From: Letty Anderton []
Sent: 06 February 2017 10:40
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Subject: North Bristol Health and Wellbeing E-bulletin – February 2017


Wellbeing in North Bristol

Welcome to February’s edition of the Wellbeing E-bulletin from Southmead Development Trust. We will be providing you with regular news of events and activities that promote health and wellbeing in Southmead and the north of Bristol.


This month – Mental Health and Sleep


We’ve all experienced the odd fretful night where we cannot seem to drift off, but what about when this extends to longer periods of sleeplessness?


Sleep is as important to our health as eating, drinking and breathing. It allows our bodies to repair themselves and our brains to consolidate our memories and process information. Poor sleep not only makes it difficult to focus and cope, it can also put you at risk of serious medical conditions including obesity, heart disease and diabetes.


As someone who knows this personally, I can tell you that sleep problems potentially have a huge impact upon your life. It’s always good to seek support from your GP when you’re struggling, but what else is out there that can help? Here’s a few suggestions:


  • Mind provides some helpful tips on their website on how to cope with sleep problems.
  • Moodjuice – a self-help guide to start to understand what may be underlying sleep issues and challenge unhelpful patterns of thinking
  • Headspacea mediation app that helps you master the art of relaxing your body and mind


Feeling sleepy? I do hope so.


Local events, activities and new community groups


Monday 13th February – ‘Challenge yourself to a Change’ this February! Join us at The Hub in Lockleaze to enjoy the film ‘Yes Man’ and take part in activities and conversations to make you think about the changes that you want from your life. From 1-4pm. Film not suitable for children under 12.

Thursday 16th February – entertain the kids this half term with a screening of the film Ratatouille at Southmead Community Centre. Real Economy will also be making some tasty snacks for you enjoy! Costs £1. Event from 12.30-4pm.

Monday March 27th – join Wellbeans Initiative for their event ‘Emotional Wellbeing in the Workplace event’. A chance to explore how to effectively tackle the issue of employee stress, mental health and emotional wellbeing in the workplace. From 9.30 – 12.30pm, City Hall, College Green. Contact for more details.

Fridays  ‘Women are ACE’  is a weekly group for women to improve emotional health and wellbeing. Runs from 10-11.30am at Faithspace, Prewitt Street, BS1 6PB. Travel can be refunded with a ticket.

Ongoing – find out about various clubs and courses running at Orchard School this year for parents at OSB and within the local community. See here for information about Couch to 5K, Returners to Netball, a conversation club for people wanting to improve English and more.



Courses and workshop


Recovery College

The Recovery College runs workshops across the city (Greenway Centre in North Bristol) on a variety of topics on mental health and wellbeing, from Confidence Building, Coping with Anxiety to Food and Mood and Mindfulness. Check out the website for a programme of courses on offer and their locations across the city.

Has Life Been Hard?

Hands on training delivered by Golden Key for groups in Bristol who may benefit from gaining more insight into anxiety and depression. This training offers the opportunity to learn a few practical tools from those who have been there. For more information, contact 0117 9166 551.




How do you make time for yourself?


As I continue this project I hear from more people across North Bristol to find out how they make times for themselves in their busy lives.


Check out our CASS website to see more community profiles and hear about the joys of gardening, table tennis and good old fashioned coffee and cake with friends!


If you or anyone you know would like to be involved, get in contact. Please help by sharing these posts on Facebook.


This e-bulletin is part of my wider work as a CASS networker in North Bristol. CASS works with community, equality and faith groups to raise awareness of mental health services. To find out more about CASS, check out our website



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