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Where are we with mental health and COVID in Somerset?

Author: Victoria Poole
Posted on: 15th April 2021

Virtual London Marathon!

The London Marathon is one of the greatest shows on earth and plans to be even bigger & better this year!! Not only will a record 50,000 participants run the traditional route in the capital, but organisers have also confirmed that the virtual London Marathon will return this year, with 50,000 places available for runners to take on the world’s greatest marathon on the course of their choice on marathon day – 3rd October. Mind in Somerset have 25 virtual marathon places up for grabs!! If you would like to take up one of these places please let us know by  emailing [email protected]

Author: Victoria Poole
Posted on: 24th March 2021

Re balancing the Relationship

We’re delighted to announce that Open Mental Health has been featured in a new national report, #RebalancingTheRelationship, which focuses on #VCSE collaboration. Proud to have contributed and share what we have learned so far.

‘We came together to develop this work because we believe in it and the difference it can make for our beneficiaries…We all had to be okay with not always getting it right.’ – Rethink Mental Illness

‘All of this is about relationships. It’s not about size, it’s about commitment and culture within organisations. We kept coming back to why we were here, it’s not about any individual organisation.’ – Spark Somerset

‘In order for everyone to be equal some organisations need bigger steps to be at the same level as others.’ – SWEDA

The Somerset Mental Health Alliance was formed in 2019 as part of the new Community Mental Health Framework, which aims to address the long existing gaps in provision and challenges of mental health care and support in the community. Somerset is one of 12 Trailblazers, trialing a new approach to coproducing a local model, funded by the NHS Trust, the Clinical Commissioning Group, and the County Council.


Author: Victoria Poole
Posted on: 26th February 2021

Time to Talk Day 2021

Time to Talk Day 2021

Time to Talk Day 2021 takes place on Thursday 4 February – join us to start conversations about mental health and help end the stigma.

The Power of Small

A small conversation about mental health has the power to make a big difference.

We know that the more conversations we have, the more myths we can bust and barriers we can break down, helping to end the isolation, shame and worthlessness that too many of us with mental health problems are made to feel.

Time to Talk Day is the day that we get the nation talking about mental health. This year’s event might look a little different, but at times like this open conversations about mental health are more important than ever.

We need your help to start the conversation this Time to Talk Day – together we can end mental health stigma.



Time to Talk Day: The Power of Small

Psykhe Mental Wellbeing Podcast

Have a listen to this special episode for Time to Talk Day 2021, we’re joined by Hazel Barron (Somerset Time to Change Hub Coordinator) and Time to Change Champions Ann Diment, Haleem Clift and Rosina Thomas.

In this episode, we explore:

What is Time to Change?

What is Time to Talk Day about?

The power of small

Small acts of self-care

Small things that have been said to us

Advice to anyone struggling with their mental health

and loads more. Mentioned in this episode:

Ann’s Wellbeing Blog

Haleem’s Film – The Future of Mental Health

Rosie’s Blog

Mind in Somerset YouTube

To listen to the podcast click here


Virtual Coffee and Chat!

Come and join the Somerset Inclusion team, and Champions from Time to Change Somerset this Thursday  TIME TO TALK DAY! From 1-2 pm, please email for details.(on poster)  A supportive space, access to information, a listening ear and meet some amazing pets while we chill over a coffee and a biscuit and talk about how our pets can help with our mental health … non pet owners welcome!


Listen in to Charlie Taylor’s wellbeing Wednesday at 7pm to hear some of the Somerset Time to Change Champions discussing Time to Talk day, what they get up to to raise awareness around Time to Change and lots more besides…


If you would like to find out more about the campaign locally , join the mailing list, or to get involved in this supportive innovative network , please visit Mind in Somerset website or email [email protected]  we meet monthly( currently on zoom) to discuss ideas, share events and to be supportive of one another .

Author: Victoria Poole
Posted on: 3rd February 2021

Mind lands in Wellington!

Mind lands in Wellington!

Struggling with your Mental Health?

Please come and join the Wellington support group.

Meeting every Wednesday afternoon on Zoom until we are able to meet in person.
From 1:00pm- 2:00pm

For more information please email


Author: Victoria Poole
Posted on: 28th January 2021

FREE L1 Awareness in First Aid For Mental Health

Looking to boost your CV or simply learn a new skill? Why not sign up for our FREE L1 Awareness in First Aid For Mental Health, taking place via zoom on the 29th January from 10:00 – 12:30.
This qualification will provide you with the knowledge to recognise a range of mental health conditions, how to start a supportive conversation and when and how to signpost a person to seek appropriate professional help. You will also learn how to recognise and manage stress.
You will gain employability skills with recognised Ofqual Accreditation/ which can improve your chances of employment. This course will be tutor led and guided self-study, both interactive and practical.

Author: Victoria Poole
Posted on: 21st January 2021

Mindline SWEDA

Did you know SWEDA & Mindline Somerset have a dedicated eating disorder helpline. Available for the people of Somerset who may be experiencing difficulties with eating, weight or body image.
Open Every Tuesday 8pm-11pm & Every Sunday 11am-2pm Call on 0300 3305464.

Author: Victoria Poole
Posted on: 21st January 2021

Mendip Recovery and Wellbeing Groups

These online sessions are available to anyone over 18 and living in Mendip/Somerset and provide a relaxed, safe and supportive environment to explore ways to stay well. Each session will include information on specific topics, time for discussion relating to the topics covered and more generally an opportunity to meet and speak with others in the community. For more information and to book visit: https://www.mindinsomerset.org.uk/our-services/peer-support-art-gardening/mendip-recovery-wellbeing-groups/

Author: Victoria Poole
Posted on: 21st January 2021

An Antidote to the Xmas Blues


In response to what is likely to be a very challenging Christmas this year, Somerset Mental Health Hub have invited BBC Somerset Poet of the year Liv Torc and Radio 4’s comic poet Matt Harvey to soften the blow of this strange year with their unique , gentle and ultimately human wordcraft . In addition, add to your personal self care toolbox with ‘Mental Resilience’ workshop with trainer Pete Bearder from Tough Cookie. We would especially like to hear from you if you are an organisation that offers support to those who might be isolated in your community . This will be an opportunity for people to find out what’s available , and to share that with others in their community who may not be able to access the internet. We would also like to hear from anyone offering support around digital poverty. Conversations will be facilitated about how to influence and shape some Mental Health services as well as information around Open Mental Health.

For more information email [email protected]


To register CLICK HERE

Author: Victoria Poole
Posted on: 9th December 2020

Mindline 24/7

In line with Government guidance we are delighted to announce that we will be resuming in person services from the 2nd December. We recognise how difficult the festive period is for many, particularly with additional restrictions, therefore we want to be there to support the community and all our service users. Our digital offerings will still be in place for those that prefer to access them in this way.
Our Mindline will be open throughout the Christmas period 24 hours a day 7 days a week and our Trans+ Helpline will be open as usual every Friday and Monday evening including Christmas day and New Year’s Day.

Author: Victoria Poole
Posted on: 2nd December 2020

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