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Mental health

One in four people in the UK experience a mental health problem at some point that affects their daily life, relationships or physical health.

Mental health problems can affect anyone, regardless of age, race, gender or social background. Without care and treatment, mental health problems can have a serious effect on an individual and those around them.

Who should I contact?

If you are stressed and routinely feeling anxious, tense or depressed and find that these feelings interfere with sleeping, eating, relationships or work, talk to your GP. Counselling and medications may help.

If you do not have a doctor, NHS 111 can put you in touch with one and provide further information or advice.

In a mental health crisis? Call this number 0300 555 0334. The Bristol crisis service is there for you 24/7 whenever you need to talk to a mental health expert.

Bristol Mental Health

There are a new range of innovative new mental health services are being rolled out in Bristol from 1 October 2014.

This offers support with assessment and recovery, homelessness, early intervention in psychosis, complex psychological interventions, dementia and employment. Visit the Bristol Mental Health website to see how it can help you:

Bristol Mental Health

Accessing support

Talking about your problems can help. Your GP may suggest you try Wellbeing Therapies, a service run by Lift Psychology offering trained practitioners who listen and discuss your problems with you. Bristol Wellbeing Therapies focus on helping you move forward and are suitable for a variety of problems, including:

  • depression
  • anxiety/panic
  • work-related stress
  • obsessions
  • anger difficulties
  • relationship difficulties
  • eating problems
  • loss/bereavement
  • coping with long-term physical health conditions

To discuss the therapies and courses most appropriate for you, and to arrange an appointment with a Lift Psychology practitioner, call 0117 982 3209.

Alternatively, you can find out more and book straight onto a foundation course at Bristol Wellbeing Therapies website.

Other support organisations

  • Alzheimer's Society – a national website offering advice and information about living with Alzheimer’s, for the individual, family and carers
  • Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health NHS Trust – for details of local community and inpatient services in Bristol
  • Bristol Active Life Project – activity sessions for people who have experienced long-term mental health difficulties within various leisure facilities across Bristol
  • Bristol Mind – a confidential Freephone helpline on 0808 808 0330 for Bristol residents, providing information about local services
  • Depression Alliance – a national charity offering support and advice on living with depression
  • Rethink – a national charity helping people with severe mental illness on 0300 5000 927 (Monday to Friday, 10am-2pm)
  • Samaritans – a confidential 24 hour telephone service offering support to anyone in distress on 0117 983 1000 (Branch) 08457 909090 (UK)
  • SANE – SANE offers emotional support and information to anyone affected by mental health problems
  • Second Step – offers housing and support services to people with mental health problems
  • Well Aware – an online guide to health, wellbeing and community services in Bristol, South Gloucestershire, Bath and North East Somerset
  • Womankind – provides women in the Bristol area with free or affordable professional counselling, psychotherapy and on-going support and a helpline on 0845 458 2914 or 0117 9166 461

See also

Emotional support of teenagers