Winterbourne Down Carnival have funded signs that are secured to benches around the village. The benches are designed as designated locations where you can go and sit and maybe others will come and sit alongside you to have a chat.

It may be that this is the first person that you’ve spoken to in a while. For someone who is lonely or experiencing low mood this act of kindness can really support them in a positive way and bring our community together. Loneliness and isolation can sometimes be alleviated by simply talking.

It may be more than this, so hopefully the information below may help to provide a little help and support to the local community in supporting positive mental health and address loneliness in the community.

We have these signs positioned on benches in the following locations:

  • Down Road – Opposite Salon 52
  • By Damsons Bridge
  • Winterbourne Duck Pond
  • Hambrook Common

Looking after your Mental Health

We all feel stresses & strains at some point in our lives. Your mental wellbeing is just as important as looking after your physical wellbeing. Take a look at the following resources from the NHS to help you:

Anxiety is something everyone experiences at times, and feeling anxious is a perfectly natural reaction to some situations.

Low MoodFeeling low is a part of all of our lives at some stage. Everyone feels upset, sad or disheartened from time to time, but for some of us it can be a real problem. The good news is that there are things you can do to improve your mood.

Stress is something everyone feels at times, and there are all kinds of stressful situations that can be a part of daily life. Low-level stress can even be helpful or motivational.

Sleep – If you’re having sleep problems, there are simple steps you can take to ease those restless nights. Find out how to get to sleep and how to sleep better.

For Urgent Support

24/7 NHS mental health response line for support and advice

Call for free on 0800 038 5300, any time day or night if you are worried about your own or someone else’s mental health. The team behind the 24/7 open access telephone response line will listen to you and determine how best to help.


Whatever you’re going through, a Samaritan will face it with you. They are there 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Call free on 116 123 or visit the Samaritans website


Shout offers confidential 24/7 crisis text support for times when you need immediate assistance. Text “SHOUT” to 85258 or visit Shout Crisis Text Line 

111 Non emergency advice 

If you need help urgently but are not at risk of death or serious illness, use the NHS 111 non-emergency advice online. NHS 111 advice online

People with hearing problems can use the NHS 111 British Sign Language (BSL) service.


One of chosen charities for 2020/2021 was MIND, they provide support for everyone.

They can provide support:

  • For the person in need of help
  • For a friend wanting to support the person in need of help
  • For a Parent / Carer wanting to support the person in need of help

Department of Education Resources

The Department of Education have a useful website for children, parents, carers & school/college staff providing resources & further links:


BBC BiteSize

BBC Bitesize can provide useful support in how to help - as a parent or friend.

A collection of tips, advice and stories to support your mental health and wellbeing.


‘Campaign Against Living Miserably’ (CALM)

The ‘Campaign Against Living Miserably’ (CALM) is a charity that recently has been helped by Netflix & Rickie Gervais series ‘After Life’ to support benches around the country.

“We’re the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) and we’re taking a stand against suicide. That means standing against feeling shit, standing up to stereotypes, and standing together to show life is always worth living.
We do it by provoking conversation, running life-saving services, and bringing people together so they reject living miserably, get help when they need it and don’t die by suicide.”

Click on the button to visit the CALM website, it provides support and resources on many that may be concerning you.

There is a helpline – Call 0800 58 58 58

There is a Webchat (via website) at certain times of the day.


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