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 are a Community Interest Company based in North Somerset who raise awareness about mental health, suicide prevention. You can find out more on their website and follow them on social media.

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

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.

Carlton Centre

The Carlton Centre in Weston offers training and classes which can help with employment, volunteering and leisure activities, mostly aimed at adults who aren’t working or who are in recovery from mental illness or substance misuse.