Resources: Support groups

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.

Bipolar UK

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.

Bristol Hearing Voices Network

Hearing Voices groups are typically a number of people who share the experience of hearing voices, coming together to help and support each other. They exchange information and learn from each other. They share the same problems and may have… Read more

Bristol Paranoia Network

The Bristol Paranoia Network was started to generate interest and see if there is a need to set up a local Self-Help Group. This could be User Led and aim to meet regularly, helping members to find ways of coping… Read more

Care Forum

The Care Forum is an independent voluntary and community sector infrastructure organisation. They work primarily across Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. They can also work across the South West regionThey support communication, consultation and… Read more

Mental Health Care (information about psychosis)

This website contains regularly updated information about psychosis. It is for family members and friends of people who have a diagnosis of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or another illness that may result in the symptoms of psychosis. The website may also… Read more

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.

Overeaters Anonymous

Overeaters Anonymous is a Fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength and hope, are recovering from compulsive overeating. The OA Programme is based on the twelve step recovery programme of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Positive Minds

Positive Minds offers support and advice to help adults improve their wellbeing and reduce the mental and emotional stress in their life through one to one support and monthly coffee mornings.

Rethink Mental Illness – Bristol Community Support Services

Rethink community support services offer individualised support to people recovering from mental illness/distress through working with a person centred approach to plan support responses. Community Mental Health Working support the recovery and social inclusion of people using Rethink services through… Read more

Self Injury Self Help (SISH) Group

SISH stands for ‘self injury self help’, and are a Bristol based community organisation, who for 15 years, have been running self help support groups for people who self injure. There are many reasons why a person may use self… Read more

Single Parents Website

This website is aimed at parents who, for whatever the circumstance, are raising children on their own. It provides information, expert advice, interactive learning, multi-media content, links to other support organisations and news for anyone parenting alone.

Studio Upstairs

Studio Upstairs is a registered charity, providing artistic resources and support to adults experiencing mental and emotional distress and in drug and alcohol recovery. The working arts studio is a place where its membership can experiment in the company of… Read more

Triumph Over Phobia

Triumph Over Phobia runs a national network of self-help groups designed to help sufferers of phobia and OCD to overcome their problems using graded self-exposure (a lay form of behaviour therapy) in a supportive group environment. Please phone for details… Read more

Windmill Hill City Farm Tuesday Survivors Group

Windmill Hill City Farm is a great community resource and offers a variety of volunteering and educational opportunities for mental health users. They run a Tuesday Night Mental Health Support Group which meets from 7: 00 to 9: 00 PM… Read more