COVID 19 Update: Due to the current COVID 19 situation it is likely that many of the face to face organisations and services listed across our website are suspended. Please call to check first.
Do you want to find groups and support in the community that might help you improve your health and wellbeing? You can find lots of local support from charities to social groups in the Health Connections Mendip Directory.
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.
From Tuesday 27th October 2020, Chard WATCH, in conjunction with Somerset Skills and Learning, is providing a FREE 5 Week Futures Bright Course to adults who wish to support their mental wellbeing by engaging in learning. Those enrolling will need to have access to a computer/laptop for the Zoom sessions, need to be resident in Somerset and be 18+ years of age.
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.
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.
The Somerset Wellbeing and Learning Community 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.
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.
*Covid pandemic update- Currently suspended*
For more information visit www.runtogether.co.uk or contact Health Connections
*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.
*Covid update- HopeLine remains open as usual.*
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:
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