11 September 2015
Bristol Wellbeing Therapies is launched
One of Bristol Mental Health's services is
Bristol Wellbeing Therapies has taken over LIFT Psychology and
as well as the new name, it has a new website, a renewed focus on
improving the range and accessibility of group services, and a
reduced waiting time to boot.
"We have already reduced the time people have to wait for an
assessment to less than two weeks and our aim is to get this
waiting time to less than one week," said Rick Cooper, manager of
Bristol Wellbeing Therapies.
The service, which is part of Bristol Mental Health, is the
gateway to a range of talking therapies for adults who have
difficulties with anxiety and depression. Therapies are provided by
organisations including Oasis Talk, Second Step, Missing Link,
Nilaari, Wellspring and Womankind.
Some of the free, psycho-educational courses available include
anger management, anxiety management, low mood and improving
self-esteem, and all are based on the Cognitive Behavioural
Therapy model. After an initial assessment, an appropriate course
is suggested depending on an individual's personal
"We are going to be starting courses at new venues across the
city so that members of harder-to-reach communities can still
access this valuable service," Rick said. He explained that Bristol
Wellbeing Therapies is now 'more integrated' into the Bristol
Mental Health system, meaning that referral and access to services
should be easier and more streamlined.
'Individuals are welcome to get in touch with us directly using
the details on our website or by giving us a call. A GP will also
be able to help you get in touch.'
If you or someone you know is interested in attending one of the
courses offered by Bristol Wellbeing Therapies, or you would like
some advice, contact them on 0117 982 3209 Monday - Thursday
between 8am and 8pm and Friday between 8am and 5pm. Alternatively,
visit their website, at https://iapt-bristol.awp.nhs.uk/.
Contact: Sarah Pritchard, Communications Officer - Bristol
Bristol Mental Health /
Working days: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
Bristol Mental Health
System Leadership team
1 Colston Fort
Bristol BS6 5UB
t: 07789 031617