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.
Resources: Support groups
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 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 They help people who are taking or have recently withdrawn from this type of medication.
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 Care Forum support communication, consultation and networking with the voluntary and community sector (VCS). They work to empower adults and young people to voice issues about local social and community care services, and provide information and advice about voluntary and statutory sector health and well-being services.
Changes is a user led mutual support group for anybody experiencing mental distress living in and around Bristol. It offers a structured and focused approach to management of mental health symptoms.
Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous is a support group for people having trouble controlling the way they eat. There are no dues, fees, or weigh-ins, just a supportive weekly meeting.
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 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 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 community support services offer individualised support to people recovering from mental illness/distress through working with a person centered approach to plan support responses.
‘Self Injury, Self Help’ are a Bristol based community organisation, who run self-help support groups for people who self-injure. They create a safe space to talk, offer and receive support in an accepting environment.
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.
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.
Social Anxiety Bristol (SA Bristol) is a self-help group open to anyone who experiences or has experienced social anxiety. The group offers a safe place to talk about your social anxiety and get help and advice from like-minded people who have been through similar experiences.
Studio Upstairs provides artistic resources and support to adults experiencing mental and emotional distress and in drug and alcohol recovery. As well as visual arts, the Studio also has active music and creative writing groups.
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.
The West of England Centre for Inclusive Living (WECIL) is an organisation run by and for Disabled people. This service provides specialist advice and advocacy support to anyone with a disability aiming to challenge the barriers to independent living.
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 Mental Health Support Group. This group is for anyone living with a mental health problem. They aim to offer support, friendship and information.
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.
This group aim to break through the barriers of isolation that lots of women share by creating a safe place for women to support each other. Call Denise Donovan on 07415009648 or Sue Williams on 01179642851.