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.
Resources: Local helplines
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 They help people who are taking or have recently withdrawn from this type of medication.
Bristol Black Carers supports both carers and those whom they care for to access mainstream care and health related public services. They provide services including regular support group meetings, a help line and home visits.
With the aim of reducing alcohol and drug-related harm, Bristol Drugs Project works with individuals to change their behaviour and attitude toward drugs. This is a free and confidential service.
Bristol Hate Crime Services is a group of four expert agencies working in collaboration to provide a comprehensive service for victims of hate crime.
The collaboration is led by SARI (Stand Against Racism & Inequality), with local providers Brandon Trust, Bristol Mind, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Forum, Avon and Bristol Law Centre and Bristol Mediation.
A confidential freephone helpline open from Wednesday to Sunday from 8pm to midnight providing a safe place to talk if you, or someone you know, is in distress. We can also give information about mental health support services available in your area that could help you.
Open 7 nights a week during term time
The Carers Centre is a local charity supporting people who care for family and friends. They offer expert advice, breaks from caring, emotional support and understanding. All services are free.
The Carers Centre is a local charity supporting people who care for family and friends. They offer expert advice, breaks from caring, emotional support and understanding. All services are free. CarersLine helpline for carers also available.
The Citizens Advice Bureau provide free, confidential and impartial advice and campaign on big issues affecting people’s lives. Their main office is located in the centre of Bristol. They can also be found at several outreach centres that offer specialist or limited services. They provide drop in sessions, face to face appointments, as well as advice by telephone or email.
Cruse Bristol & District provides care and support for bereaved children, young people and adults in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset.
EACH is a charitable support agency for people affected by homophobia. It provides a UK Freephone Actionline for people affected by homophobia, giving callers the opportunity to be heard and offered help and support. The Actionline also provides a homophobic incident reporting line for the West of England.
This helpline offers a confidential service for information, advice, guidance and support on any aspects of parent and family life, including bullying.
FFLAG is a national voluntary organisation and registered charity dedicated to supporting parents and their lesbian, gay, bisexual and Trans daughters and sons.
They offer support to local parents groups and contacts in their efforts to help parents and families understand, accept and support their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members with love and pride.
FFLAG members are parents of lesbian, gay, bisexual or Trans sons and daughters. These young people and their families face serious homophobia and transphobia in our society, which brings in its wake prejudice, bullying and alienation.
Headway Bristol is a local charity which offers a variety of services for survivors of brain injuries and their carers. They provide information, support and services including assistance to support and access to other services.
Out of hours helpline operated by Mind in Taunton and West Somerset for callers in Somerset that is a confidential listening services providing a safe place to talk if you, or someone you know, is in distress. We can also give basic information about mental health and local services.
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.
Mothers for Mothers is a group of mothers most of who have suffered depression or distress after the birth of one or more babies. They offer support information and most of all a listening ear for any worries or concerns you may have. They offer a telephone and text helpline service, support groups and counselling.
Next Link is part of Missing Link Mental Health Services. We provide domestic abuse support services.
Off the Record provides free, confidential and independent services for children and young people that require support with their emotional health and well-being. This service is available for individuals living in Bath and North East Somerset.
OTR isn’t just a charity providing mental health services, it’s a mental health movement mobilised to support, promote and defend the mental health, rights and social position of young people! We offer counselling in Central Bristol, and Yate.
We also offer a whole range of other services,including but not limited to projects and social action, nature works, and inspiration works which covers our creative side of the service. Examples of these are, Book club, Mindfulness, and Bristol meet ups, as well as our allotment.
We are a self referral service so you can either sign up online, or come to one of our hubs.
Relate are the largest provider of relationship support in the UK and offer help and advice with relationships, sex, family life, children and separation. Regardless of sexual orientation and relationship status, Relate act as a support source for all.
The Rosie Crane Trust supports bereaved parents who have lost a son or daughter of any age and at any stage in the bereavement. The trust offers a confidential 24hr Helpline, two drop in centres, and a befriending service.
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.
Confidential support for women and girls who have experienced sexual violence or abuse at any time in their lives. SARSAS provide information, emotional support, signposting advice, and specialist counselling and group work for women and girls aged 13+
Confidential support for men and boys who have experienced sexual violence or abuse at any time in their lives. SARSAS provide information, emotional support, signposting advice, and can help you to access counselling services.
Based at Shepton Mallet in Somerset, SWEDA provide support to anyone affected by eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, compulsive eating, binge eating disorder and all related conditions.
Womankind provides women in the Bristol area with free or affordable professional counselling, psychotherapy and on-going support. They specialise in depression, anxiety, acute crisis, domestic abuse and rape.
Self Injury Helpline – 0808 800 8088 (freephone from landlines and most mobile networks) Open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 19:00-21:30 Run by Self Injury Support, the self injury helpline is for women of any age or background affected by self-injury, whether… Read more