Coronavirus update

The wellbeing of our learners continues to be of utmost importance to us, that’s why we’re offering a variety of new online resources and live sessions during the Covid pandemic.

Welcome to our virtual Wellbeing College

Our virtual college resources are available for anyone wanting to look after their mental health and wellbeing during this challenging time, as well as for our existing learners from Bristol and clients from North Somerset Wellbeing Services.

You’ll find a range of online resources from maintaining wellbeing and creative writing to mindful breathing. We’ll be updating our resources regularly, so please make sure you visit often and follow our Facebook and YouTube channels.

If you are already enrolled as one of our Bristol Wellbeing College learners, you can also access our new live zoom sessions and join our Facebook community where you can connect with like-minded people. To become an enrolled learner  you must be receiving support from Bristol Mental Health services, or be a carer of someone who receives support. Contact us to find out if you are eligible.

We hope you all keep safe and well during this difficult time.  If you have any questions please get in touch: or 0117 914 5498 or 0333 023 3504

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Enrol for a session

If you are a Bristol Wellbeing College enrolled learner you can sign up for one of our interactive live Zoom sessions for tips and tools on how to maintain wellbeing, mood and creative spark during the pandemic

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Course name: Mindful Portraits Art Session

What is the session about?

This session is 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.

Who is it for?

This session is for anyone who would like to explore art and craft for relaxation and self expression. People will also learn about the benefits of engaging with creative right brain modes of thinking.

How is it taught?

This session involves drawing a portrait in a continuous line without taking the pen off the paper.  Later we do the exercise without looking at our drawing as we draw, just focusing on the image onscreen we are copying, after that we add a little tone and texture using techniques such as cross hatching.

No previous experience or drawing skills required.

Materials required.

  • A4 paper (ideally plain) 10 sheets
  • A book or clipboard to rest on
  • Black fineliner pen (if not a black biro or felt tip)

What will be learnt?

A better understanding of how (with a little relaxing, letting go) we can engage our creative right brain and quieten our critical left brain through art and self expression.

Location: Zoom Live Session
Time: 14:00 to 14:45
Date: 14 September 2020
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About the college

Second Step set up the Bristol Wellbeing College in 2014. It aims to give people who receive support from Bristol Mental Health services the recovery principles and practices to help them move forward in their lives. You can enrol to become a learner by emailing our team on or calling 0117 914 5498.

To be eligible, you must be receiving support from Bristol Mental Health services, or be a carer of someone who receives support.

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