Mental health and wellbeing

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.

We’re supporting Every Mind Matters, an NHS campaign focusing on protecting and improving people’s mental health.

On this page there are useful links to help you take care of your own mental health and the mental health of others. You can also take the Every Mind Matters quiz to get your own mental health action plan:

Find out more on the NHS Every Mind Matters website:

Local services

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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 publish advice if you are worried about your, or someone else’s, mental health.

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 is a voluntary group based in North Somerset who promote positive mental health and raise awareness. You can follow them on social media:

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

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), offer safe and confidential support, and aim to educate people about mental health and wellbeing:

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:

Self-care

Lifestyle changes and self-care can help us manage our mental health. For example, being more active, staying connected with those around us, getting enough sleep, avoiding alcohol and eating healthier foods can all help.

Our sport and active lifestyle team aim help people across North Somerset to be more physically active. To find out more about getting active and what leisure activities are available locally go to our sport and physical activity pages:

Our Health Trainers provide a free service to adults living in Weston-super-Mare. They could help you eat healthier, exercise more, lose weight, stop smoking or reduce your alcohol consumption. They also offer some appointments in Clevedon:

Reading Well, a collection of self-help books, is available in our libraries. The books have been carefully chosen by medical professionals and by people living with the conditions to help people understand and manage their health and wellbeing using self-help reading.

Volunteering can be a great way of staying connected to the world around you. For volunteering opportunities with us, go to our volunteering page:

Issues that can affect mental health

Sometimes our mental health, or that of our loved ones, can be affected by events and circumstances beyond our control. There are a variety of different organisations that can help. Here are some links you might find useful.

Being a carer can be emotionally and physically demanding – it’s important to look after your own health needs. Our carers pages have more information about the support available to carers:

If you, or someone you know, are homeless or worried about becoming homeless we can help:

Citizens Advice are an independent charity who can offer confidential, impartial advice on a range of issues including financial worries, legal matters and consumer protection:

Cruse Bereavement Care offer care and support for bereaved children, young people and adults:

The Safer Stronger North Somerset website has some useful sources of support if you have been a victim of crime:

Addaction provide treatment and support to people who are affected by alcohol or drugs, and to their families, friend and carers: