Welcome to our range of welbeing workshops available for anyone who is accessing or has been discharged from any of the Bristol Mental Health Services. Our workshops are also available to anyone who cares for a Bristol Mental Health service user.
Our live, interactive sessions are delivered via the free video conferencing application, Zoom which you can download to your device here: https://zoom.us/download.
The workshops will generally be discussion-based, providing the opportunity for us to connect with one another and share our ideas or work we’ve accomplished in relation to the video sessions. Topics, dates and times can be found below.
Achieve, Connect & Enjoy (ACE)
Achieve, Connect, Enjoy (better known as ACE) is a recovery-focused tool which can help us create a sense of balance in our lives. Through using this tool we can acknowledge what we do well and identify areas for improvement.
|Thu 9 Jul||Zoom Live Session||2pm - 3pm|
|Fri 24 Jul||Zoom Live Session||11:30am - 12:30pm|
Be Present Sessions
Our ‘Be Present’ series comprises of eight mini sessions that explore the different ways we can achieve a focused awareness. The sessions incorporate elements of mindfulness and meditation practice that bring us back to the present moment. These help to focus our attention, improve our self-awareness and let go of unnecessary anxieties, thought processes and distractions that keep us from living in the now. Sessions are stand-alone so you can sign up to as many or as few as you like.
|Tue 7 Jul||Intro & Breathing||11:30am - 12:15pm|
|Tue 14 Jul||Self Check-in||11:30am - 12:15pm|
|Tue 21 Jul||Five Senses Meditation||11:30am - 12:15pm|
|Tue 28 Jul||Appreciation Meditation||11:30am - 12:15pm|
Coping with Anxiety
Within these sessions we will explore common causes of anxiety and discover some simple techniques to help relieve the symptoms of anxiety. We will also identify some useful tools and actions for you to take away and try out.
|Mon 20 Jul||2pm - 3pm|
|Fri 31 Jul||11:30am - 12:30pm|
Taking elements from our in-depth three-session course, this one hour session introduces the Recovery Concept – the idea that people can and do recover from mental illness - and its key principles, including empowerment, hope and optimism. We will explore tools we can use to develop these areas and sketch out a personal action plan for managing depression, using some of these ideas.
|Mon 13 Jul||2pm - 3pm|
|Wed 29 Jul||2pm - 3pm|
Mindful Portraits (Art Session)
These sessions are all about relaxing, letting go and creating simple drawings using a continuous line. Working from images provided on screen, it is a chance to enjoy the simple pleasure of making marks on paper and create some expressive and often entertaining portraits. No previous experience or drawing skills required.
|Mon 6 Jul||2pm - 2:45pm|
|Wed 15 Jul||2pm - 2:45pm|
|Thu 23 Jul||2pm - 2:45pm|
Our Stress Management sessions follow the 'Stress Bucket' analogy. We explore some general causes of stress, recognise personal helpful and unhelpful coping strategies and explore how to develop the helpful ones.
|Fri 10 Jul||11:30am - 12:30pm|
|Thu 30 Jul||2pm - 3pm|
Ways to Wellbeing
Improve wellbeing and mental health with five simple, practical tools that can easily be incorporated into daily life and which provide benefits to all.
|Wed 8 Jul||2pm - 3pm|
If you would like to know more about our wellbeing sessions why not join us for one of our cafe sessions. Within these sessions we take an informal approach to the welbeing exercises from the various sessions we run at the college.
|Every Tuesday||2pm - 3pm|
Writing for Wellbeing
In our Writing for Wellbeing sessions, we get in touch with our creative side to explore our world through written word. During a time when we may feel stuck or isolated, writing provides a platform to connect with others and discover a form of freedom through expression. Within this series, we explore and connect with three elements of our being: the senses, the memory and the emotions. We round off the series with a session dedicated to writing stories on a chosen theme.
|Wed 22 Jul||Memory||2pm - 3pm|