Mental Health support
There are several local organisations and groups that support people with mental health issues. ‘The Hope Guide’ (link below) lists local organisations and opportunities. Bath also supports World Mental Health Day with a community event annually.
The Hope Guide
The Hope Guide provides information on local support groups and activities in the B&NES region. It is produced regularly by volunteers from the New Hope group in partnership with St Mungo's Broadway Building Bridges to Wellbeing. Find a pdf here: www.newhopebanes.org (paper copies are also available).
hopespace – social café
hopespace provides an accepting and welcoming environment with refreshments in a café-style setting for anyone who is emotionally fragile, anxious or depressed. Located at St Michael's Hall, St Michael's Place (between the Little Theatre and The Grapes Pub, Bath BA1 1SG). Every Tuesday evening from 6.30-9.00pm. Free. More info here
B&NES Talking Therapies
Offering a wide range of support from free courses to one-to-one intervention. Also information about Books on Prescription, as well as lists of recommended self-help books and websites. See iapt-banes.awp.nhs.uk
The Wellbeing College provides you with knowledge, skills and confidence to manage your health and wellbeing. Courses and workshops on offer cover a broad range of subjects including long term health conditions, mental wellbeing, exercise and fitness, and social support.Telephone: 01225 831820 / www,wellbeingcollegebanes.co.uk
Action for happiness
Action for Happiness helps people take practical action to improve mental wellbeing and to create a happier and more caring society. Everyone's path to happiness is different. But our review of the latest research has found 10 Keys to Happier Living that consistently tend to make people's lives happier and more fulfilling. Together they spell "GREAT DREAM". The first five keys (GREAT) are about how we interact with the outside world in our daily activities. They are based on the Five Ways to Wellbeing developed by nef as part of the Foresight Project. The second five keys (DREAM) come from inside us and depend on our attitude to life.
'Great Dream' – 10 keys to happier living
- Trying out
For each of the ten keys you'll find information, questions, resources and a range of suggested actions to help you apply them in your daily life: actionforhappiness.org/10-keys
Mind works to improve the lives of people suffering from mental health problems. See www.bathmind.org.uk
TESS (Support around self-injury)
TESS is a text and email support service offering girls and young women confidential support around self injury. You can text 07800 472908 or email via links to TESS on www.selfinjurysupport.org.uk Live responses only during opening times Mon-Fri 7pm-9pm.
CAT Project / Community Arts Therapies
CAT Project is a small, local charity that aims to improve the everyday lives of those affected by mental health issues through the use of Arts Therapies. Using art, drama, dance movement and music therapies they work with adults and young people with mental health problems to promote social inclusion and enhance wellbeing. They also work with Carers. You can find more information at www.community-arts-therapies.org.uk
This charity supports people with mental health need, learning disabilities and dementia. They offer both visiting support to people living in their own homes and residential care accommodation. Find out more at www.milestonestrust.org.uk