On this page you'll find resources for supporting your mental health and improving your wellbeing.
5 Ways to Wellbeing
Evidence suggests that these 5 things help to improve our wellbeing:
- Connecting with people
- Being physically active
- Learning new things
- Giving to others
- Paying attention to the present moment
We've been putting together a few links for each of the 5 Ways. Including some videos!
You can scroll down to see every section below, or click on one of the 5 ways in the list above to be taken to that section.
We do our best to keep this page updated, but we are a small team. Please email us at email@example.com if you've spotted something that needs updating.
You can also find some handy written guides to the 5 ways here:
Learn more about the 5 Ways with Sarah's guide - including some useful tips!
In Kate's guide to Winter Wellbeing, she gives us some ideas on how to look after ourselves during the winter months.
Sarah has also written a workbook to go alongside her Self-Care workshop, although we think that you don't need to go to the workshop in order to benefit from using it. You can download it from the link to the right.
Reengage are offering call companion's to older people who are living alone and feeling isolated.
Womankind Befriending Service
- If you would like to have a befriender, please ask your support worker, sexual violence worker or a health care professional to make a referral.
- If you would like more information, please contact their helpline on 0117 916 6461 or 0345 458 2914. Or see their website here.
Their befriending service supports women to get back on their feet. A volunteer befriender can provide you with company, a listening ear and a shoulder to lean on. Befrienders can help you to get out and about, develop new interests, improve your routine, build new friendships and support networks, increase your confidence and self-esteem.
This service is for isolated women living in South Gloucestershire and Bristol to improve their mental health and wellbeing. They also provide this service for women in Bristol who have experienced sexual violence.
Kooth is an online mental wellbeing community providing free, safe and anonymous support for children and young people aged between 11 – 24 years.
The Marmalade Trust have written an article called "7 Ways to Combat Loneliness Whilst WFH" (Working from home).
"This is Me" is a zoom support group for people who have recently been diagnosed with dementia. It will run for 6 weeks, starting on Monday 11th January.
"Talking Together" is a support group for people who are experiencing grief from losing a loved one due to Dementia. This may be through death or them entering full-time Supported Care. This will run for 6 weeks starting on Friday 15th January.
Tips on getting or staying connected with others.
These gentle sitting exercises will help improve your mobility and prevent falls, and can even be done at home.
Tips for getting active both indoors and outdoors.
Take your pick from 24 instructor-led videos across our aerobics exercise, strength and resistance, and pilates and yoga categories.
OurParks provide a variety of different fitness programmes.
Apps to help you get active:
This walk tracker is a free and easy to use walking app that tracks your walking and shows you how you can increase your intensity to benefit your health. The app is designed to support you every step of the way to increase your daily level of physical activity, with simple and achievable milestones and rewards along the way.
Tony Gibbs is one of our Wellbeing Workers. In this video, he shares his PowerPoint presentation that explores wellbeing through art.
They are running quite a few free online courses at the moment.
Take a tour of The British Museum's BP exhibition 'Vikings: life and legend'. Presenters Michael Wood and Bettany Hughes are joined by guests including exhibition curator Gareth Williams, Neil MacGregor and experts on Viking ships and swords, burial and beliefs, as well as their language and legacy.
Listen to all sorts of educational podcasts here. They also have a lot of comedy, literature and radio plays, among other things.
You can choose an OpenLearn course from a wide range of subjects. Some are based on Open University course materials. Others are written specifically for OpenLearn.
TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short talks (18 minutes or less). It covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages.
There are currently ten Living Landmarks plaques installed in Bradley Stoke, each with some information about the history of the area.
This link takes you to South Gloucestershire Council's volunteering page. It has lots of information about how you can become a volunteer for local charities, or even set up an activity or group yourself.
A useful page from Mind, with ideas about 'offline' giving, and why it is important for our wellbeing.
Listen to this series of mental wellbeing audio guides to help you boost your mood.
Audio files of relaxation techniques that can help relieve stress and gain a sense of well-being. Available in both male and female voices.
For those self-isolating who enjoy watching wildlife.
The RSPB bird identifier lists 406 species of birds found in the UK, including some rare overseas visitors. Visit their website to use their guide.
A guided meditation app.
Mental Health Resources
The Samaritans offer lots of different ways to talk to them - either by phoning, online chat, emailing, or writing them a letter. Click the link to the left to see all of their contact details.
Vita Health Group 24/7 helpline
- Tel: 0800 0126549
This is a 24/7 confidential helpline, providing immediate emotional and practical support. It is staffed by experienced counsellors who will offer emotional support and who can connect you to organisations available in Bristol, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire.
A list of mental health and wellbeing services in South Gloucestershire.
VitaMinds run the NHS talking therapies service. It’s a free service, offering a range of short-term psychological therapies to adults 16-years and over, who are registered with a GP in and live in Bristol, North Somerset & South Gloucestershire.
Talk to the Rainbow are a team of LGBTQ+ and allied counsellors and therapists. Based in Bristol and the South West, they provide therapeutic services covering everything related to sexual orientation, gender and sex.
Free Counselling for male refugees & asylum seekers living in Bristol
To make a referral, either:
- email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for a registration form for the Meeting Minds Without Borders service.
- or text Nigel on 07932 632569.
Minds without Borders is a free counselling service for male Asylum Seekers & Refugees, over the age of 18, who are currently living in Bristol. It is run by Bristol Mind.
Mental Health Mates is a network of peer support groups IRL and online, run by people who experience their own mental health issues, meeting regularly to walk, connect and share without fear or judgement.
They can support children and young people under the age of 35 who are experiencing thoughts of suicide; or anyone concerned that a young person could be thinking about suicide.
This is an over-50's Alcohol Helpline providing support and advice to individuals aged over 50 worried about their drinking, and their concerned others. The line will be available 7 days a week; Monday to Friday (12pm - 8pm) and weekends (10am to 4pm).
Bristol Mind have a list of resources and organisations that can support people with their mental health. They also have a YouTube channel that has quite a few videos about tips and tools for managing mental health.
Apps to Help With Mental Health
An app designed to help people resist or manage the urge to self-harm. It's private and password-protected.
Learn to look at problems differently, turn negative thoughts into positive ones and improve your mental wellbeing.
Create music to help express complex feelings. Cove is a personal musical journal to help you with your mental health.
Get quick, easy and discreet access to information and advice about self-harm and suicidal thoughts.
Improve your thoughts, feelings, self-esteem and self-confidence using the principles of cognitive behavioural therapy.
Pick from 10 modules to learn how to manage fear, anxiety and stress, and take control of your thoughts, feelings and behaviour.