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Published: 2nd November 2020

COVID Lockdown 6th Jan 2021

As announced by the Prime Minister on 4th January 2021, there will be a new national lockdown commencing from Wednesday 6th January in response to a rise in cases of Coronavirus following identification of a new, more transmissible strain.

For now, please continue to attend appointments as advised. You don’t need to call us to check that a booked appointment is going ahead. We will be in touch if anything changes with your care.  If you are experiencing coronavirus symptoms, please use the government portal to book a test. It is important that you and anyone you live with continue to self-isolate until you get a test result. You can find more information, support and guidance on testing here.

Think Hands, Face, Space – washing your hands regularly, using a face mask in areas where social distancing is difficult, and keeping 2 metres’ space between you and others will all help to reduce the spread of the virus.

If you have a continuous cough or fever, self-isolate and contact 111 if you need further advice or help.

If you need medical help, please contact your registered GP practice or 111. Support can be accessed online at 111.nhs.uk or you can call 111 for free form your landline or phone.

The Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership wellbeing line is open 24 hours a day for mental health and emotional wellbeing support: 0300 303 1320.

Please only call 999 in the event of a medical emergency. Only go to A&E if you experience a medical emergency or if 111 or your GP has advised you to do so.

Information on opening times for the Chippenham, Paulton, Swindon and Trowbridge Minor Injuries Units please click here. For minor illnesses, please contact your GP practice.

If you live in BSW and have questions, please use the contact information you already have, as community care services are unlikely to change for the time being.

If you are self-isolating or require additional support, contact the following numbers to be put in touch with local groups who can help with fetching shopping, medication and other essentials supplies, as well as other mutual aid:  BaNES Compassionate Community Hub: 0300 247 0050 / bathnes.thehub@virgincare.co.uk

We know how tough it is going into another lockdown and we are here to support you with your mental wellbeing during this difficult time.

Please remember to Stay Home, Protect the NHS and Save Lives.

Published: 5th October 2020

New Online Courses

We are pleased to share that we are now offering a selection of group courses using Microsoft Teams online.

Upcoming courses include:

  • Stress and Mood Management (3 sessions)
  • Managing Panic (1 session)
  • Wellbeing in the Workplace (1 session)

Please click here to select and book onto a course.

Published: 28th August 2020

Opportunity to take part in the GLAD study

GLAD study

The Genetic Links to Anxiety and Depression (GLAD) study, the largest ever study of anxiety and depression, is now OPEN, click here to find out more.

Anyone eligible (see criteria below) can take part.

Please select 'Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health NHS Partnership Trust' from the drop-down menu when asked where the study was advertised.

To take part in the GLAD Study, participants must:

  • Have experienced symptoms of anxiety and/or depression during their lifetime
  • Be aged 16 and above
  • Live in the UK

The GLAD study enrolment process consists of four steps:

  • Reading the information sheet
  • Providing consent
  • Completing a questionnaire
  • Providing a saliva sample (Sending saliva kits is currently on hold, but the other three steps can still be completed)

Please sign up here: https://gladstudy.org.uk/

A helpful video explaining more about the study: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=4&v=SAE0yVNvWaA&feature=emb_logo

 

 

Published: 14th May 2020

COVID-19

Please be advised that we are still operating a telephone service. If you feel you would benefit from an appointment please call us on 01225 675150 to book an appointment.

Published: 13th March 2020

Covid 19 Update - All group courses have now been cancelled.

All one to one appointments in the service will now be over the telephone. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Local Support

Mind Breathing Space phone line support service 5:30pm-11:30pm 01225 983110.

Compassion Community Hub advice line 03002470050

Wellbeing College wellbeing resources, Live online support group meet-up, Live online meditation class.

Wellbeing Options website of supplies and meal services.

Food Banks

Top tips on anxiety management during COVID19

It is OK to feel vulnerable and overwhelmed as we read the news about the outbreak, especially if you have experienced trauma or a mental health problem in the past, or if you have a long-term physical health condition that makes you more vulnerable to the effects of the coronavirus.

  • Limit the amount of time you spend reading/watching the news/social media about the virus. Consider muting or unfollowing accounts or hashtags that cause you to feel anxious.
  • Use trusted sources of information. You can get up-to-date information and advice on the virus; https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus.
  • Try to stay connected - Try and keep in touch with your friends and family, by telephone, email or social media, or contact a helpline for emotional support.
  • Focus on the things you can do to look after our physical and mental health; We should be aware of avoiding increasing habits that may not be helpful in the long term, like smoking and drinking. Do stress management techniques, keep active and eat a balanced diet.

Resources

Advice on how to look after your mental health;

Focus on problem solving and the things you can do to feel more in control: Problem solving booklet by CCI

Try and practice mindfulness/ grounding techniques such as 5,4,3,2,1 – when feeling overwhelmed:

Use PMR for muscle relaxation: PMR on CCI

Managing worry and uncertainty; Anxiety and worry booklet on CCI, Anxiety and worry worksheet on CCI

Financial advice

Gov.uk advice for employees and employers

Advice for the self employed https://www.investinbath.co.uk/covid19

Banes Council Welfare support

Debt advice Step Change

Financial advice Money Advice Service

 

 

Published: 10th March 2020

New Course Booking System

Please be aware that we have updated the way in which you book onto our courses via the website. You are now requesting a place on a course and we will send you a text or letter to confirm your place once it has been booked.

Published: 4th March 2020

Apologies our phone line is down

We are experiencing technical difficulties with our phone line. The technicians are currently working on fixing it. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Published: 23rd December 2019

Employment Support

We have a team dedicated to support your employment goals whether you are in work, wanting to return to work or find work. Ask your Therapist for more details at your next appointment or call us on 01225 675150 to book an initial appointment.

Published: 1st November 2019

Course Bookings

We are currently experiencing some difficulties with our course booking system. If you are experiencing difficulties with booking onto a course via our website please call the admin team on 01225 675150 to reserve your space.

Published: 10th July 2019

Courses for Chronic Pain

We now have a range of courses available to book onto for people experiencing chronic pain.

Upcoming courses include:

  • Mindfulness for Chronic Pain (3 sessions)
  • Living Well with Chronic Pain (4 sessions)

Just click 'Book a Course' to get started!