Open Mental Health is a Somerset alliance of local voluntary organisations and the NHS. We are working in partnership to ensure that residents of Somerset get the support they need when they need it.
Our shared ambition is to ensure that people living with mental health problems get the right support at the right time. Working together we support people to live a full life. We enable access to specialist mental health services, housing support, debt, benefits and employment advice, volunteering opportunities, community activities and physical exercise to help support and improve their wellbeing and quality of life.
As a key partner of Open Mental Health Citizens Advice are working closely with other charities and mental health teams so that we can all play a role in supporting someone to improve their wellbeing.
The Citizens Advice team’s role is focused on meeting the advice needs that are causing distress or problems. These are varied and may include housing, money, benefits, employment – or any other matter.
The advice team working on this partnership service are skilled and qualified advisers who are also very experienced in working sensitively and supportively with people experiencing mental ill-health.
More information on the Somerset Mental Health Alliance will be available soon.
If you would like to use the service please contact us directly by sending an email to Ian Bramley our team leader: [email protected]
What to do if you need urgent mental health help…
If you are concerned about how you are feeling, please contact Somerset Mindline on 01823 276 892.The Mindline Helpline is open 7 days a week. If you are concerned about calling watch this short video which introduces the service.
Andrew Pritchard from Mind in Somerset and a member of the Somerset Mental Health Alliance said:
“We recognise that it’s crucial that people can access support for their mental health during these unprecedented times. The pandemic is affecting all us, but our message is that if you need someone to talk to, then support is there for you.
A call to Mindline is the first step, it’s a confidential listening service where you can talk about what you’re experiencing and share your worries and concerns. If you need more support, we can introduce you to other organisations who can help.”
Everyone’s mental wellbeing changes throughout their life, but it’s important never to just put up with poor mental health. The Every Mind Matters website has a dedicated section on Coronavirus and has lots of simple steps you can follow to look after your mental health and wellbeing. Find out more at: