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Mental health services Christmas opening times

Mental health services Christmas opening times


In partnership with Bristol Anti-Stigma Alliance (BASA), Bristol Mental Health and Bristol CCG, BIMHN have been involved in the co-production of a guide to Christmas opening times of mental health services in Bristol. We recognise that the Christmas period can be especially difficult for some, and we hope this guide…
Crisis Line Open Forum

Crisis Line Open Forum


Get your voice heard at our next crisis line open forum! At 6pm on Wednesday 14th December, the next crisis line open forum will take place at the Station, Silver Street, Bristol. This is a follow up to our first very successful open meeting that took place on October 26th…
Crisis Line Update

Crisis Line Update


Concerns raised by Bristol Independent Mental Health Network (BIMHN) over the proposed changes to the crisis line are being addressed. In response to our petition, which over 4,400 people have signed, we have been meeting regularly with both Bristol Mental Health and Bristol CCG to ensure concerns raised are heard.…
Our response to latest Crisis Line Statement

Our response to latest Crisis Line Statement


We are disappointed by the recent statement released by Bristol Mental Health and Bristol CCG, which now states that the public crisis line will be closed. This is a u-turn on Bristol Mental Health's previous statement which said that the telephone service will not be cut, but "redesigned". Their latest…
Free reading group taster sessions

Free reading group taster sessions


Shared reading groups will be starting up in several libraries across Bristol from this September. These will be hosted by The Reader, an award-winning charitable social enterprise whose aim is to bring about a reading revolution, connecting people from all communities and backgrounds with great literature for improved well-being. The sessions are free…
Walking out of Darkness to raise awareness about suicide

Walking out of Darkness to raise awareness about suicide


A 10-mile walk between Bath and Bristol is taking place on Saturday 10th September, to mark World Suicide Prevention Day. 'Walking out of Darkness' - organised by charity CLASP - aims to highlight how we can all make a difference through communication, education and increasing awareness around mental health and suicide prevention,…
U-turn is made over crisis line - but there's still a long way to go

U-turn is made over crisis line - but there's still a long way to go


BIMHN says that monitoring any decisions around the crisis line is paramount, after Bristol Mental Health announces a u-turn over the closure of the phone service. We welcome the news that Bristol Mental Health (BMH) has made a u-turn over its decision to close its crisis line. BMH's announcement is in response…
Bristol's crisis line set to close

Bristol's crisis line set to close


Bristol Mental Health's (BMH) crisis line is set to close at the end of November, it has been announced. Bristol Independent Mental Health Network (BIMHN) are deeply concerned over the proposals, and are in close contact with both BMH and the Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) regarding the news. BMH's reason for…
Improving psychological services in primary care

Improving psychological services in primary care


Have you experienced depression and/or anxiety, and have accessed Bristol Wellbeing Therapies (formerly LIFT) or other IAPT services? A patient forum has been set up for people with these diagnoses to share their views about the service, and to feed back to the Psychological Therapies Health Integration Team (HIT) - a group of therapists, academics, commissioners,…
Launch event revealed for Freedom of Mind Festival

Launch event revealed for Freedom of Mind Festival


Details of Freedom of Mind Festival's launch party have finally been unveiled - and it's set to be quite an evening! Bristol based bands The Rupees and The Mirrors will be just some of the local talents taking to stage at the O2 Academy in Bristol on 30th September from 6pm.   The launch event…
Freedom of Mind teams up with Off the Record for mental health conference

Freedom of Mind teams up with Off the Record for mental health conference


Off The Record and Freedom of Mind Festival are collaborating to bring you a mental health conference like no other... On World Mental Health Day (October 10th), Off the Record and Freedom of Mind Festival are bringing young people and professionals together for a day of talks and workshops about improving youth mental…
Perinatal mental health service gets go ahead

Perinatal mental health service gets go ahead


BIMHN welcomes the news that a new community-based perinatal mental health service is due to be launching soon. Charity Bluebell Care and Maternity Voices have been involved in the development of the service, which has received new funding from NHS England's children's transformation money. The service aims to address the gap between lower…