Al-Anon Family Groups is an organisation for people affected by the drinking of a friend or relative (in the past or present). Alateen is an organisation for young people aged 12-17 affected by others’ drinking.
Resources: National helplines
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.
Alzheimer’s Society is a membership organisation, which works to improve the quality of life of people affected by dementia. If you have concerns about Alzheimer’s disease or about any other form of dementia you can call the Alzheimer’s Society National Dementia Helpline.
Beat is the UK’s eating disorder charity providing information and support for people with eating disorders. Their services include Helplines, Message Boards, and Online Support Groups. Their website also has a services directory, information on local support groups as well as the regional support projects they run.
Bipolar UK is dedicated to supporting individuals with bipolar, their families and carers. They support and develop self-help opportunities for people affected by bipolar, offer information on bipolar, self-help groups and education and self-management.
Helpline for 15-24 yr old men at the onset of depression. . It is a campaign and charity targeting young men with a helpline, magazine and online community, but CALM listens to anyone who needs help or support.
ChildLine offers a confidential helpline on a wide range of issues that affect children and young people.
Provides befriending, support and a helpline for bereaved parents, grandparents or siblings who have suffered the death of a child/children.
Cruse Bereavement offers a free and confidential service for anyone who has suffered the loss of someone close. Available to all ages this service can be provided over the phone or in person located in Bristol City Centre.
National helpline providing free & confidential support & information to lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgendered communities throughout the UK.
The Men’s Advice Line is a confidential freephone helpline for male victims of domestic violence and abuse. They welcome calls from all men – in heterosexual or same-sex relationships. The Men’s Advice Line offers emotional support, practical advice and information on services for further help and support.
Mind Infoline (0300 123 3393) is a national service which provides callers with confidential support and information on mental health problems, access to help, potential treatments and advocacy. Lines are open Monday to Friday 9am-6pm (excluding bank holidays).
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.
Bristol-based charity that provides advice, support, information and a helpline for children of alcohol-dependant parents
The National Autistic Society is a UK charity for people with autism (including Asperger syndrome) and their families. They provide information and support, and campaign for a better world for people with autism.
The Freephone 24 Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline, run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge, is a national service for women experiencing domestic violence, their family, friends, colleagues and others calling on their behalf.
National drugs helpline offering friendly, confidential drugs advice. Includes information about drugs, what to do if you are feeling pressured to take drugs, what to do if you are worried about a friend, and other topics.
0300 123 3393 Monday to Friday, 9.00am – 6.00pm (except for bank holidays)
Offers information on topics ranging from types of distress, where to get help, drug treatments, alternative therapies, who’s who in mental health and where to find advocacy and other services.
No Panic is a voluntary charity which helps people who suffer from Panic Attacks, Phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders and other related anxiety disorders including those people who are trying to give up Tranquillisers.
OCD Action focuses on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). They provide support and information to anybody affected by OCD, work to raise awareness of the disorder amongst the public and frontline healthcare workers, and strive to secure a better deal for people with OCD.
Telephone advice and information service that provides expert advice and information to people with mental health problems and those who care for them, as well as giving help to health professionals, employers and staff.
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.
At Shelter’s centre in Bristol you are able to receive free legal advice relating to a wide range of housing issues.
Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide exists to meet the needs and break the isolation of those bereaved by the suicide of a close relative or friend.
Survivors UK is a helpline for adult men (18 and over) who have experienced rape or sexual abuse at any time in their lives and they also offer workshops for carers/partners/supporters of male survivors.
Victim support offers emotional and practical support to all people affected by crime, and is committed to providing victims of crime and witnesses in court with appropriate and sufficient recognition, support and information to assist them in dealing with the crimes they have experienced.