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The distrACT app is aimed at people who are considering or already self-harm, offering them quick access to advice and support. It has been created by practising medical doctors together with young adults and experts in self-harm and suicide prevention.

A new app to help people who are considering self-harm or having suicidal thoughts is launching in Bristol on 30 November. The distrACT app is designed to give easy, quick and discreet access to general health information and advice about self-harm.

Dr Danya Bakhbakhi, Academic Clinical Fellow in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Bristol and Southmead Hospital, has been awarded £367,000 for an NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship to investigate outcomes after stillbirth.

Extending the operating hours of the liaison psychiatry service at the Bristol Royal Infirmary’s (BRI) Emergency Department has led to improved care and outcomes for patients who have self-harmed, NIHR-funded research has found.

Talking about the highs, and understanding the lows, of being a dad is the theme of a new project led by an inter-disciplinary team of academics from the University of Bristol.

Helen Malson and Hugh Herzig, Directors of the Eating Disorders Health Integration Team (EDHIT), reflect on the team's work and achievements over the last year, including an art exhibition of work by people with experience of eating disorders.

Dr Jonathan Evans and Inge Shepherd, Directors of the Improving Perinatal Mental Health Health Integration Team, give an update on progress in 2016-17, including the successful application for a new specialist community perinatal mental health service.

Psychosis Health Integration Team (HIT) Directors Dr Sarah Sullivan, Dr Simon Downer, James Robinson and Martha Sneyd on the team's activities in 2016-17. The team aims to improve the support, treatment, services and lives of people with psychosis.

Dr Nicola Wiles and Dr David Kessler, Directors of the Psychological Therapies in Primary Care Health Integration Team (InPsyTe HIT), give an update on the HIT's work in 2016-17.

From 8–12 May Bristol will be marking Mental Health Awareness Week with Five Days of Wellbeing. The week will raise awareness about the little things that we can do every day to improve our mental and emotional health.

About a quarter of girls in care have low well-being and feel the stigma of care more deeply than do boys according to a new study, announced today, which set out to understand what well-being means to looked after children.

Bristol Mental Health (BMH) is setting up a new choir called Just Sing! Everyone is welcome to come along. The choir is for people of all ages, with no auditions or performances.

Commissioners, researchers and people from voluntary organisations heard from Bristol Health Partners HITs seminar on 23 January. The theme of the seminar was 'Improving mental health care pathways across the STP footprint.

The loss of a child can cause intense grief for parents and for many, life is never the same again. Now, for the first time, researchers have built up a comprehensive picture of the devastating social and economic impact that a child’s death can have.

The team behind University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust’s Happy App won the Award for Staff Engagement at the prestigious HSJ Awards on 23 November. Over the past two years, researchers from the National Institute for Health Research Collabor...

The public are being invited to take part in a pop-up talk show, Talkaoke, to mark this year’s World Mental Health Day, which is designed to end the stigma around mental health.

An art exhibition at the Arnolfini featuring art by people with lived experience of eating disorders will mark the launch of a new Bristol based team, the Eating Disorders Health Integration Team (HIT).

Healthwatch Bristol has published a guide for patients and the public, to help them find out how they can make their voices heard on local mental health services.

The Eating Disorders Health Integration Team (EDHIT) has published its first newsletter, aimed at people who have lived experience of eating disorders, their families and friends, researchers and clinicians, and anyone else who has an interest in eating...

The Psychological Therapies in Primary Care Health Integration Team (InPsyTe HIT) have produced a video which explores patient experiences of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).

Bristol will be the location for the first of ten carnivals hosted by Leonard Cheshire Disability, celebrating Brazilian culture and accessible sport, to mark the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The Psychosis HIT launch, which included Psychosis on Screen, a series of three contemporary films depicting various experiences of psychosis at Watershed, brought together more than 300 people to challenge viewers’ preconceptions.

People with personality disorder (PD) have enduring relationship difficulties. The condition affects about one in 20 people in the UK and up to 40 per cent of adult mental health service users.

Young girls reported heightened body dissatisfaction after playing a children’s internet game for just 10 minutes, a study has found. Primary school children expressed a more pronounced desire for a slimmer figure immediately after playing a free game wh...

Three contemporary films depicting various experiences of psychosis are being shown at Watershed as part of Psychosis on Screen, a season to mark the launch of a new team that will help improve the lives of people who experience psychosis in Bristol.

Following her keynote address at the NHS Research and Development (R&D) Forum at the end of May, Hannah Antoniades believes every service user has the right to decide if they want access to information about mental health and dementia research.

Dr Liz Coulthard, Director of the Dementia Health Integration Team (HIT), reflects on the team's work and successes in 2015-16.

Dr Jonathan Evans and Inge Shepherd, Directors of the Improving Perinatal Mental Health Health Integration Team (IMPROVE HIT), give an update on progress in 2015-16.

Dr Nicola Wiles and Dr David Kessler, Directors of the Psychological Therapies in Primary Care Health Integration Team (InPsyTe HIT), give an update on the HIT's work in 2015-16.

Psychosis Health Integration Team (HIT) Directors Dr Sarah Sullivan, Dr Simon Downer and Dr Martin Jones give an update on what they've achieved since being endorsed by the Bristol Health Partners Executive in October 2015.

A new mental health and wellbeing festival is coming to Bristol in the autumn, which aims to bring people together for positive conversations and to make the city happier and healthier.

The Psychosis Health Integration Team (HIT) is marking its official launch with a series of film screenings at the Watershed during June called Psychosis on Screen.

​Salena Williams, Director of the Improving Care in Self-Harm Health Integration Team (STITCH HIT) gives an update on the HIT's activities in 2015-16.

New training developed by the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) could help the next generation of health workers support millions of patients across Europe burdened by ‘visible differences’ and body image fears. Academics from UWE Bri...

Today is the first World Maternal Mental Health Day organised by the Maternal Mental Health Alliance. One in five mothers experience depression or anxiety during pregnancy, birth and the early months of their child's life, but women don’t have to suffer...

Researchers from the University of Bristol have begun a trial to find out how well a training and support package for teachers works in recognising and combatting mental health problems.

Researchers at the Universities of Bristol, Keele and University College London have fed back early research findings to help shape the development of a NHS England commissioned service for GPs with mental health problems.

In the largest study of its kind to date, researchers have confirmed that high levels of family stress in early life can cause children to wet the bed for prolonged and persistent periods of time.

A collaborative research team has found humanoid robotics and computer avatars could help rehabilitate people suffering from social disorders such as schizophrenia or social phobia. It is thanks to the theory of similarity, which suggests that it is easie...

Stress is a major burden in many people’s lives affecting their health and wellbeing. New research led by the University of Bristol has found that genes in the brain that play a crucial role in behavioural adaptation to stressful challenges are controlle...

Railway suicide rates in England and Wales have risen since the year 2000 despite measures aimed at reducing them, researchers from the University of Bristol have warned.

A new Health Integration Team (HIT), focused on improving care and quality of life for people with eating disorders and enhancing prevention, has been given the green light by the Bristol Health Partners executive group.

The national NIHR Clinical Research Network is hosting a tweet chat on Thursday 18 February between 7-8pm, on young people's mental health and research.

An England-wide survey of over 7,000 people with mental health problems shows that nearly two thirds of people in the South West are left feeling isolated (62 per cent), worthless (64 per cent) and ashamed (63 per cent) because of the stigma and discrimi...

Time to Talk Day is taking place on 4 February, and will challenge mental health stigma, getting as many people as possible across England talking about mental health. Lots of event are taking place across Bristol as part of #BrizzleBuzz.

An emotional resilience (ER) programme launched recently at the University of the West of England that is helping students to develop ‘mental wealth’ is going from strength to strength. Students are being trained in helping others to deal with ER skills...

A tour bus promoting ‘Join dementia research’ proved such a hit with shoppers in the West of England before Christmas that the region has now taken the number one slot for the highest number of local registrations to the service in the country.

Medical researchers at the University of Bristol have uncovered a fundamental mechanism that explains the interaction between brain state and the neural triggers responsible for learning.

People with depression that has not responded fully to treatment with antidepressants benefit long-term from receiving cognitive behavioural therapy, given in addition to their usual treatment that includes antidepressant medication.

A free self-help app for anxiety (SAM app) conceived and co-designed by experts at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) has been downloaded by over 500,000 users in more than 100 countries since its launch in July 2013.

A University of Bristol medical student has received a double honour from the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Fourth year student Anna Taylor, from Manchester, won the College’s award for medical student of the year at a ceremony in London this month.

A new Psychosis Health Integration Team (HIT) has been given the green light by the Bristol Health Partners executive group, led by CLAHRC West's Dr Sarah Sullivan, Dr Simon Downer of Bristol Mental Health and Bristol CCG Chair Dr Martin Jones.

Virtual reality technologies (VRTs) using head-mounted displays (HMDs) could help people with autism develop social skills and confidence according to a researcher from the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol).

Bluebell, a charity based in Bristol supporting families who are affected by antenatal or post-natal depression has been awarded £165,130 from The Big Lottery Fund to open a central Bristol hub.

The economic recession of 2008 – 2013 was followed by increases in rates of suicide, suicide attempts, and mental illness, a PolicyBristol report from a team led by academics at the University of Bristol has found.

Young people who identify with the goth subculture might be at increased risk of depression and self-harm, according to new research led by academics at the Universities of Oxford and Bristol, published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal.

New research has identified the mechanisms that trigger disruption in the brain’s communication channels linked to symptoms in psychiatric disorders including schizophrenia. The University of Bristol study, published on 17 August in the Proceedings of Na...

Dr Jonathan Evans and Inge Shepherd, Directors of the Improving Perinatal Mental Health (IMPROVE) Health Integration Team, give an update on progress in 2014-15.

Dr Nicola Wiles and Dr David Kessler, Directors of the Psychological Therapies in Primary Care Health Integration Team (InPsyTe HIT), give an update on the HIT's work in 2014-15.

Dr Elizabeth Coulthard, Director of the Dementia Health Integration Team (HIT), gives an update on the HIT's activities in 2014-15.

Salena Williams, Director of the Improving Care in Self-Harm Health Integration Team (STITCH HIT) gives an update on the HIT's activities in 2014-15.

Bristol City Council is updating its mental health floating support services to better meet the needs of people now and in the future. Floating support services provide housing related support to individuals in their own home. This support focuses on ena...

A new Health Integration Team (HIT) looking at the uptake of, access to and outcomes of psychological therapies has been approved by the Bristol Health Partners executive.

The General Practitioners Committee (GPC) of the British Medical Association is undertaking an investigation into prescribing, following the Improving Care in Self-Harm Health Integration Team (STITCH HIT) called for medicines that are lethal in overdose...

Salena Williams, Director of the Improving Care in Self-Harm Health Integration Team (STITCH HIT), looks back at the team's work in 2013-14.

​Dr Elizabeth Coulthard, Director of the Dementia Health Integration Team, looks back at what the team has achieved in 2013-14.

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership (AWP) has increased its number of studies by more than 20 per cent in the last year.

Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group has announced the successful bidders for delivering new mental health services in Bristol.

Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group have published their specification for Bristol's Dementia Wellbeing service.

Public Health England and the Alzheimer’s Society have launched their new Dementia Friends campaign in the south west. The new campaign will mobilise people in Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire to play their part in tackling one of the biggest health i...

Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust have launched a website for the Best Evidence Summaries of Topics in Mental Health (BEST in MH) service.

Two Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust teams have had their work on dementia published in national health journals. Members of the Bristol Care Home Liaison Team have written an article titled ‘Promoting positive practice in mental he...

The Dementia Health Integration Team is running an attitudes to dementia survey throughout October. The online questionnaire is open to everyone.

The Bristol Later Life Service will be one of the first teams in Bristol to be awarded with a Purple Angel as a result of its work to help make Bristol a dementia friendly city.

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