Free helpline offering computer support to disabled people, as well as disabled students’ assessments and workplace support.
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. National helpline also available.
Alzheimer’s Society are a charity that campaigns for change in dementia care, funds research towards a cure, and provides support to people currently living with dementia. Services include social activity groups for those living with dementia, support groups for carers, and a national helpline.
A national eating disorders organisation providing on-going care, emotional support, and practical guidance for anyone affected by eating disorders, including those struggling personally and families, friends, and carers. Services include a national helpline, a weekly drop-in hub in Bath, and a telephone befriending service.
Anxiety UK work to relieve and support those living with anxiety and anxiety-based depression by providing information, support and understanding via an extensive range of services, including telephone and text info-lines. Members of Anxiety UK have access to discounted therapy from approved providers and a range of other resources.
The UK’s eating disorder charity, Beat provide information and support. Services include online support groups, one to one webchat, and dedicated helplines for adults, young people, and students.
Helpline for people suffering bereavement from the loss of a pet. Support is available by telephone or email.
The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is leading a movement against suicide, the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK. They offer a free and confidential helpline (0800 58 58 58) and webchat, open 5pm to midnight, 365 days a year.
A charity dedicated to improving the lives of carers. Services include a helpline providing advice & information for carers on any issue including benefits, residential care, the Carer’s Act and respite care; online forums; and facilitation of support groups.
Child Bereavement UK supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement. They provide support nationally through a helpline and a webchat.
ChildLine is a free and confidential service operated by the NSPCC. Support is available for UK residents under 19 years of age by phone (0800 1111), online, or by email, with Welsh language and BSL counsellors also available. The website also provides a range of resources for young people.
Provides befriending, support and a helpline for bereaved parents, grandparents or siblings who have suffered the death of a child or children of any age and from any cause.
Provides support and advice on a range of topics ranging from health and wellbeing to financial aid, including accident, illness and bereavement.
Cruse Bristol & District provides care and support for bereaved children, young people and adults in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset.
Forcesline is a free and confidential telephone helpline and email service that provides support for serving and ex-service men and women and reserves from the Armed Forces and for their families. As an independent charity, SSAFA is not part of the military chain of command.
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- A website
- A confidential telephone number (available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
- Text service
- Email service
- A confidential live chat service,(available from 2pm-6pm daily)
- A service to locate counselling and treatment
For LGBT+ people who have experienced domestic violence, sexual violence or hate crime. We also support lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer people who have had problems with the police or have questions about the criminal justice system. Operate a confidential service, hate crime reporting service and domestic violence helpline, including Trans specific service.
Provider of information, advice, support and free counselling for the prevention and treatment of problem gambling. We operate the National Gambling Helpline, provide treatment for problem gamblers and their families, create awareness about responsible gambling and treatment, and encourage an effective approach to responsible gambling within the gambling industry.
Telephone support line for trans and gender questioning people. Set up for patients of Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health, seeking advice on preparing for first appointments, information about gender care services, support with holistic well-being, signposting to community and support organisations. Gendered Intelligence offers a trans led confidential service
Helpline and advice and support service for grandparents, grandparents who may be raising a grandchild and grandparents who have lost contact with a grandchild.
The Jewish Helpline offers support to people across the Jewish community who are in crisis; feeling lonely, anxious, depressed or suicidal. Common calls involves drug, family or mental health problems.
National helpline for men affected by unwanted sexual experiences.
Charity committed to ending inequality and improving the health and well-being of pregnant women, partners and young children – from conception through to the child’s early years. Maternity rights advice line available.
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.
Mermaids provides a helpline aimed at supporting transgender youth up to and including the age of 19, their families and professionals working with them. The helpline offers emotional support, a gateway to the parents and teens forums, information about current legislation and protections under the law, plus signposting to training and resources.
The national Mind Infoline is a service which provides callers with confidential support and information on mental health problems, access to help, potential treatments and advocacy. The Infoline is open Monday to Friday 9am-6pm (excluding bank holidays) and can be contacted by phone on 0300 123 3393, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and by text on 86463
National Mind Legal line provides legal information and general advice on mental health related law covering mental health, mental capacity, community care, human rights and discrimination/equality related to mental health issues. They can be contacted between 9am and 6pm Mon-Fri (except Bank Holidays) on 0300 466 6463
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.
Offer a free and confidential service offering support to vulnerable youth in need. Common issues range from relationships, mental health concerns, sexual abuse and religious issues. MYH prides itself on its non-judgemental ethos, in-line with their non-judgemental ethos they treat all enquiries seriously and do not turn away any person in need, regardless of religious background.
Narcotics Anonymous is a non-profit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. We are recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean. This is a program of complete abstinence from all drugs. There is only ONE requirement for membership, the desire to stop using. We suggest that you keep an open mind and give yourself a break.
- If you have a drug problem and want to talk to someone who’s been there, call the national helpline: 0300 999 1212
- Find a meeting in your area (all meetings are weekly and there is no need for an appointment – just turn up)
Bristol-based charity that provides advice, support, information and a helpline for children of alcohol-dependant parents
The UK’s largest provider of specialist autism services, the National Autistic Society provides information and support to people with autism and their families, and campaign for a better world for people with autism. The link will take you directly to their services in Bristol and South Gloucestershire, but their website also contains national information.
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.
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. Helpline available 7 days a week.
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.
They have a helpline with call back option for people with OCD, their carers, friends and family.
If you are having thoughts of suicide or are concerned for a young person who might be you can contact HOPELINEUK for confidential support and practical advice.
- For children and young people under the age of 35 who are experiencing thoughts of suicide
- For anyone concerned that a young person could be thinking about suicide
The Respect Phoneline is a confidential and anonymous helpline for anyone concerned about their violence and/or abuse towards a partner or ex-partner (of any gender)
Rethink Mental Illness provide information around mental health, diagnosis, treatment, and your rights. Their website contains a large number of resources, or you can contact them directly by phone, webchat, email, or post.
Helpline for young people who are thinking of running away or who have run away from home.
for survivors of rape and sexual abuse. Helpline, texting service, online live chat and specialist men’s and young people’s lines.
Samaritans provide completely confidential emotional support 24 hours a day by phone, and also have options for face-to-face, email and letter-based support. Callers can talk openly about their worries and concerns without fear of being judged.
The Bristol Drop-in centre, for face-to-face support, is available from 7:30am to 9pm, seven days a week at 37 St Nicholas St, Bristol, BS1 1TP.
Sands exists to support anyone affected by the death of a baby, to improve the bereavement care received by parents and families, and to influence policy makers and promote research to reduce the number of babies dying.
SANE’s national helpline offers specialist emotional support and information to anyone affected by mental illness, including family, friends and careers.
Stop it Now! is a child sexual abuse prevention campaign, providing information and support through their freephone confidential helpline and website. Their helpline is available toadults worried about the behaviour of other adults or children and young people and those worried about their own sexual thoughts or behaviour towards children, including those with concerns about their online behaviour.
Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide exist to meet the needs and overcome the isolation experienced by people over 18 who have been bereaved by suicide. They run support groups across the country, including one in Bristol, and offer support through helpline, email, and online forum channels.
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.
National helpline providing free & confidential support & information to lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgendered communities throughout the UK.
The Silver Line operates the only confidential, free helpline for older people (aged 55+) across the UK that’s open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
They also offer telephone friendship where we match volunteers with older people based on their interests, facilitated group calls, and help to connect people with local services in their area.
Survivors’ Network and LGBT Switchboard run a dedicated helpline which offers support to trans people including those who are non-binary or questioning, who have experienced sexual violence at any point in their lifetime.
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.
National helpline providing support for children and young people after the loss of a parent through bereavement.
Women’s Aid is a national charity working to end domestic violence against women and children.
YoungMinds is a national charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of all children and young people under the age of 25. They offer advice, training, campaigning and various publications.
They also have lots of information for parents who may be worried about a child or young person’s behaviour or mental health, a Parents Helpline for parents worried about their children, and a text service (YoungMinds Crisis Messenger) for young people who are experiencing a mental health crisis.