Swindon and Gloucestershire MIND



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Swindon and Gloucestershire MIND

Swindon and Gloucestershire Mind, your local mental health charity, is here to make sure anyone with a mental health problem has somewhere to turn for advice and support.

The Alexandra Wellbeing House is located in Gloucester and is a partnership project between Swindon and Gloucestershire Mind & Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust. The Alexandra Wellbeing House offers a preventative approach for people experiencing mild to moderate mental health challenges and to those who may be at risk of mental health admission, crisis and/or relapse.

The service is situated within walking distance of Gloucester City Centre. We accommodate up to five people at a time.The Alexandra Wellbeing House provides a safe, therapeutic environment for adults experiencing mild to moderate mental health challenges who need up to two weeks support and advice from Wellbeing Support Staff. The service is staffed Monday to Sunday during the day with an on-call system available during the night. Guests stay overnight and access support for up to two weeks in a therapeutic environment, promoting recovery, resilience and wellbeing.

Referral Criteria: The Alexandra Wellbeing House will accept referrals from any statutory services, i.e. GPs and Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust healthcare professionals. Referrals from a non-statutory organisation has to have known the individual for at least 6 months before a referral can be made.

To access this service, a Guest must be:

  • Aged 18 years or over.
  • Registered with a GP within the Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group area.
  • Able to self-medicate and self-care.
  • Risk assessed to ensure The Alexandra Wellbeing House is a safe and suitable environment.

A Guest will not be eligible for the service if a Guest is:

  • Subject to the Mental Health Act, excluding Community Treatment Order (CTO) and Section 17 leave.
  • Assessed as being actively suicidal with plans to end their own life.
  • Diagnosed with an organic illness, such as dementia.
  • Homeless or of No Fixed Abode (NFA).

We are unable to accept self-referrals at present and require a healthcare professional (i.e. GP, care coordinator, support worker) to complete the referral. Referrals are available from: https://ghc.nhs.uk/locations/alexandra-wellbeing-house/ and https://www.sgmind.org.uk/gloucester-mental-health/#alexandra.

Self-Harmony Counselling Service

Self-Harmony @ Swindon & Gloucestershire Mind offers a 1:1 confidential and non-judgmental counselling service in a safe environment for individuals over 16 years of age who self-harm and self-injure.

Our counselling enables the individual to experience acceptance, understanding, identify triggers and develop strategies to reduce the harming. We challenge negative thoughts and feelings to help empower each client to see themselves and life in a more positive way.

Each client will have tailor made therapy specifically for their needs and are seen for a minimum of eight sessions with a review to increase to a possible fifteen sessions, particularly for more complex clients. Once counselling has ended clients are encouraged to use the coping strategies & skills they have developed during their therapy for a period of three months. If they need more counselling once the three months has elapsed they can re-refer into the service.

If you live in Gloucestershire, counselling sessions are a paid service, for more information please contact counselling@sgmind.org.uk.

Training and Development

We provide a range of cost effective, flexible training workshops, courses and talks for both the public and businesses to promote wellbeing, sharing knowledge to give a deeper understanding of Mental Health, and also to reduce stigma and discrimination. These raise the level of health, wellbeing and engagement, so that people can thrive. Research shows people perform better when they’re happy whether that be in life generally, and also in work situations.

Currently, approximately nearly 20% of people in the workplace are experiencing depression, anxiety and stress; poor mental health is now the number one reason for sickness absence.

Our core offering is outlined below:

  • Adult Mental Health First Aid - Two Day
  • Adult Mental Health First Aid - Half Day
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid - Two Day
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
  • safeTALK

Please download our training brochure from our website https://www.sgmind.org.uk/training/ or email training@sgmind.org.uk for more information.


We are excited about the opportunities for growth in Gloucestershire. The support we provide for those across Swindon and Gloucestershire wouldn’t be possible without the people who give their time, money, energy and passion to fundraise for us. Along with raising money they join us in sending a message that mental health really matters.

If you're arranging a fundraising event or are considering charity partnerships we would be delighted if you would consider supporting Swindon and Gloucestershire Mind. If you decide to support us please get in touch to let us know so we can give you the support you deserve by emailing admin@sgmind.org.uk.

Contact Name Ieuan Edwards, Senior Lead Gloucester
Email Address admin@sgmind.org.uk
Telephone Number 01452 245338
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