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.
Resources: Service User & Survivor forums
The Bristol Independent Mental Health Network (BIMHN) represents a diverse community of past, current and future users of Bristol’s mental health services, as well as those with lived experiences of mental health.
They provide a safe space for people to confidentially share their needs and experiences of services, while we campaign for change by holding local providers to account.
BIMHN also acts against discrimination, and promotes a positive understanding of mental health through education.
Bristol Survivors Network is a group of people with lived experience of mental health difficulties, campaigning to improve mental health services. The groups also:
- discuss mental health issues
- hold social meetings
- comment about documents and reports
- send representatives to mental health meetings
Please note – they do not offer a counselling or crisis service.
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.
The Carers Centre is a local charity supporting people in Bristol and South Gloucestershire who care for family and friends. They offer expert advice, emotional support, telephone counselling, and understanding, and support for child carers. All services are free. CarersLine helpline for carers also available
The Hearing Voices Network work nationwide to raise awareness of voice hearing and challenge negative stereotypes and discrimination.
NSUN is a membership organisation and a network of community groups and people who have experience of mental distress, ill-health, or trauma who come together to create, challenge, and campaign.