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Live Sessions

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.

To get the most out of the live sessions we recommend that you take a look at the related pre-recorded YouTube session on our online resources page.

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.

For more information on eligibility or for technical advice on how to access Zoom before sessions call us on 0117 914 5498 or email bristol.wellbeing.college@second-step.co.uk

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 JulZoom Live Session2pm - 3pm
Fri 24 JulZoom Live Session11:30am - 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.

DateSession FocusTime
Tue 7 JulIntro & Breathing11:30am - 12:15pm
Tue 14 JulSelf Check-in11:30am - 12:15pm
Tue 21 JulFive Senses Meditation11:30am - 12:15pm
Tue 28 JulAppreciation Meditation11:30am - 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 Jul2pm - 3pm
Fri 31 Jul11:30am - 12:30pm


Managing Depression

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 Jul2pm - 3pm
Wed 29 Jul2pm - 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 Jul2pm - 2:45pm
Wed 15 Jul2pm - 2:45pm
Thu 23 Jul2pm - 2:45pm


Stress Management

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 Jul11:30am - 12:30pm
Thu 30 Jul2pm - 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 Jul2pm - 3pm


Wellbeing Cafe

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 Tuesday2pm - 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.

DateSession FocusTime
Wed 22 JulMemory2pm - 3pm

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 >