Bristol Wellbeing College

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 be registered with the Wellbeing College in advance.  If you are bringing someone along to support you, they do not need to register.

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

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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: Combatting Isolation

What is the session about?

This workshop explores the nature of isolation or loneliness and the reasons behind them. We look at ways to combat symptoms by discovering ways we can connect with ourselves and our lives, helping us feel more fulfilled, whether alone or in company.

Who is it for?

Anyone who feels a sense of sadness or depression as a result of isolation or loneliness or who feels they want to better connect with themselves. For those who may struggle or feel they have lost confidence and would like to find ways to increase their self-assurance.

How is it taught?

Through both group discussions and individual written exercises to encourage self-reflection. Group or paired practical activities to generate discussion and new ideas for people to take away and use. Throughout the session we explore our perceptions and beliefs in pairs and small group discussions with time for self reflection. We consider our body language and changing our physiology to help with confidence. We discuss strategies and develop a plan to move towards greater self-confidence.

What will be learnt?

An awareness of our comfort zone and what keeps us there. Reflecting on our strengths and some simple strategies to help us step out of our comfort and into our learning zone. With awareness we then have choice.

Location: Windmill Hill City Farm, Philip Street, Bedminster, BS3 4EA
Time: 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Date: 2 September 2019
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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.


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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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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:

Booking sessions

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.