Resources: Local helplines

Alcoholics Anonymous – AA

Alcoholics anonymous provide a safe space for individuals to discuss their personal experiences with alcohol with the overall aim of overcoming alcoholism. Both open and closed meetings are available throughout Bristol. National helpline also available.

Battle Against Tranquillisers

BAT offers mutual support to anyone who wishes to consider the level of benzodiazepines etc. they take or to come off these tranquillisers. There is no pressure and clients are encouraged to be in charge of their own withdrawal. Family, friends and carers are also welcome.

Bristol Black Carers

Bristol Black Carers supports both carers and those whom they care for to access mainstream care and health related public services. They provide services including regular support group meetings, a help line and home visits.

Bristol Hate Crime Services

Bristol Hate Crime Services is a group of four expert agencies working in collaboration to provide a comprehensive service for victims of hate crime.

The collaboration is led by SARI (Stand Against Racism & Inequality), with local providers Brandon Trust, Bristol Mind, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Forum, Avon and Bristol Law Centre and Bristol Mediation.

Bristol MindLine

A confidential freephone helpline open from Wednesday to Sunday from 8pm to midnight providing a safe place to talk if you, or someone you know, is in distress. We can also give information about mental health support services available in your area that could help you.

Carers’ Centre

The Carers Centre is a local charity supporting people who care for family and friends. They offer expert advice, breaks from caring, emotional support and understanding. All services are free.

Carers’ Support Centre

The Carers Centre is a local charity supporting people who care for family and friends. They offer expert advice, breaks from caring, emotional support and understanding. All services are free. CarersLine helpline for carers also available.

Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) – Bristol

The Citizens Advice Bureau provide free, confidential and impartial advice and campaign on big issues affecting people’s lives. Their main office is located in the centre of Bristol. They can also be found at several outreach centres that offer specialist or limited services. They provide drop in sessions, face to face appointments, as well as advice by telephone or email.

Mindline Somerset

Out of hours helpline operated by Mind in Taunton and West Somerset for callers in Somerset that is a confidential listening services providing a safe place to talk if you, or someone you know, is in distress. We can also give basic information about mental health and local services.

MindLine Trans+

A confidential national emotional, mental health support helpline and signposting service for people who identify as Trans, A Gender, Gender Fluid, Non-binary.

MindLine Trans+ provides a safe place to talk about your feelings confidentially. We don’t record calls nor ask for any personal details. Our listeners will try understand the multitude of feelings and concerns that may be going on for you. We are here to listen and offer our support.

Narcotics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous is a non-profit fellowship of men and women for whom drugs have become a problem. There are no fees and they offer a helpline, meetings, literature, committees and development services.

Next Link

Next Link is part of Missing Link Mental Health Services. We provide domestic abuse support services.

Off The Record: Bristol

Off the Record provides free confidential, self-referral specialist information, advice, informal support and counselling for young people in Bristol, aged 11 – 25. Appointments can be arranged through the helpline or via email.

Samaritans

Samaritans provide completely confidential emotional support 24 hours a day by phone, face-to-face, email and letter and allow callers to talk openly about their worries and concerns without fear of being judged. National and Local Helplines.

Talking Money

Talking Money’s services cover the whole of England and are open to all by self-referral or by signposting/referral from other agencies, though the large majority of their face-to-face work is targeted at people living in Bristol and the surrounding area.   Services include Debt Advice, Energy Advice, Benefit Advice, Financial Advice and Training & Consultancy

Womankind

Womankind provides women in the Bristol area with free or affordable professional counselling, psychotherapy and on-going support. They specialise in depression, anxiety, acute crisis, domestic abuse and rape.

Women’s Independent Alcohol Support (WIAS)

WIAS offer services including ‘drop-in’ sessions, helplines, women’s groups as well as 1:1 counselling. They are a non-profit organisation specifically focused on women and supporting them with past and present alcohol issues.

A new set of six free women-only evening sessions starts Tuesday 3rd October 2017 in Central Bristol. Groups are small – around 6 participants – and booking is essential. To find out more or book please contact 0117 942 8077 or contact@wiaswomen.org.uk