Building Bridges to Wellbeing

Mental Health & Wellbeing Services in BANES - Survey Outcomes

In collaboration with KS2 Bath, we listened to 91 local people, who shared their personal views, experiences and ideas on accessing mental health and wellbeing services in BANES (11th Aug - 31st Oct 2021).


58 people completed an online or paper-based survey, whilst 33 people attended local focus groups (in collaboration with KS2 Bath, St Mungo’s Mulberry House, Bath Mind and AWP). We captured both the experiences of service users and carers/supporters. 




Through this feedback, we identified a number of key themes:

  1. Access to mental health services (GP, talking therapies, PCLS, secondary services) - both in terms of first-time access or re-accessing services

  2. Collaboration of organisations, including supporting transitions and information sharing

  3. Managing own mental health and wellbeing in the community (GPs, AWP, Virgin Care, Bath Mind and other wellbeing services/groups)

  4. The value of involvement / co-production in services, utilising those with mental health lived experience

  5. Equal access to services and meeting the needs of person-centred care

  6. Crisis support, inpatient care and discharge planning

For more information, see our initial report.

These themes will form the basis of discussions at our upcoming What's Going On event, Wed 17th Nov, 6:00pm - 8:30pm

'What's Going On' Event - 17th Nov

St Mungo’s and KS2 will be hosting a public event to enable providers of mental health services in BANES to discuss feedback with people affected by mental health issues and how service delivery is and can be developed to address local needs.


Wednesday 17th Nov,

6:00 - 8:30pm, 

Salvation Army, Bath


The Hope Guide - Autumn 21


St Mungo’s have released a new printed and virtual ‘Hope Guide - Autumn 2021’ edition. The guide contains a variety of signposting information about local mental health and wellbeing opportunities, groups and services. The guide also provides  first response community support, as well as local and national helplines. 

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Bridges to Wellbeing Update - August 2021

The latest Bridges to Wellbeing update is now available, including the newly released Virtual Hope Guide - Spring/Summer 2021 along with information on our latest training courses, including 'Safeguarding', 'Boundaries', 'Introduction to Supporting People with Mental Health Needs' and 'Become a Confident Virtual Classroom Trainer'

The St Mungo's 'Building Bridges to Wellbeing' team works innovatively and creatively with people who have a lived experience of mental health challenges, volunteers and other agencies to empower, inspire and promote independence and wellbeing. We support mental health and wellbeing pathways which enable the positive progression of clients and volunteers.  We do this by utilising:


Peer Mentoring - Enabling people who experience mental health challenges to access high quality peer support, from people with lived experience, especially at times of transition.  Mentees are helped to build their support networks and use their time meaningfully, improving their confidence & wellbeing while reducing feelings of anxiety, isolation and the chance of early relapse or deteriorating mental health.


Positive move on from inpatient ward – The Move on Worker enables people to positively move on from AWP’s mental health Sycamore inpatient Ward, as soon as their mental health has stabilised. Their work reduces unnecessary time on the ward and the likelihood of an individual returning.

A Peer Volunteering Service - providing and supporting:

  • Peer Volunteer Development - Facilitating and supporting services and groups to increase and improve Peer Volunteering opportunities.

  • Volunteer Training - Co-ordinating free training for volunteers, giving them the knowledge and confidence to successfully volunteer. We utilise the knowledge and skills of staff and peers, from a range of organisations and groups, to provide training. 

  • Volunteer Progression - Supporting organisations and groups to develop volunteer opportunities, enabling peer volunteers to progress. This progression could lead to education or employment.


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