1625 Independent People is a charity that supports young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. They find secure homes, teach life-skills, offer advice, help access training and job opportunities.
Resources: Young people
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.
The UK’s eating disorder charity, Beat provide information and support. Services include online support groups, one to one webchat, and dedicated helplines for adults, young people, and students.
Bristol Against Violence and Abuse (BAVA) is a collection of people and organisations in Bristol working to end all types of violence and abuse against women and girls and to end domestic and sexual violence against men. The website provides information about different types of abuse and information about support services.
The BDP youth work team provide free and confidential 1-to-1 support around alcohol and drugs for children and young people aged 11-19 years old in Bristol.
Monthly youth group for trans, non-binary, gender variant and/or gender questioning young people aged between 13 and 20.
Bullying UK is a national website, operated by family lives, which gives advice and information to people of any age who are being bullied.
The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is leading a movement against suicide, the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK. They offer a free and confidential helpline (0800 58 58 58) and webchat, open 5pm to midnight, 365 days a year.
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. All services are free. CarersLine helpline for carers also available.
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 a helpline and a webchat.
ChildLine is a free and confidential service operated by the NSPCC. Support is available for UK residents under 19 years of age by phone (0800 1111), online, or by email, with Welsh language and BSL counsellors also available. The website also provides a range of resources for young people.
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.
Following feedback from stakeholders, in June this year NHS Bristol CCG launched a newly developed online directory of local and national services and resources. This is for children and young people, their families as well as a wide range of… Read more
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- A website
- A confidential telephone number (available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
- Text service
- Email service
- A confidential live chat service,(available from 2pm-6pm daily)
- A service to locate counselling and treatment
Freedom Youth is a fun, safe, inclusive and supportive project for those aged 13-25 years, where you can meet other lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer or questioning young people. It’s open to anyone questioning their sexuality or gender – no labels applied! As well as groups, the Freedom staff offer one-to-one support and signposting, including to Off The Record’s in-house LGBTQ counsellors. The service is operated by Off The Record.
A monthly safe space for young people (13-25 years old) who might be questioning their gender identity, or who identify on the trans spectrum, to talk about gender and what it means to them. Sessions are workshop based and provide support, information and signposting.
Gendered Intelligence has produced a number of resources which will be useful for young trans people, their families, and those who work with them.
Get Connected is the UK’s free, confidential helpline service for young people under 25 who need help but don’t know where to turn. It could be anything from a listening ear to somewhere safe to stay for the night.
Worried about your child’s behaviour or mental health? Not sure where to start looking for help? HappyMaps will guide you to websites, books, videos and Apps to help you and your child, plus there is information on being referred for specialist help, how to find counselling and support for parents.
Funded by Health Education England and supported by Bristol Mind, HappyMaps is designed to help parents find helpful and reliable resources on behaviour and mental health for their children – from babies and children to young adults. These resources include websites, videos, books, Apps and helplines. We hope this will be really useful for parents whose children don’t meet the specialist referral thresholds or are perhaps on the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) waiting list. There is good general national information and also local information on counselling, charities, local CAMHS and parenting groups for the South-West.
Help Counselling offers help to distressed young people in a confidential setting. With services available from as little as £10, Help Counselling work with both parents and children to support young people in all aspects of their life.
Kooth is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free at the point of use.
- Chat to counsellors
- Read articles written by young people
- Get support from the Kooth community
- Write in a daily journal
Mermaids provides a helpline aimed at supporting transgender youth up to and including the age of 19, their families and professionals working with them. The helpline offers emotional support, a gateway to the parents and teens forums, information about current legislation and protections under the law, plus signposting to training and resources.
Offer a free and confidential service offering support to vulnerable youth in need. Common issues range from relationships, mental health concerns, sexual abuse and religious issues. MYH prides itself on its non-judgemental ethos, in-line with their non-judgemental ethos they treat all enquiries seriously and do not turn away any person in need, regardless of religious background.
Bristol-based charity that provides advice, support, information and a helpline for children of alcohol-dependant parents
Network Counselling offers affordable counselling in a welcoming, safe and confidential space where people can be listened to, accepted and understood. Counselling is available to anyone from the age of 16.
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.
On My Mind aims to empower young people to make informed choices about the mental health support they want, the treatments they receive and the outcomes they desire.
It contains information, advice and resources to help young people support their own mental health, including signposting to sources of support in times of crisis and tools to help young people manage their own wellbeing.
The free digital resources are designed for use by children and young people between the ages of 10 – 25. These may be young people who are thinking about looking for support, who may be receiving or waiting to receive support or for those the traditional offer does not appeal to or has not worked for and who want help and information about self-managing their own mental health and wellbeing.
If you are having thoughts of suicide or are concerned for a young person who might be you can contact HOPELINEUK for confidential support and practical advice.
- For children and young people under the age of 35 who are experiencing thoughts of suicide
- For anyone concerned that a young person could be thinking about suicide
Helpline for young people who are thinking of running away or who have run away from home.
for survivors of rape and sexual abuse. Helpline, texting service, online live chat and specialist men’s and young people’s lines.
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.
We are an online organisation set up by teenagers, for teenagers.
We aim to help teenagers with problems that fit into our four main categories through our own experience, what we learnt from it and how we may have coped.
We hope that by reading our experiences and advice we can help in any way possible! Feel free to email us regarding applying to write for TWE, complaints, advice or anything else you can think of!
The Bridge is a Sexual Assault Referral Centre and they offer medical care, emotional and psychological support, and practical help to anyone who has been raped or sexually assaulted.
It doesn’t matter when you were assaulted, where it happened or who did it – we’ll listen to your experience and help you to get the support you choose.
Free and confidential advice 24 hours a day, 365 days a year via their helpline: 0117 342 6999
The Children’s Society is a children’s charity dedicated to creating a society where children and young people are valued, respected and happy. They are Christian charity committed to helping vulnerable and disadvantaged young people, including safeguarding children in care and young runaways.
The Rainbow Centre for Children provides free and professional support to children and their families affected by life threatening illness and bereavement.
CCHP is a partnership led by Sirona care & health CIC working with Avon & Wiltshire Partnership Mental Health NHS TRust (AWP), Bristol Community Health CIC (BCH), University Hospital Bristol NHS Foundation Trust (UHB), Barnardo’s and Off The Record as partners. Together… Read more
National helpline providing support for children and young people after the loss of a parent through bereavement.
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
The YMCA are a leading christian organisation committed to supporting young people times of need. They offering accommodation, family work, health and well-being support as well as various other advice lines.
This web site is a key information resource for young people who self harm, their friends and families, and professionals working with them.
YoungMinds is a national charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of all children and young people under the age of 25. They offer advice, training, campaigning and various publications.
They also have lots of information for parents who may be worried about a child or young person’s behaviour or mental health, a Parents Helpline for parents worried about their children, and a text service (YoungMinds Crisis Messenger) for young people who are experiencing a mental health crisis.