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Mental health

Mental health

Get help if you need mental health support

Emergency support

If it's an emergency call Bristol Mental Health on 0300 555 0334. This line is open 24 hours, 7 days a week.

You can also get support from the Samaritans, get in touch about anything that's troubling you, no matter how large or small the issue feels. Call for free on 116 123

Non-emergency support

If you need help now, and you're not sure what to do, call 111.

Who to contact

GP or doctor

Contact your doctor (GP) to get mental health support and advice.

Find mental health support services 

Find your nearest mental health services on the NHS website

Mental health organisations

  • Local NHS mental health and wellbeing services
  • Bristol Mental Health: information and support phone line for mental health services in Bristol
  • Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health NHS Trust Inpatient and community mental health care for people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire
  • Samaritans: emergency (24 hour) support for anyone in emotional distress, struggling to cope, or thinking of suicide throughout the UK and Ireland. Call Bristol's Samaritans on 116 123 or 0330 094 5717 (local call charges apply). 
  • Mind: the mental health charity
  • Bluebell: support to help families manage their mental health and wellbeing during pregnancy, and up to two years after birth. Call 0117 922 0746, email info@bluebellcare.org or drop in.
  • Bristol Mind: mental health support service that provides information, low cost counselling and advocacy services.
  • Bristol Dementia Wellbeing Service
  • Childline: free and confidential mental health support for children under the age of 19 years old.  Call 0800 1111.
  • Well Aware: information about organisations, support groups, community groups, events and activities that can help improve your health and wellbeing
  • Off the Record: free and confidential counselling for young people aged 11 to 25 years in Bristol
  • Bristol Active Life Project; activities for people with long-term mental health difficulties
  • Alzheimer's Society
  • Rethink: support to improve the lives of people affected by mental illness through local groups, services and information
  • SANE: emotional support, guidance and information to anyone affected by mental illness.
  • Second Step: support people in their home with mental health problems
  • Womankind: support women in the Bristol area with professional counselling, group psychotherapy, supportive and reliable  help and a helpline service
  • Changes Bristol: support groups in Bristol for anyone aged 18 or over, that offer a safe and friendly space for people to share any worries they might have. Free to access, confidential and no referral needed.
  • Community Access Support Service (CASS): Offers support to minority ethnic and faith-based groups in improving access to mental health services.

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