Every Mind Matters


Every Mind Matters

Everyday wellbeing is about how we think, feel and behave. Looking after our state of mind is just as important as taking care of our body, yet most of us manage our physical health far better than our mental health.

Everyday wellbeing is about how we think, feel and behave. Looking after our state of mind is just as important as taking care of our body, yet most of us manage our physical health far better than our mental health.

Every Mind Matters is a new practical resource to help you discover simple steps to look after your mental health.

It will provide you with free on-line information on many wellbeing topics and help you reflect on your own circumstances. If you choose, it can support you with a personalised Mind Plan to see what you can do to help yourself or a relative, friend or colleague.

Wellbeing isn’t something you have, but something you do. Every Mind Matters is one resource that is trying to help everyone to feel more confident in taking action to take care of their mental health and wellbeing.  Nobody feels blissfully happy and thinks positive thoughts all the time. Having good wellbeing is about being able to enjoy life and cope with its challenges. Understanding wellbeing is closely linked to understanding your experiences.

Experiencing a good balance of positive to negative emotions, and judging that your life is going well, are key parts of feeling good. Doing activities that help you to experience a sense of meaning and purpose, a sense of control over your own life, and strong relationships with others, are key parts of functioning well. Wellbeing research shows that experiencing positive emotions over time can build up these internal personal resources.

Five Ways to Wellbeing

The Five Ways to Wellbeing can help you remember and learn how to look after your wellbeing:

1. Stay Connected
2. Keep Learning
3. Stay Active
4. Take Notice
5. Give


Somerset Resources

Below are links to help you find information, advice, support and inspiration in Somerset to promote good mental health and wellbeing.


Little Book of Mental Health – A practical guide for Everyday Emotional Wellbeing including a list of national and local organisations.

Lifehacks – a group of Somerset young people have spent time together talking about mental health and how it affects them. They’ve been thinking about how to help themselves to manage their own mental health and how to help their friends when they’re struggling too. So they’ve come up with a set of LifeHacks to help you and your friends keep mentally healthy!

Local support

Having knowledge about mental health is one thing but knowing and understanding what you need to do to support your emotional health, can seem more of a challenge

Be gentle with yourself. There are generally no instant solutions to problems in life. Solving problems involves, time, energy and work. If you are able to take an active role in helping yourself, it should help your situation. Self-help creates self-determination.

In this section we have tried to list a real range of local and specialist national services, activities and groups that are there to help you help yourself or a family member, friend or colleague.

District Directories – covering all aspects of district life

Specialist Local and  National Numbers 

AgeUK Somerset (over 60’s) –
Info & Advice 01823 345613
Local independent charity which works to make later life enjoyable in Somerset and North Somerset.

Albemarle Centre 01823 643 4709
Daily activities, social clubs and training

Balsam Centre 01963 31 842
Community wellbeing and children’s centre

Aspergers Team 01823 368 396
A dedicated service to those affected by Autism.

Assist Trauma Care 01788 560800
ASSIST Trauma Care employs experienced therapists trained to work with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Autism Helpline 0808 800 4104
The Autism Helpline enquiry service provides impartial, confidential information along with advice and support for autistic people and their families and carers.

Beat eating disorders 0808 801 0677
Beat is the UK’s eating disorder charity.
B-eat Youthline 0808 801 0711
Support for under 18’s.

Bridging the Gap 01823 334906
A support and advocacy project for residents of Taunton Deane housing who have mental health issues.

Citizen’s Advice 0344 488 9623
Central number to connect to any local branch

Local Citizen’s Advice Information:
West Somerset
Separate telephone number 0800 802 1808

Combat Stress helpline 0800 138 1619
A team of specially-trained professionals are available day&night to provide free confidential advice and support for those who are serving currently or who have served in the UK Armed Forces.

Compassionate Friends 0345 123 2304
Support for bereaved families.

Community Legal Advice 0345 345 4345
Free and confidential advice from Civil Legal Advice (CLA) as part of legal aid if
you’re in England or Wales.

County Courts (Taunton) 01823 281110

CRUSE (Street) 01458 898 211
Cruse Bereavement Care is the leading national charity for bereaved people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Domestic Abuse Support Somerset 0800 6949 999

Disability Law Service 0207 791 9800
Provide free legal advice to people with disabilities and their carers to ensure that they have access to their rights and justice.

Diversity Voice 03000 750 105
Supporting All BME communities through advice, education, consultation and integration. EAL support in schools, preschools for BME communities.

Elim Community Connect Centre 01749 677 097

Equilibrium – Bipolar Disorder Somerset 01823 323363
Providing support and advice for those with Bipolar Disorder.

Farming Community Network 03000 111 999
Local branch 01934 712 128
The Farming Community Network (FCN) is a voluntary organisation and charity that supports farmers and families within the farming community through difficult times.

Foundation House 01823 368350
Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist mental health services for adults living with conditions such as severe depression, psychosis, complex trauma or severe anxiety.

Heads Up Wells 01749 670667
Heads Up is a local charity working with individuals across the Mendip area who are affected by mental health issues and other difficulties.

Healthwatch 01278 264 405
Independent health and care champion

JobCentrePlus 0845 604 3719
Taunton 0800 169 0190

Josephine’s Star
Support to children and their families in Somerset when someone special has died.

KOOTH in Somerset
A provider of online mental health services for children, young people and adults.

LawCare 0800 279 6888
LawCare supports and promotes good mental health and wellbeing in the legal community throughout the UK.

Liaison and Diversion Service 01278 411860
The Liaison and Diversion Service (LADS), previously known as the Court Assessment Service. LADS provide assessment and advice for people aged 18+, either whilst in Police Custody or appearing in the criminal courts (Magistrates Court and Crown Court) in Somerset, where there are concerns or issues around mental health.

LGBT Foundation Advice & Support 0345 3 303030
A national charity delivery advice, support and information services to lesbian, gay bisexual and trans (LGBT) communities.

Licensed Trade Charity 0808 801 0550
The Licensed Trade Charity helps pub, bar and brewery people when they are in need of help. They provide support for people who are facing a crisis with practical, emotional and financial support.

Lighthouse Victim Care 101 OR 0800 555 111
Lighthouse is a team of staff from the Somerset police and victim support organisations, working together to guide, advise and support victims and witnesses.

Mankind 01823 334244
A confidential helpline available for all men across the UK suffering from domestic violence or domestic abuse by their current or former wife or partner (including same-sex partner).

Mediation Somerset 01363 777734
Trained professionals who can help to resolve disputes.

Mendip Health Connectors 01373 468 368
Support for health and wellbeing in Mendip

Men in Sheds – find a local ‘Shed’

Military Mental Health helpline 0800 138 1619
Advice and support for serving personnel and their families.

Mind InfoLine 0300 123 3393
Mind Infoline and Legal Line are confidential services, we want you to feel safe when you talk to us.

MindLine Trans+ Helpline 0300 330 5468
MindLine Trans+ is a confidential emotional, mental health support helpline and signposting service for people who identify as Trans, A Gender, Gender Fluid, Non-binary.

Mindline (Somerset) 01823 276 892
Mindline Somerset is an out of hours helpline in Somerset that is a confidential listening service providing a safe place to talk if you, or someone you know, is in distress.

National Domestic Abuse 0808 2000 247
The Freephone 24 Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline, run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge, is a national service for women experiencing domestic violence, their family, friends, colleagues and others calling on their behalf.

National Paranoia Network 0114 271 8210
Providing support and advice.

NHS helpline 111

NHS Go Smoke Free 0300 123 1044
Help and advice for those wishing to give up smoking.

New Leaf 07590 684888
Workplace Wellbeing

OCD action 0845 390 6232
OCD Action provides support and information to anyone affected by OCD.

On My Mind 020 7794 2313
On My Mind aims to empower young people to make informed choices about the mental health support they want, the treatments they receive and the outcomes they desire.

Open Door 01823 271996
A Taunton Charity for people who are homeless, most of whom are rough sleepers.

Paladin – Stalking Advocacy Service 020 3866 4107
Paladin is a trauma-informed service established to assist high risk victims of stalking in England and Wales.

Papyrus 0800 068 41 41
Papyrus is a charity aimed at preventing young suicide.

Parent and Carer Toolkit
Website to support Somerset parents and carers to find information needed to help with the job of ‘being a parent’

PROMISEWorks 0300 3651900
PROMISEworks supports a team of trained volunteers who provide a Somerset-wide mentoring service for some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged young people in the county.


Recovery College
Somerset wellbeing and learning community. Developing life skills in order to experience good mental health, for people with lived experience of mental health difficulties, their family and friends, and the professionals who support them.

Relate 0300 100 1234
Relationship counselling

Rethink mental illness 01823 354 879 or
01823 351516

Rethink Advice Line 0300 5000 927

Richard Huish College Learning Support 01823 320836
A local Taunton college.

Rusty Road to Recovery 0737 601 4007
Restoring classic cars and motorbikes for wellbeing

Samaritans 116 123
24 hour confidential emotional support
Somerset has branches in South Somerset and Taunton

Seed of Hope 0796 981 6110
Growing mental health recovery

Sensory Loss Team 0300 123 2224
Providing support and advice on sensory loss.

Shout (text service) 85258
Shout is the UK’s first free 24/7 text service for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help.

Somerset Direct 0300 123 2224
Adults and Children/Young People

Somerset Carers Network 
Mental Health (Mendip) 01749 836606
Somerset 0800 31 68 600
The SCN provide a comprehensive range of services for carers.

Somerset & Avon Rape & Sexual
Abuse Service (SARSAS)
(Women & Girls) 0808 801 0456
(Men & Boys) 0808 801 0464
SARSAS are a specialist support service for people in Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset, Somerset, or South Gloucestershire, who have experienced any form of sexual violence, at any point in their lives.

Somerset Choices
Information and advice on a wide range of services

Somerset Counselling Centre 01823 337049
SCC provides a safe place to talk to a skilled counsellor.

Somerset Drug & Alcohol Service 0300 303 8788
SDAS is a countywide service for both young people and adults. It has six main hubs across Somerset.

Somerset Dyslexia Assoc.
Helpline Adults 01227 792032
Somerset Dyslexia Association (SDA) is run by a group of local, friendly volunteers. They support children and their families, students and adults who are experiencing difficulty with reading and writing.

Somerset Mental Wellbeing Service 01823 255917
Guidance for staff
SMWS aims to support individuals across Somerset to improve and maintain their mental wellbeing through access to community resources and opportunities.

Somerset Talking Therapies –
Bridgwater 01278 435853
Chard 01460 238756
Taunton 01823 346135
Wells 01749 836705
STT offer a wide range of treatments for adults 18 years of age and over who are registered with a GP surgery in the Somerset area.

SWISH 0300 124 5010
NHS sexual health services designed for people of all ages living in Somerset.

Somerset Parent Partnership
(SENDIAS) 01823 355 578
Somerset SENDIAS (Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Information, Advice and Support) can give children, young people (aged 0 to 25) and their parent carers information, advice and support about SEND.

Somerset Suicide Bereavement Support Service 0300 330 5463
SSBSS aims to help people in the Somerset area who have been bereaved by suicide.

Somerset & Wessex Eating Disorder Association (SWEDA) 01749 343344
SWEDA (Somerset & Wessex Eating Disorders Association) is a regional charity supporting those affected by eating disorders across Somerset.

SSAFA 0800 731 4880
SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, exists to relieve need, suffering and distress amongst the Armed Forces, veterans and their families in order to support their independence and dignity.

STEP (Somerset Team for Early Psychosis) 01823 368555
The Somerset Team for Early Psychosis (STEP) is a specialist service for people experiencing, or at high risk of developing, their first episode of psychosis.

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) 0300 111 5065
Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide exist to meet the needs and break the isolation experienced by those bereaved by suicide.

SWAN Advocacy 0333 344 7928
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An independent advocacy charity working across Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Bath & North East Somerset (B&NES).

Taunton Association for the Homeless – ARC 01823 271326
An organisation set up to house, assist and empower homeless people in Somerset.

Taunton Counselling Service 01823 282774
A group of professional counsellors who believe that everyone should have access to high quality counselling irrespective of someone’s ability to pay.

Time to Change in Somerset
Join local group to become a Time To Change Ambassador and support the campaign to challenge mental health stigma

Victoria Park Community Centre 01278 422 255
Community activities for all ages in Bridgewater

WATCH project 07506 238540
WATCH CIC is a community interest company, which means that everything it does must be for the benefit of the community and in particular we focus on helping people who are disadvantaged, isolated or vulnerable.

Wellington Community Counselling
Wellington Community Counselling (WCC) offers free and/or affordable adult, family and child therapeutic services.

Zing Somerset
Local sports and activities website

Information about local mental health services – for when you need additional professional support

Talking Therapies Service – www.somersettalkingtherapies.nhs.uk

Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

Adult social care – for people over 18 years who have care or support needs social care and health

Support services in the community

Somerset Village and Community Agents to provide confidential, practical and community based solutions for you, wherever you are in Somerset

Somerset Mental Wellbeing Service – promoting mental health through connecting with your community

Promoting mental health and wellbeing in Somerset 

Somerset County Council, Public Health Team delivers a programme of free mental health  and wellbeing activities  focusing on developing emotional resilience, purpose and participation. Please feel free to browse and join in..

Reading Well – Books on Prescription

Reading Well supports you to understand and manage your health and wellbeing using reading. The books are all chosen and endorsed by health experts, as well as by people living with the conditions covered.
Reading Well Books on Prescription is a national scheme delivered locally by Public Health and Library Services. Each library has access to the Reading Well books for adults and Young People.
Look out for the special health book collections that will also be touring a library near you.

Shared Reading Groups

Shared reading is a unique experience that helps people to connect, feel good and live well.
A group of people, one of them a trained Reader Leader, reads a great novel, short story or poem aloud. The group stop and talk about what they have read. There is no need for group members to read aloud or speak – it’s fine to just listen. The idea is to create a space where people feel at ease.

Reading the literature aloud in real-time, means that everyone is involved in a shared, live experience. Group members are encouraged by the Reader Leader to respond personally, sharing feelings, thoughts and memories provoked by the reading.

Everyone experiences the text in their own way, but the literature provides a shared language that can help us to understand ourselves – and others – better.

List of groups

Shared Reading Groups

Wellbeing Zones

Somerset Library service has dedicated space in both Taunton and Yeovil Library for a Wellbeing Zone. They have been specially designed to be comfortable, welcoming and safe, with expert health information and a collection of health-related books. There will also be free space for health and wellbeing organisations to host health-related activities and events. Please ask the information desk in Taunton and Yeovil Library for more information.

Somerset Nature and Wellbeing Project

Being outside and enjoying nature is both enjoyable and good for us. Somerset has a wealth of natural environments which people can enjoy and gain the benefits that getting closer to the natural world can bring.
A resource, listing all the organisations that offer nature based support is in development.

In the meantime please go to https://www.quantockhills.com/projects

Parent and Carer Toolkit

Being a parent can be the most wonderful job in the world but at some point all parents need a bit of help. Finding the right information and support can be difficult so, with the help of some Somerset parents and carers, we have identified the issues that most affect families and then gathered together the best web-based information and local support to help tackle some of these issues.

Time To Change Hub

The Time To Change Hub in Somerset is a social movement working to change the way people think and act about mental health in Somerset. The Time to Change Somerset Hub is a partnership of local organisations and people who are committed to ending mental health stigma and discrimination.

How can I get involved?
• Become a Time to Change Champion
• Apply for the Champions Fund to help run stigma busting events and activities
• Get involved in our work supporting children and young people
• Find out how we can support employers to sign up to the Time to Change Employers Pledge