Bristol Wellbeing College

From North Somerset? We also run a wellbeing service in North Somerset based on our Wellbeing College principles.

Bristol Wellbeing College is a place of wellbeing and learning for anyone interested in exploring ways to improve their mental health. Workshops and courses are free of charge to people receiving support from any of the organisations which deliver Bristol Mental Health services, including their carers. We’re proud that 90% of Bristol Wellbeing College learners report an improvement in their mental health and wellbeing.

You can find more information about the college, eligibility and enrolment here.

Please note: To attend sessions, you must complete our online booking form. Regretfully, Bristol Wellbeing College is unable to admit learners who are not enrolled.

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Our sessions

We have designed a colour-coded system so you can easily see which sessions are most appropriate for your own recovery journey.

Lighter sessions encouraging self expression, including through the use of sensory tools and activities.

Focused sessions providing helpful tools and strategies for better mental wellbeing.

In-depth sessions offering self-reflection, activities and tools to continue moving forward.

Sessions calendar

All our workshops, courses and activities are can be found below. Please click on the session title for more details.

You can also look at our current prospectus here.

Course name: Coping With Anxiety COURSE FULL

What is the session about?

This course examines the effects that a mental health diagnosis may have on our identity and sense of who we are. Over the three sessions, we look into what is lost or what changes with a diagnosis, the impact of symptoms and stigma and how we can address these. We explore tools to help us live a more fulfilling life with a mental health diagnosis through self-empowerment and knowledge.


Who is it for?

People who have been diagnosed with a mental health condition and might be feeling confused about where to go next on their personal journey, or those who have already been living with a diagnosis and are interested in exploring and sharing their experiences and news ways to move forward in their lives with a diagnosis.


How is it taught?

Interactive and creative activities, such as exploring our ‘identity hats’ and deconstructing our ‘identity television’. Reading and group discussion around the pros and cons of diagnosis and individual written exercises for self-reflection on accomplishments, values and individuality. Group practise of using some of the tools and techniques suggested for self-empowerment and acceptance.


What will be learnt?

A clearer understanding of identity and what it means to you, a better recognition of the positive aspects of diagnosis, coping strategies to build a more positive relationship with your diagnosis and treatment and a sense of self-empowerment to move forward.


Location: Windmill Hill City Farm, Philip Street, Bedminster, BS3 4EA
Time: 14:00 to 16:30
Date: 17 February 2020
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Shane's story

"I can laugh at myself and with people"

Since getting involved with the Wellbeing College, Shane’s outlook on life has changed dramatically. Watch this short video to find out more.

 

For more stories visit the Wellbeing College blog >

About the college

Bristol Wellbeing College was launched in 2014 by Second Step with the aim of giving people the recovery principles and practices to help them move forward in their lives.

Our wellbeing sessions include a range of short one-off workshops and longer multi-session courses held over a number of weeks. From managing depression, combatting isolation and writing for wellbeing, all the sessions help learners to gain a greater understanding of mental health problems, as well as developing the skills and strategies to improve self-management and recovery.

All of our workshops and courses are friendly and welcoming and are held in a variety of accessible venues across Bristol. All sessions have been designed and created by people who have experience of mental health problems, as well as mental health professionals. The College works with a number of like-minded organisations across the city.

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Eligibility

All workshops, courses and activities are free of charge to people receiving support from any of the organisations delivering Bristol Mental Health services, as well as to their carers. If you have any queries regarding eligibility please call us on 0117 914 5498 or email us at: bristol.wellbeing.college@second-step.co.uk

Attending Sessions and Learners' Charter

We are unable to accept walk-ins (people turning up to sessions on the day).
If you turn up on the day and your name isn't on the register, you may be asked to attend on another mutually agreed date. For more information, please read our learners' charter which provides learners with clear guidance on what to expect from Bristol Wellbeing College.

If you are interested in attending any of our wellbeing sessions please enrol here.