Changes Bristol Ltd

Peer Support Groups for Mental Wellbeing

Changes Bristol, a peer led mental health charity provides free, open access support groups giving people suffering from mental distress a place to talk and take steps toward improving their lives and mental wellbeing. Ran by people with lived experience, the groups are safe and non-judgmental.

Donations open 12:00 PM, 3 December 2019 to 12:00 PM, 10 December 2019

open_in_new http://www.changesbristol.org.uk/

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1167828)

Campaign target

£6,000

Amount raised

£6,000

Donations

20

Championed by Helping Hands Fund

  • This organisation changed my life. I have a safe space to share my woes (and my ups too!) I have friends now who mean the world to me. It's so good to be accepted for who I am without any pressure..

    — Chloe Bodard

  • Such a fantastic organisation, a much needed service for anyone needing support with their mental health! I couldn’t recommend Changes Bristol more highly. The charity has helped me so much that I now volunteer for them to help give others the support they have given me.

    — Jess Brydon

  • I highly recommend changes to anyone who wishes to improve their mental health no matter where they start their journey. I hope that changes continues to attract members and good new facilitators and that it expands to offer its services to other communities.

    — Francis More O'Ferrall

  • I know I am always going to need help with mental health services and I know that I will always have to take medication, but combining these together is truly a very good combination. So I really recommend these groups, it will make you feel a lot less alone. Many thanks to all of them.

    — Steven Golding

Situation

1 in 4 people will suffer from some form of mental distress at some point in their lives. Many more will be indirectly affected as their friends and loved ones suffer. Bristol has a higher proportion of people with mental ill health than the national average, with higher rates of suicide and self harm, and this is increased in more disadvantaged areas. Poor mental health can lead to poor physical health, lowers life expectancy, affects relationships and can debilitate daily life.

Solution

Changes Bristol provides a support network which anyone can access, with as few barriers as possible. People can self-refer, there are no waiting lists and people can access support for as long as they feel necessary. The peer support groups enable people to learn from others with lived experience, alleviate mental distress, reduce social isolation, increase self-esteem and empower themselves to make the most of their lives. We provide an empathetic, confidential space to improve mental health.