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News Archive April 2019

SSBSS Surgeries Coming Soon

What is a Surgery?


Service provision for Somerset Suicide Bereavement Support Service (SSBSS) is expanding and we will soon be  branching out into the local community to be holding what we call, ‘surgeries’.

Our SSBSS Surgeries will be a place for you to drop in and find out what practical and emotional support is available for those bereaved by suicide for you and you community.

There will be a dedicated space for people to join in a peer group setting, as well as a safe space for 1:1 support. There will  also be the opportunity to learn about other areas which could help you for example, other charities and alternate places for support should this be what you need.

We are committing to make these spaces  non – judgmental, open and passionately aimed toward supporting all those bereaved by suicide, including professionals also seeking guidance. 


To discover more about how SSBSS can support you visit our dedicated webpage here.

You can also contact our Suicide Bereavement helpline 24 hours a day on:

0300 330 5463 

Author: Marc Lewis
Posted on: 20th April 2019

Time To Change Champion Induction Sessions in Wells & Taunton


Could you be a Time to Change Champion?

Would you like to help change how people think and act about mental health in your community?


Time to Change Somerset is a part of a growing social movement that is changing how we all think and act about mental health. Even today, far too many people are made to feel ashamed or isolated because they have a mental health problem. Time To Change Somerset aims to change that and to end mental health discrimination.


The training is available in both Taunton & Wells to enable people to become Champions for the Somerset Time to Change hub, which is a network of local organisations and individuals committed to ending negative attitudes and behaviours towards people experiencing mental health problems.


With the right support we believe that people can recover from a mental health issues and experience equality of opportunity in all areas of life. Encouraging people to open up to mental health – to talk and to listen – is the first step.


Time to Change Champions are people with lived experience of mental health problems and are vital campaigners for the movement as they have links to communities, come from a diverse range of backgrounds with various levels of previous experiences and skills.


If you are interested in joining the social movement to change how we think and act about mental health Issues and becoming a Time to Change Champion, sign up for one of the training sessions in Somerset:


  • 1 May 10:00am-12:00pm – Heads Up, Upper Breach Wells, BA5 3QG

Book on Eventbright at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/time-to-change-somerset-champion-induction-session-tickets-60140433656

  • 1 May 2:00pm- 4:00pm – Albemarle Centre, Albemarle Road, Taunton, TA1 1BA

Book on Eventbright at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/time-to-change-somerset-champion-induction-session-tickets-60139733562


For more information, speak to Marc on:

(01823) 334 906

[email protected]


Author: Marc Lewis
Posted on: 9th April 2019

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