Mental health services

Mental health problems affect around one in four people in any given year – that’s around 36,000 people in North Somerset alone. These problems range from common conditions such as depression and anxiety to rarer problems like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Our mental health services are provided in partnership with Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health NHS Trust. Most people are referred to the services by their doctor.

The NHS also publishes advice if you are worried about your, or someone else’s, mental health.

Five ways to wellbeing

Our five ways to wellbeing leaflet suggests five things you can do each day to improve your overall happiness and wellbeing. The leaflet gives some examples of how you can practice the five ways to wellbeing:

  • connect
  • be active
  • take notice
  • learning
  • give

Every Mind Matters

Every Mind Matters is an NHS campaign focusing on protecting and improving people’s mental health.

Their website has useful tips on manging and improving your mental health and you can create your own Mind Plan. They also have advice on supporting children and young people.

The Samaritans

The Samaritans are a national charity offering support 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can also contact them if you’re worried about someone you know. They have a Weston-super-Mare and North Somerset branch.

We Are Aware

We Are Aware CIC are North Somerset based. They raise awareness about mental health, suicide prevention. They also run Peer Support, Walk and Talk groups and other activities to support mental health. You can find out more on their website and follow them on social media.

Pete's Dragons

Pete's Dragons is an award winning charity which specialises in postvention or suicide bereavement.

They run a monthly peer support group in Weston-super-Mare, on the first Tuesday of every month.

If you would like to find out more or go along to the group, please call Pete’s Dragons on 01395 277 780 or email There is also more information on their website.

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services offer support to help you help yourself. In North Somerset, Vita Health run the IAPT service on behalf of Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (BNSSGCCG).

North Somerset Wellbeing

North Somerset Wellbeing service is run by Second Step. Find out more about the services and support they can provide on their website.


Clarity, incorporating the North Somerset Independent Mental Health Network (NSIMHN), offers safe and confidential support, and aims to educate people about mental health and wellbeing.