South Gloucestershire Mental Health

There is a range of free options for mental health and emotional wellbeing support for those aged over 18 who live in South Gloucestershire. Below is a list of the services they provide with details about how to access them.

  • Acute hospital liaison -The service offers a mental health assessment to all adults (18 years and over) attending Accident and Emergency (A&E) departments who have mental health concerns including self harm. It also assists acute general hospitals to assess and treat people with mental health concerns who have been admitted with an existing medical problem. Southmead Hospital – Acute Hospital Liaison Services 0117 414 6589
  • Complex psychological interventions – provides a wide range of therapies and develops the skills of staff, depending on the needs of individual service users. People are usually referred for psychological therapies where complex, longstanding needs have not been addressed by previous interventions. For more information visit the AWP website.
  • Dementia – Memory cafés offer a friendly welcome for anyone affected by dementia, or worried about their or someone else’s memory. They provide practical information and support, as well as the opportunity for people to ask questions and to listen to others’ experience. Find your closest Memory cafe on Well Aware or visit the South Glos Council website.
  • Early intervention in psychosis – a service for people aged 14-35, including talking therapies, education, activities, mediation and working with a care coordinator. Referrals are normally made by GPs. This service is delivered by AWP, Blackberry Hill Hospital, South Gloucestershire Early Intervention in Psychosis Team 0117 378 7970  For further information visit the AWP website.
  • Inpatient services – specialist inpatient support for people with complex needs. These services are run by AWP at Southmead Hospital. Call  0117 950 5050 (Southmead Hospital) open 24/7.
  • Intensive services – Consist of experienced mental health staff who offer assessment and home treatment for people aged over 16 years experiencing a mental health crisis, as an alternative to hospital admission. The team operates 24 hours a day 7 days a week. However, the team does not provide an ’emergency’ service such as a 999 response.How to get referred: This will usually be through the person’s existing mental health team, GP referral, or self-referral. If the person being referred has never been seen by mental health services previously, they may be asked to see a primary care professional first. This service is run by AWP Blackberry Hill Hospital, S. Glos Intensive Team 0117 378 4250 
  • Learning disabilities services – With services and support provided across inpatient and community settings, our teams of psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, nurses and support workers are dedicated to provide access to professional help to those with mental health problems and a co-existing learning disability. For further information visit the AWP website.
  • Mind You – Is the mental health information website for children and young people in South Gloucestershire
  • Primary care liaison service – The Primary care mental health liaison service is a short-term support service to help people with mental health difficulties to move forward and get on with their lives. They only receive referrals from GPs and other health or social care professionals. For more information visit the AWP website.
  • South Gloucestershire Talking Therapies (iapt) – Provide access to a range of therapeutic interventions in line with people’s differing emotional needs. You can self-refer to services via their website by either completing a registration form or by booking directly on to one of their introductory level psycho-educational courses. Tel: 0117 378 4270 Email: awp.SouthGlosTalkingTherapies@nhs.net The service operates Monday to Thursday 8.00am to 8.00pm, Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm, and Saturday 9.00am to 4.00pm. Please note the telephone lines are not available between 12.00pm and 1.00pm, and after 6.00pm on weekdays. They are also not available on Saturdays.
  • South Gloucestershire Wellbeing College – Is a partnership delivered across the whole of South Gloucestershire with the aim of making people happy and healthy through education.The Wellbeing College offers a range of courses each term, including: mindfulness, managing anxiety, money management, sports and physical activity sessions, art sessions, complementary therapies and activities in the open air such as gardening or nature walks. For further information visit their website  telephone: 01454 821856 or email info@sgwellbeingcollege.org