It goes without saying that 2020 has been a tough year for millions of people around the world. Today is about bringing awareness to the fact that for many people struggling with mental health issues is an everyday battle.

In our work here at BDP, we come across all degrees of mental health issues and the ways they affect peoples lives. Addiction and mental health problems are more often than not intertwined and here at BDP, we have a holistic approach recognising the issues that people may have with both addiction and mental health and how they may interact with each other.

Angie is one of our two specialist Mental Health Link Workers here at BDP. Here’s what Angie had to say...

Hi, my name is Angie Lloyd and I work as a Mental Health and Learning Disability Link for Bristol Drugs Project alongside my job share partner Emma Robertson.

Our work brings us into contact with some of the most isolated and stigmatised individuals with complex needs who struggle to manage both mental health difficulties and problematic drug use.

We offer harm reduction and support to individuals so they can access drug treatment services thereby improving chances of managing their mental health and wellbeing.

More than one in four of us can experience mental health difficulties such as anxiety and depression at some point in our lives and substance use can easily become a coping mechanism leading to dependency.

Through listening and supporting we find that clients begin to find other ways of coping and recognise the link between substances and mental health.

Wishing you good health!

If you would like to refer yourself or anyone you know please contact us on 01179876000 or at [email protected]

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