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.
Resources: Local helplines
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 and District Tranquilliser Project works to help those having problems with prescribed psychotropic medications (benzodiazepine tranquillisers/sleeping tablets, and antidepressants). They help people who are taking or have recently withdrawn from this type of medication.
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.
With the aim of reducing alcohol and drug-related harm Bristol Drugs Project works with individuals to change their behaviour and attitude toward drugs. This is a free and confidential service.
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 and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Forum.
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.
Open 7 nights a week during term time
Bristol ROADS (Recovery Orientated Alcohol & Drugs Service) provides a wide range of service for individuals wishing to access support and treatment for problematic alcohol and drug use, as well as support for their friends and family.
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.
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.
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.
EACH is a charitable support agency for people affected by homophobia. It provides a UK Freephone Actionline for people affected by homophobia, giving callers the opportunity to be heard and offered help and support. The Actionline also provides a homophobic incident reporting line for the West of England.
Bristol Families and Friends is a support group based in Bristol and serving the west run by/for families and friends of lesbians, gay men and bisexual women and men. It provides an opportunity for people to explore issues and share experiences, as well as fears, in a safe place.
This helpline offers a confidential service for information, advice, guidance and support on any aspects of parent and family life, including bullying.
Headway Bristol is a local charity which offers a variety of services for survivors of brain injuries and their carers. They provide information, support and services including assistance to support and access to other services.
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.
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.
Mothers for Mothers is a group of mothers most of who have suffered depression or distress after the birth of one or more babies. They offer support information and most of all a listening ear for any worries or concerns you may have. They offer a telephone helpline, support groups and counselling.
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 is part of Missing Link Mental Health Services. We provide domestic abuse support services.
Off the Record provides free, confidential and independent services for children and young people that require support with their emotional health and well-being. This service is available for individuals living in Bath and North East Somerset.
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.
Relate are the largest provider of relationship support in the UK and offer help and advice with relationships, sex, family life, children and separation. Regardless of sexual orientation and relationship status, Relate act as a support source for all.
The Rosie Crane Trust supports bereaved parents who have lost a son or daughter of any age and at any stage in the bereavement. The trust offers a confidential 24hr Helpline, two drop in centres, and a befriending service.
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.
Self-injury Support offers a text and email support service (TESS) for girls and young women under 25 affected by self-injury. They also run a Women’s Self-injury Helpline open to women of any age as well as delivering talks and training about self-harm.
Confidential support for women and girls who have experienced sexual violence or abuse at any time in their lives. SARSAS provide information, emotional support, signposting advice, and specialist counselling and group work for women and girls aged 13+
Confidential support for men and boys who have experienced sexual violence or abuse at any time in their lives. SARSAS provide information, emotional support, signposting advice, and can help you to access counselling services.
Based at Shepton Mallet in Somerset, SWEDA provide support to anyone affected by eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, compulsive eating, binge eating disorder and all related conditions.
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 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.
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.