Resources: Support Groups

Al-Anon Family & Alateen

Al-Anon Family Groups provide support to anyone whose life is, or has been, affected by someone else’s drinking, regardless of whether that person is still drinking or a part of their lives. Alateen meetings are specifically for those age 12-17 who have been affected by someone else’s drinking. A free helpline is also available.

Alcoholics Anonymous – AA

Alcoholics Anonymous provide a safe space for individuals to discuss their personal experiences with alcohol with the overall aim of overcoming alcohol addiction. Meetings are open to people in any stage of recovery.

Both open and closed meetings are available throughout Bristol and the surrounding areas, face-to-face and online. National helpline also available.

Anorexia and Bulimia Care (ABC)

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 telephone befriending service, online support groups, and online resources.

Bath Mind

Bath Mind offer a range of services and support to people living in Bath and North East Somerset, including befriending, counselling, community groups, a crisis helpline, and practical support. Please note that these services are only available in Bath and… Read more

Beat

The UK’s eating disorder charity, Beat provide information and support. Services include online support groups, one to one webchat, helplines, and online self-help tools.

Bipolar UK

Bipolar UK is dedicated to supporting individuals with bipolar, their families and carers. Services include support groups (the Bristol Support Group meets online), a peer support line, and online information.

Bluebell Care

Bluebell provides services for all parents, partners and their infants affected by mild to moderate anxiety, depression and other perinatal mental health difficulties, during pregnancy and up to 2 years after birth in Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Bath & NE Somerset and South Devon. Dedicated support is available for mums and for dads, as well as one-to-one and small group support.

Brigstowe

Brigstowe work to support people with long-term health conditions, including HIV and AIDS, with a range of advice services and peer support. Dedicated services are also available for migrants and asylum seekers living with HIV.

Bristol Dementia Wellbeing Service

The Bristol Dementia Wellbeing Service delivers a personalised package of dementia support to patients across Bristol. This includes healthcare, social and activity groups, practical support, and services for carers.

Bristol Drugs Project

Bristol Drugs Project provide free and confidential support to people who are looking for help with their own alcohol and drug use, and the people who care for and about them. Services include support groups, drop-ins, harm reduction, and a dedicated helpline. Specific and targeted support is available for children and young people, students, older people, women, and the LGBTQ+ community. A specific service is available for recent drug and alcohol-related bereavements.

Bristol Hearing Voices Network

Hearing Voices bring together a number of people who share the experience of hearing voices, to help and support each other. This group aims to understand voice-hearing and intrusive thoughts through sharing information and experiences. The self-help group is for people with experience of hearing voices.

Changes Bristol

Changes Bristol provide peer support to adults suffering mental distress. Weekly meetings take place in the local area and online, and a befriending service is available to Bristol residents.

Child Bereavement UK

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 their helpline and dedicated online support groups and support sessions.

Cocaine Anonymous

Cocaine Anonymous West Country welcomes anyone with a drug or alcohol problem, using the twelve-step recovery program to support people to stop using mind-altering substances.

FFLAG

FFLAG is a national voluntary organisation and charity dedicated to supporting families and their LGBT+ loved ones. An FFLAG group meets in Bristol to bring together carers and parents of LGBT+ young people. carers

Galop

Galop are a LGBT+ anti-abuse charity, providing support to LGBT+ people who have experienced abuse and violence. They provide helplines, advocacy, online support communities, and dedicated services for LGBT+ children and young people.

Hoarding UK

Hoarding UK are a national charity supporting people impacted by hoarding behaviour. Services include helplines, support groups, advocacy, and training.

Mothers for Mothers

Mothers for Mothers offer a range of perinatal mental health support services. Most of their services, including helplines, one-to-one sessions, and counselling, are directed at mothers, but monthly support sessions are also available for fathers.

Nilaari

Nilaari are a BAME-led charity offering culturally appropriate and sensitive support, including talking therapies, direct support, and support groups. Specific projects target women generally, BAME migrant women specifically, and men with complex needs, including those with a history of offending.

OCD Action

OCD Action provide support and information to anybody affected by OCD. Services include a helpline and online support groups.

Overeaters Anonymous

Overeaters Anonymous is an organisation that offers support groups, based on the 12-step recovery programme, for individuals looking to recover from compulsive overeating. Meetings are available both face-to-face and online.

Sands

Sands is the leading stillbirth and neonatal death charity in the UK, offering support to anyone affected by the death of a baby. Sands has a bereavement support freephone helpline and a variety of volunteer-led local and online support groups.

Sex Addicts Anonymous

Sex Addicts Anonymous (SAA) is an organisation providing support to individuals who want to heal from engaging in harmful sexual behaviours. Support is provided through helplines and support groups.

SWEDA

SWEDA offer a range of services for people with eating disorders across Somerset and the surrounding areas, including counselling and support groups.

The Compassionate Friends

The Compassionate Friends provide 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. Online and local support groups are also available.

TOP UK

TOP UK (Triumph Over Phobia) specialise in supported self-help for sufferers of phobias, OCD, and other related anxiety disorders. Peer support groups run regularly.