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Mental health and wellbeing

One in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives, regardless of age, social background, ethnicity or gender.

Without care or treatment, mental health problems can have a serious effect on an individual and those around them, impacting on people’s daily lives, relationships and employment.

We work closely with South Gloucestershire Council, Wellbeing Therapies Services plus Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP) to provide a range of services for people experiencing mental health problems.

Who should I contact?

If you’re experiencing low moods, anxiety or strong emotions, please talk to your GP.

If you don’t have a GP, call NHS 111 who can put you in touch with one and provide further information and advice.

NHS Choices also has a list of mental health helplines that can offer expert advice and lots of online support and advice on mental health issues.

Accessing support

Many people go through periods in their lives which leave them feeling stressed, anxious, depressed or unable to cope. Talking about these problems with a professional therapist can help. We call these types of treatment ‘talking therapies’.

AWP provides local community and inpatient mental health services on our behalf.

Visit Well Aware for a directory of local organisations offering a range of support, therapy and counselling.

Wellbeing Therapies Service

The Wellbeing Therapies Service is run by trained practitioners who listen and discuss your problems with you. They can also help you to find ways of coping with your problems.

In South Gloucestershire we work with 15 therapeutic organisations based in South Gloucestershire and Bristol to find the right talking therapy for you.

Wellbeing therapies focus on helping you move forward and are suitable for a variety of problems, including:

  • depression
  • anxiety/panic
  • work-related stress
  • obsessions
  • anger difficulties
  • relationship difficulties
  • eating problems
  • loss/bereavement
  • coping with long-term physical health conditions

To contact the service, you can either speak to your GP and ask to be referred, or refer yourself by calling LIFT Psychology on 0117 378 4270.

Or visit the Wellbeing Therapies Service website:

Wellbeing Therapies Service

Improving your mental wellbeing

South Gloucestershire Council has created this guide to groups and activities you could take part in to help you promote and manage your mental health and wellbeing. You can download the guide or browse it online:

Improving your mental wellbeing

The council website also has a range of additional information and advice on mental health and encouraging positive wellbeing:

Additional information and advice 

What are we doing to improve mental health services?

There are growing numbers of people in South Gloucestershire with mental health problems. We’re working closely with our GP practices, Wellbeing Therapies Service, Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP) and South Gloucestershire Council to increase the availability and quality of treatment.

These improvements include:

  • better access to talking therapies – in 2013 more than 6,000 residents took part in wellbeing therapy courses
  • more residents being assessed for mental health problems – we doubled the number due to a change in the way we work
  • improved diagnosis and services for autism
  • better access to mental health services for people with a learning difficulty through our provider Sirona Care and Health

New approach to Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT)

A new approach to Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) is being trialled among some GP practices in South Gloucestershire over the next 12 months.

The new approach, which is being delivered by Well-being and Therapies service Oasis-Talk, aims to ensure that patients receive a faster, more in-depth diagnosis to enable them to be treated and recover more quickly.

IAPT pilot

What is IAPT?

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Assuring Transformation Data

This leaflet explains how NHS England collects information to help improve NHS care and treatment for people with learning disabilities and autism. The collection of this information is called ‘assuring transformation data’ and it helps NHS England check that people are ...

Children and Young People's Mental Health and Wellbeing

Five year transformation plan

In August 2015, NHS England asked all NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in England to develop a local five year plan for the transformation of services that support children and young people’s emotional health and wellbeing, including Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).

In South Gloucestershire the plan joins up health, social care, education, youth justice and voluntary services to make sure that children and young people are listened to and receive the right support, in the right place at the right time.

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South Gloucestershire Children and Young People’s Emotional Health and Wellbeing Transformation Plan 2016

The South Gloucestershire Children and Young People’s Emotional Health and Wellbeing transformation plan 2016 provides information on:

-Key findings from the South Gloucestershire CYP Mental Health Needs assessment
-Delivery against transformation plans from 2015 to September 2016
-Plans from 2017.

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Learning difficulties