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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’re feeling stressed, anxious, tense or depressed and find that these feelings are impacting on your relationships, work, or life generally, talk to your GP.  There are therapies and other treatments which can 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.

NHS Choices also has a list of mental health helplines that can offer expert advice and lots of online support and advice on mental health issues.

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Availability of mental health services over Christmas and New Year

This booklet has information about which mental health services in Bristol are available over Christmas and how you can contact them.

Bristol Mental Health

There are a range of innovative new Mental Health services in Bristol; this includes community mental health services, a crisis service and a dementia wellbeing service.

Watch this video for a brief introduction:

Details of the services can be found on the Bristol Mental Health website:

Bristol Mental Health

Accessing support

Talking about your problems can help. Your GP may suggest you try the Talking Therapies service – this is a service run by a partnership of different organisations offering a range of courses and groups which will help you focus on moving forward.

The Talking Therapies service is suitable for people experiencing a range of problems, including:

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

To discuss the therapies and courses available, and to arrange an appointment call Bristol Wellbeing Therapies on 0117 982 3209. 

Alternatively, you can find out more on the Bristol Wellbeing Therapies website:

Bristol Wellbeing Therapies

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

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