Stress at work is 'causing' poor mental health in men (, August 2017)

Men are more likely to blame work for mental health problems than women, according to a new report.

32% of men with poor mental health said work was responsible for their illness, compared to just 14% of women.

Please click here to read the full story.


Private sector staff feel more supported around mental health (Employee Benefits, June 2017)

Just under half (49%) of respondents working in the public sector felt supported when disclosing mental health problems, compared with 61% of those working for private sector organisations, according to research by mental health charity Mind.

Please click here to read the full story.


Community Rehabilitation Service launches Forest Fridays (Bristol Mental Health, May 2017)

The Community Rehabilitation Service has launched a pilot of forest wellbeing sessions with the Forest of Avon Trust. Forest Fridays offer people using the BMH service the opportunity to take part in activities in a forest over an eight week period.

Please click here for further information.


New name for Bristol Mental Health College (Bristol Mental Health, May 2017)

Second Step’s Recovery College has a new name and a new look too. From May 1 the college, which works with dozens of people in Bristol to help improve their mental health and wellbeing, will be called the Bristol Wellbeing College.

Please click here for further information.


Instagram 'worst for young mental health' (, May 2017)

Instagram is rated as the worst social media platform when it comes to its impact on young people's mental health, a UK snapshot survey suggests.

The poll asked 1,479 people aged 14-24 to rate which of five popular social media platforms had the most negative effect on their users.

They were asked to score each platform on issues such as anxiety, depression, loneliness, bullying and body image.

Mental health charities urged companies to act to increase users' safety.

Please click here for further information.


‘Five a day’ for mental wellbeing: are you getting yours? (Bristol City Council, May 2017)

From 8 – 12 May Bristol will be marking Mental Health Awareness Week with Five Days of Wellbeing. The week will raise awareness about the little things that we can do every day to improve our mental and emotional health. Activities will be taking place across the city based around a different theme each day.

Please click here for further information.


New project seeks to boost the mental health and wellbeing of BAME elders (Bristol Mental Health, April 2017)

 A new project in Bristol is seeking to understand the barriers and stigma that some Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) older people encounter when talking about mental health. Through the pilot, people aged 50+ are also able to access free mental health groups and counselling in their community language, if English is not their first language.

Please click here for further information.


Crisis support from Bristol Mental Health (Bristol Mental Health, April 2017)

Bristol Mental Health, in partnership with NHS Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group (CGG), Bristol Independent Mental Health Network (BIMHN), service users and carers, has made a number of improvements to ensure that people experiencing a mental health crisis get the right support they need faster.

Please click here for further information.


Minds Matter (, April 2017)

A season of films on mental health, across TV, radio and online.

Please click here to view available content. The website also includes an 'Information & Support' page providing contact information for local and national mental health organisations.


Housing problems causing mental illness, says charity (, April 2017)

Housing problems in England are causing people to suffer anxiety, depression and panic attacks, says Shelter.

Of people who had experienced housing worries within the past five years, 69% said their mental health was affected, suggests research for the charity.

The researchers interviewed 1,050 people from across England who reported poor housing, rent problems or being threatened with eviction.

One grandmother, facing eviction, even considered suicide.

Please click here to read the full story.


Stephen Fry discusses mental health issues in Heads Together video: 'One conversation can make all the difference' (Daily Telegraph, April 2017)

Stephen Fry has appeared in a video talking to his psychiatrist about his mental health breaking down.

The film is the latest in a series created by Heads Together, the campaign spearheaded by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

It comes as a YouGov poll, released by the campaign, shows that four out of 10 (42%) men have had a conversation recently about mental health compared to six out of 10 (58%) women.

Please click here to read the full story.


My mental illness insists on joining me on holiday (, April 2017)

Travelling can be stressful at the best of times - but for those with mental health difficulties it can be overwhelming.

Artist Loren Conner has anxiety and has worked with travellers to depict how they feel when they are about to embark on a trip.

Please click here to read the full story.


Royals launch campaign to get Britons talking about mental health (Guardian, March 2017)

William, Kate and Harry recruit celebrities and other individuals for videos discussing depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts.

Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have enlisted a rapper, a Royal Marine and a Labour spin doctor to try to push stigma about discussing mental health beyond what they believe is a “tipping point” and into public acceptability.

Please click here to read the full story.


Depression the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide, WHO finds (Independent, March 2017)

Depression is now the leading cause of ill health and disability in the world, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), following a huge spike in the number of people who report living with the condition.

The condition has overtaken lower respiratory disease as the biggest global health problem, with latest figures showing more than 300 million people worldwide have a diagnosis of depression, an increase of more than 18 per cent between 2006 and 2015.

Please click here to read the full story.


Dementia Wellbeing Service supports Age UK Bristol’s dementia advice project (Bristol Mental Health, March 2017)

Bristol Mental Health's (BMH) Dementia Wellbeing Service (DWS) is set to support Age UK Bristol's popular dementia advice project. DWS will part-fund the initiative for two years, starting from this April.

Please click here to read the full story.


BMH and St Mungo’s launch new carers’ group (Bristol Mental Health, March 2017)

Bristol Mental Health and St Mungo's have launched a new group for carers, family and friends of people with complex mental health problems. The group has been set up as a place where people can come along for a chat in a friendly, informal environment.

Please click here to read the full story.


Drug and mental health admissions highest for a decade (, January 2017)

More patients are being admitted to hospital in England for drug-related mental health issues or poisoning than at any time in the past 10 years.

Official figures reveal 15,074 cases of people in hospital with illicit drug poisoning in 2015-16, 51% more than 2005-06.

Mental health issues had drugs as a cause in 81,904 cases.

Public health experts say falling investment in drug treatment services may explain the rise.

Please click here to read the full story.


Theresa May promises mental health care overhaul (, January 2017)

Theresa May is pledging to help schools and companies in England deal with the "hidden injustice" of mental illness.

The prime minister will announce extra training for teachers, more online self-checking for those with concerns and a review of services for children and teenagers.

Mental health experts said more funding was needed to improve services.

Please click here to read the full story.


Are you a relative of someone with psychosis or bipolar disorder? (Bristol Mental Health, December 2016)

Relatives and friends of people with bipolar disorder or psychosis are being invited to take part in the new Relatives Education And Coping Toolkit (REACT) Research Study.

Click here for further information.


Scale of suicide unacceptable, say MPs (, December 2016)

The number of people taking their own lives in England is unacceptably high, says a report by the Health Select Committee.

The group of MPs is putting pressure on the government ahead of its new plan for preventing suicides, which is expected in the New Year.

Click here to read the full story.


Pregnant women and new mums in mental health funding boost (, November 2016)

Twenty areas across England are to receive funding to provide more support for pregnant women and new mothers with severe mental health problems.

NHS England is spending £40m on doctors and other specialist mental health workers as part of its drive to help 30,000 more women by 2021.

Some of the 20 areas to receive a share of the £40m include Bristol, Birmingham and Northumberland.

Click here to read the full story.


Service users invited to ‘Conversation Cafes’ (Bristol Mental Health, October 2016)

People using mental health services across Bristol are invited to an innovative new pilot called 'Conversation Cafes'. The cafes have been developed as a social meet up in Bristol for service users to socialise with one another in a relaxed, friendly environment.

Click here for further information.


BMH releases new video (Bristol Mental Health, October 2016)

Bristol Mental Health (BMH) is excited to announce the release of a new video which aims to increase understanding of its services and to highlight the wide selection of services available within the BMH system.

Click here to watch the video.


Bipolar is like my body is a shell, like I'm not here (, October 2016)

As part of World Mental Health Day, Newsbeat's been hearing how it feels to have a mental health condition.

Will Page, 20, from Brighton, was diagnosed with bipolar type two about a year ago but says it wasn't a surprise.

"The most easy way to describe it is [as] really, really extreme mood swings, to the point of wanting to kill yourself, to having the most insane Kanye-level ego.

"In the lowest point [it's] almost like my body is a shell, like I'm not here.

"Everything is really far away. It's almost like I'm looking through my eyes out of a telescope or something."

"But on a high I'm buzzing, I'm making so much stuff, I don't sleep."

Click here to read the full story.


Young women at 'highest mental health risk' (, September 2016)

Young women are the highest risk group in England for mental health problems, according to new data from NHS Digital.

One in five women reported a common mental disorder such as anxiety and depression in 2014, compared with one in eight men, according to the study of mental health and wellbeing.

Young women also have high rates of self-harm, and post-traumatic stress and bipolar disorders.

Click here to read the full story.


Bristol Wellbeing Therapies Service to launch online CBT (Bristol Mental Health, September 2016)

The Bristol Wellbeing Therapies (BWT) Service is set to offer a free online therapy programme that people can access from anywhere, at any time of the day. From October, the Service will test a pilot of SilverCloud, a cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) course that supports individuals with a range of emotional issues.

Click here to read the full story.


New podcasts around psychosis released (Bristol Mental Health, August 2016)

BMH and Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP) have released the final two podcasts in a series around psychosis. Service users and a carer involved with Bristol Mental Health's Early Intervention in Psychosis Service came together to feature in the podcasts.

In the first podcast the group talk about the many forms of stigma that can exist around psychosis, and in the second they discuss what aided their mental health recovery and how they would support someone with psychosis.

To view the podcasts please click the following links:

Stigma and psychosis
Psychosis: How employers can help


Perinatal mental health service gets go ahead (BIMHN, August 2016)

BIMHN welcomes the news that a new community-based perinatal mental health service is due to be launching soon.

Charity Bluebell Care and Maternity Voices have been involved in the development of the service, which has received new funding from NHS England’s children’s transformation money.

Click here for the full story.


Early warning signs of psychosis podcast (Bristol Mental Health, August 2016)

Services users and a carer involved with BMH's EI Service have come together to feature in a podcast. In the audio they discuss psychosis and the early warning signs that people may display as part of the condition. You can now listen to part one and part two of the podcast.


More than a third of female students 'have mental health problems' (, August 2016)

One in three female students in the UK has a mental health problem, a survey suggests.

This compared with about a fifth of male undergraduates, the YouGov survey of 1,061 students found.

Overall, some 27% of the students said they had a mental health problem. This rose to 45% among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students.

Universities UK said institutions were working hard to develop good services that linked in with the NHS.

To read the full story please click here.


Freedom of Mind Festival (July 2016)

We all have mental health, yet often we ignore it unless we start to struggle. Emotional difficulties can affect anyone at any time in their life, and we believe that everyone should have the tools to help themselves and others improve their emotional wellbeing, whatever the state of their mental health.

Freedom of Mind Festival is a two week series of events taking place across Bristol from 30th September - 10th October. These events will encourage conversation, offer practical tools and influence change, to make Bristol a happier, healthier city.

To find out more click here.


Working with Anxiety (June 2016)

A new film from Mindful Employer exploring how anxiety affects the ability to work and carry out other day to day activities, and highlighting key ways to aid recovery. The film considers how it feels to experience generalised anxiety, panic attacks, OCD and PTSD and some practical methods through which to aid and achieve recovery.

Click here to watch the film.


Beat Stress video on YouTube (June 2016)

The Men's Health Forum have released a video on YouTube providing advice on how to beat stress. Click here to watch it.


Anxiety disorders 'need more research', says global study (, June 2016)

Anxiety should be given more attention in mental health research because it is more common than we think, says a global review of the disorder.

Scientists from the University of Cambridge said women, young people under 35 and those with health problems were particularly affected.

They estimate that four out of every 100 people are affected by anxiety.

But the review said more research was needed to find out which other communities were at greatest risk.

Click here to read the fully story.


Mental health support 'denied to children' (, May 2016)

More than a quarter of children referred to mental health services in England in 2015 - including some who had attempted suicide - received no help, a report says.

A review by the Children's Commissioner also found that 13% with life-threatening conditions were not allowed specialist support.

She said the system was "playing Russian roulette" with their health.

NHS England said it was "clearly the case" that services need to expand.

Click here to read the full story.


Sara's Story: The diary of a teenager who died in the mental health system (, April 2016)

Sara Green, 17, died as a result of self-harming as an in-patient in a mental health unit. BBC Panorama was given access to Sara's diary that she kept, showing how she was failed by the child and adolescent mental health system in England.

To view this video please click here.


Experiences of CBT (from participants of the CoBalT Trial) (February 2016)

Bristol University have created a short video about people's experiences of receiving CBT. Click here to view the video. The participants in the video took part in the CoBalT Trial, a multi-centre research project, which demonstrated that CBT in addition to usual care (including antidepressant medication) was an effective treatment, reducing depressive symptoms and improving quality of life in people with treatment resistant depression.

To view the abstract for the paper published in The Lancet about this study, please click here.


Huffington Post launches 'Young Minds Matter' (February 2016)

Young Minds Matter is a new series designed to lead the conversation with children about mental and emotional health, so youngsters feel loved, valued and understood. Launched with Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge as guest editor, we will discuss problems, causes and most importantly solutions to the stigma surrounding the UK’s mental health crisis amongst children.

Click here to visit the Young Minds Matters page.


Poor mental health care 'ruining lives' (, February 2016)

Mental health care is so poor and underfunded that "lives are being ruined", a review in England says.

The report - by a taskforce set up by NHS England - said too many people were getting no help or inadequate care.

It set out a number of recommendations, including improving access to talking therapies and crisis care.

Click here to read the full story.


Time to Talk Day (February 2016)

Time to Talk Day will take place on Thursday 4th February 2016. The aim is to get as many people as possible across England talking about mental health. 

By joining together on one day, we can break the silence that often surrounds mental health, and show that talking about this once-taboo issue doesn’t need to be difficult.

Mental health problems affect 1 in 4 people every year, yet too often people are afraid to talk about their experiences because they fear it will affect their jobs or relationships. That’s not right and it’s why we need your help to break the silence and end the stigma.

For further information and to find out how you can get involved, please click here.


Mental Health services available in Bristol over Christmas (December 2015)

Details about availability of mental health services in Bristol over Christmas can be found on the Bristol Mental Health website by clicking here.


New self-harm course launches in South Gloucestershire (December 2015)

Making Changes is a course for people who want to change the role of self injury and/or self harm in their lives. Our aim is to create a space for exploring what self harm means to you, and support you to set and work towards your personal goals for the course. This could include a better understanding of what self harm means for you, thinking about ways to hurt yourself less, or feeling more in control of your health and wellbeing – it’s entirely up to you.

The Making Changes course takes place over 7 weeks, and is open to both men and women aged 18+. There are 6 workshop-style sessions with space in between sessions so you can put into practice what you learn.

The course will run over 6 sessions during February and March 2016. Dates and a venue will be fixed early in the New Year, when we know where and when might be best for the people attending.

For more information email or call 0117 2308230 and leave a message.


Male suicide now a national public health emergency, MPs warned (Daily Telegraph, November 2015)

Rising suicide rates among men should be treated as a national public health issue on a par with smoking, obesity or pollution, a coalition of charity chiefs and experts has insisted.

A “crisis of masculinity” in which many men fail to seek help even when catastrophic events hit their lives is leading to tragic consequences for thousands of families, they said.

Leading figures in a string of charities including the Samaritans and Rethink Mental Illness have written to a committee of MPs adding their voices to calls for the Commons to make time to debate the issue.

It follows research published last week by the charity “Calm” (Campaign Against Living Miserably) showing that more four in 10 men have thought about taking their own lives at some point.

Click here to read the full story.


Drop-in Mindfulness and Compassion Sessions for Members of Changes (October 2015)

An opportunity for Changes members to come and learn Mindfulness and Compassion skills and practices which are beneficial for people with depression and anxiety or who are just experiencing the stresses of modern life. The sessions are open to all, whether you have any experience of mindfulness or not. Mindfulness is about bringing our awareness to what is in the moment - without judgment. Participants will learn mindfulness practices such as breathing meditation, body awareness and gentle mindful movement. They will also learn how to develop a more compassionate and loving relationship with themselves.

The seesions will be held on Mondays from 7.30pm-9pm starting on 19th October at the Natural Health Clinic on Cotham Hill. For further information contact Vicki Thomas at or call 07985 075295.


Bristol Sanctuary Open Days (October 2015)

The Sanctuary is an out of hours service for people in emotional distress. They are holding an open afternoon on Saturday 10th October from 2pm-4pm for those who have used the service or who think they might and want to find out more. There will be a free barbecue and entertainments.

There will also be an open morning on Tuesday 13th October from 9am-10.30am where people can find out more their first six months and about the services they offer. This will include coffee and croissants.

Please RSVP to by 5pm on Friday 9th October if you would like to attend.


Second Step 'Discovering Good Mental Health' Education Course (October 2015)

Do you have difficulty with your mental health? Would you like to explore ways to manage your mental health?

What will I learn?
● Recovery tools and self management resources & goal setting
● Wellness Recovery Action Plan / 5 ways to wellbeing
● Life Mapping - Exploring your experiences and journey
● Good communication skills

Courses run in Nov-Dec 2015 and Mar-Jun 2016. For further information visit or contact Kate Thomas or Nina Simmonds on 01179096630.


South Gloucestershire Wellbeing Survey (September 2015)

South Gloucestershire Council and The Care Forum have created a survey to identify ways to improve support for people with mental health issues in our community and shape future services. The survey is open to all residents of South Gloucestershire and there is a prize draw for a £50 Mall voucher. For further information and to complete the survey, please click here.


Girlguiding study highlights mental health pressures (Children & Young People Now, 24th August 2015)

More than half of 17- to 21-year-old young women say they have needed help with their mental health, according to a study by Girlguiding UK.

The Girlguiding Girls’ Attitudes Survey 2015 also found that 62 per cent of girls aged 11 to 21 knowing a girl or young woman who has experienced a mental health issue.

But despite many needing help, the study found that they often do not receive adequate support. Fewer than half (44 per cent) of girls aged between 11 and 16 said that they have talked about mental health during lessons at school.

Click here to read the full story.


BBC Radio 1 Mental Health Special (, 6th May 2015)

A Mental Health special of 'The Surgery' with Aled Haydn Jones and Dr Radha Modgil. Click here to listen online.


The bittersweet world of mental health online (, 6th May 2015)

A new film executive-produced by Kim Kardashian examines social media and mental health, but being a mentally ill person who's active online can be a bittersweet experience, says Charlotte Walker who has bipolar disorder.

Click here to read the full story.


More new services now live (Bristol Mental Health News, April 2015)

The ACE - assertive and contact engagement - service and the new community rehabilitation service have now started!!

Both services started at the beginning of April, and the exciting new Bristol Sanctuary will open later this week. These exciting new services will help make it easier than ever for more people across Bristol to get the right support at the right time.

Details of all three services - what they do, how they work and how to access them - can be found in the services area of the Bristol Mental Health website.