Time to take action on mental health

  • 10 October 2019


To mark World Mental Health Day Bristol, North Somerset & South Gloucestershire CCG (BNSSG CCG) is supporting action on mental health.

One in four people in the UK experience a mental health problem at some point that affects their daily life, relationships or physical health. Mental health problems can affect anyone, regardless of age, race, gender or social background.

Dr David Soodeen, BNSSG CCG’s Clinical Lead for Mental Health, said:

“Now, more than ever, it has become increasingly important to take care of your mental health as well as your physical health.

“Signs of poor mental health such as anxiety, stress, or trouble sleeping can be a natural response to the difficult situations we face in everyday life. For most people this will pass, but they can escalate into more serious issues if people don’t take action.

“I encourage anyone experiencing difficulty with their mental health to seek support, whether that is through campaigns such as Every Mind Matters or through direct access to a healthcare professional.”

Every Mind Matters

We don’t need to wait until we are struggling with our mental health; there are lots of things we can do to protect ourselves and prevent problems escalating, just as we do with our physical health.

The new Every Mind Matters campaign encourages adults to be more aware of their mental health and helps them to discover simple steps to look after their mental health and wellbeing.

Every Mind Matters offers a range of useful resources that help spot the signs of common mental health concerns, provides practical self-care tips and guidance and, importantly, explains when to seek further support.

It also has a free NHS-approved online tool on the Every Mind Matters website, which helps people build an action plan to deal with stress and anxiety, boost their mood, improve their sleep and help them feel more in control.

To discover simple steps for a healthier mind, create your personal action plan visit everymindmatters.co.uk

Supporting local initiatives

Throughout this winter, BNSSG CCG is supporting a campaign to prevent suicide and self-harm across the area.

The campaign, managed by the Independent Mental Health Network (IMHN), is offering grant funding to support local groups whose work helps to prevent suicide and self-harm across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

Tom Renhard, CEO of the Independent Mental Health Network, said:

“We are really pleased to be supporting local efforts by groups that are leading the fight to prevent suicide and self-harm across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, where we know a small amount of seed funding can make a bigger difference to people who know their communities well and what is needed.

“I am hopeful that as part of a wider campaign launching later this year, we will be able to enable more initiatives to flourish and support a wider regional ambition to reduce the number of people taking their own lives. One life lost is one too many, and there is plenty for us all to do to ensure people know there is support available out there.

“If you are interested in getting involved in the campaign that will launch in November, do send an email to engagement@imhn.org.”

Find out more about the suicide prevention innovation grant.

Stepping up local provision

In recent months, BNSSG CCG has taken action to adapt and increase the current provision of mental health services.

In September, Vita Health began its contract to provide psychological therapies in the area.

This followed a thorough service redesign with close work with service users, existing providers, GPs and the local independent mental health network.

Find out more about IAPT

More recently, Second Step was announced as the preferred provider for a brand new crisis and recovery centre in Weston-Super-Mare.

The service, which is planned to open in April 2020, will provide a safe, welcoming and comfortable place for people in immediate acute emotional distress and for those seeking to prevent the onset of a crisis.

Find out more about the Crisis and Recovery Centre.