Mental health and wellbeing

One in four people in the UK has a mental health problem at some point in their lives, regardless of age, social background, ethnicity or gender. In North Somerset we are continuing to ensure that appropriate mental health services are available for anyone who needs them.

Take a look at this short video message, recorded by local GP and Clinical Lead for Mental Health, Dr Mike Jenkins, about mental health and where to find help:

If you think that you may have a mental health problem – or suspect that someone close to you has one – please seek help. Without care or treatment, mental health problems can have a serious effect on an individual and those around them, impacting on daily life, relationships and work.

The information below is a starting point, but we urge you to see your GP.

Local support through Positive Step

Positive Step offer local support and advice on common mental health problems, you can contact them to find out more about;

  • addictions – such as drug and alcohol misuse
  • sleep problems
  • self-esteem issues
  • bereavement
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • postnatal depression

They can also put you in touch with counselling organisations.

Find out more by calling 0800 688 8010 or emailing awp.positivestep@nhs.net 

Positive Step

Online help at NHS Choices

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

If you’re feeling low and need help, you can visit The Moodzone. You can take their quick online self-assessment test, which will indicate whether you’re depressed and need medical help, or are simply feeling low.

Improving mental health services in North Somerset

We continue to ensure that appropriate mental health services are available for anyone in North Somerset who needs them. We work closely with North Somerset Council, Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP), our GP member practices, voluntary organisations, patients and carers and local health and social care professionals.

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Our top priorities for mental health services in North Somerset in 2015/16 are:

  • Making access to psychological therapies easier
  • Ensuring that health, social care and voluntary agencies work together so care is integrated
  • Improving the transition from children and adolescent mental health services to adult services
  • Reviewing access to psychiatric services within a hospital setting

Children and Young People's Mental Health and Wellbeing

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).   

Cover for Transformation Plan: Children and Young People's Mental Health and Wellbeing 2016-2018

Transformation Plan: Children and Young People's Mental Health and Wellbeing 2016-2018

In this transformation plan we describe the current service model and how we intend to improve local provision to deliver a more coherent offer across all services, types and levels of need.