Community Access Support Service (CASS) was a pioneering programme that ran from 2016 to 2023 and worked with community, equality and faith groups to improve knowledge, confidence and awareness of mental health, and support available in Bristol. CASS was delivered by a partnership between Knowle West Health Park, Southmead Development Trust and Wellspring Settlement on behalf of the NHS.

Mental Health and Wellbeing

It is now widely known that mental health issues affect 1 in 4 of us during any one year. What is less widely known is what to do if you or someone you know needs support to help get through such times. 'Mental health issues' isn't a term we use every day so when we see those three words together it's natural that we all have different ideas about what it means.


However, terms that we do come across every day - terms that we often use about ourselves during conversations - are 'stressed', 'anxious', 'sad' or 'angry'. If the strength of these feelings is overwhelming, last for extended periods or are being fed by life events such as relationship breakdown; debt; poor physical health; unemployment or trauma - then it's important to get the right support and advice to get through it.

5 Ways to Wellbeing

As a final project, our South Bristol Networker Emma has been working with community groups to highlight how small changes can make a big difference to your mental health. Taking care of your mind might seem like a big challenge, but it doesn't have to be!

The 5 Ways to Wellbeing are an easy way to start doing this., and evidence shows that using these steps in your day to day life can help you feel more positive and able to cope with whatever life throws at you!

You can get hold of the Wellbeing Passport mentioned in the videos here, and a version for kids here.

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