plan for beginners. Health Connections Mendip will be holding a face-to-face group in the future but for now do visit the NHS website or download the Couch to 5K app to get started. If you’d like to go on our list for future couch to 5K groups please call or email using the details below.
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.
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
Heads Up work with individuals affected by mental health issues and other difficulties, in order to help them towards recovery, greater well-being and quality of life. They offer a variety of courses, classes and therapies.
For more information give Heads Up a call, office times are Monday – Friday 9am-4pm.
Wells – Upper Breach, South Horrington, Wells, BA5 3QG
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.
Creative group using nature-based arts, walks and mediation.
Every Monday 1pm-2.30pm at The Art Bank, Shepton Mallet, BA4 5AA. £2 per session, contact Kate to book a space. These are private sessions when the venue is closed.
Mind in Somerset offer a range of peer support, art and gardening type groups across Somerset. Visit their website to find the closest one to you. They also offer an online self-care focused support group.
Mind Somerset offers a range of services for under 25 year olds. You can find out more about these services by clicking the website link below. Young people can be referred by someone else or self refer by calling the office or emailing.
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.
MindEd is a free educational resource for all adults on children and young people’s mental health.
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.
Mindline Somerset – 24 hours a day, seven days a week emotional support helpline.
It offers practical advice, interactive tools, videos and audio guides to help you feel mentally and emotionally better.
*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.
COVID-19 Update: Please note due to current coronavirus restrictions this service may be affected. Please check with the service provider.
Crisis Safe Space is an out-of-hours service provided by our partners Mind in Somerset and Second Step for anyone who feels like they are really struggling with their mental health. Instead of going to A&E, making an urgent doctor’s appointment, or suffering in silence, you can arrange a one-to-one session with a member of the Crisis Safe Space, who will be willing to listen and be able to help you. Sessions are being held either face-to-face or virtually depending on the location.
Currently (March 2022) in Mendip sessions are offered virtually Monday- Sunday 6pm-11pm
Open Mental Health is an alliance of local voluntary organisations, the NHS and social care, Somerset County Council, and individuals with lived experience of mental health. Working together to improve the way people in Somerset receive support with their mental health by providing access to a number of specialist services including NHS support, housing advice, debt and employment advice, volunteering opportunities, community activities, peer support and local exercise groups. We want to ensure that people in Somerset get the right support when they need it most.
PANDAS is community offering peer-to-peer support to parents. They offer a free 7 days a week helpline, email support, Social media groups, Information and face-to-face support groups. The Frome PANDAS group is currently not running face to face.
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 – Midnight everyday
Whatever you’re going through, call free any time, from any phone, on 116 123. They are there 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Samaritans are not just for moments of crisis, but for taking action to prevent the crisis.
Branch visits are suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak.
*Covid update March 2022- 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 over 18 affected by mental illness, including family, friends and carers.
Shout 85258 is a free, confidential, 24/7 text messaging support service for anyone who is struggling to cope. We have conversations with people who are anxious, stressed, depressed, suicidal or overwhelmed and who need immediate support.
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: 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.
Free 6-week nature and wellbeing courses with a focus on supporting mental wellbeing and physical activity. The course explores the 5 Pathways to Nature Connectedness; these are: contact, beauty, emotion, compassion and meaning.
The Somerset Wellbeing and 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.
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.
Talking Therapies 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. Talking Therapies is for people experiencing mild to moderate depression, general anxiety and worry, panic attacks, social anxiety, traumatic memories , obsessive compulsive disorder and adjustment to living with a long term physical health condition. 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: visit the their website or call for more information.
Due to the pandemic services are being provided over the telephone and skype.
*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.
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.
Mells Walled Garden off the following groups to residents of Frome, Shepton Mallet and surrounding villages.
Monday 10-1.00pm: Emotional Wellbeing Though Gardening:
Friday 10-12.00: Grow with Us:
Open to a mixed age group with light and gentle gardening and growing activities adaptive to physical challenges. The session has a strong socialising component to it with tea and cake.
The Growing for Wellbeing Project is a small weekly group that welcomes people who want to get outdoors and learn new skills. Our main emphasis is on horticulture and rural craft activities. We have a large productive growing space, polytunnel and cut flower/healing garden. We are in a beautiful rural location easily accessible by public transport. We can cater for any weather with large areas under cover. We also have a composting toilet, handwashing facilities and provide simple refreshments.
Whether you need an excuse to get out of the house, want to dip your toe into being around other people again or just enjoy being outdoors we might be what you’re looking for. It’s not all digging and hard work, there are lots of more sedate and seated activities and jobs if these suit you better.
Mondays 10.30-1pm, Catsham, Baltonsborough.
Please use to the contact information below to book.
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.
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. They employ Wellbeing Practitioners that offer low-level mental health support, through cognitive behavioural therapies (CBT), to young people in Somerset.