Mental health and wellbeing

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. If you think that you may have a mental health problem – or suspect that someone close to you has one – please seek help. Without care and treatment, mental health problems can have a serious effect on an individual and those around them.

The information below is a starting point, but we urge you to see your GP.

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.

If you live in Bristol and are suffering from a mental health crisis, call 0300 555 0334 to speak to the Bristol crisis service. They are 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.

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 Wellbeing Therapies

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:

Local councils

Your local council provides groups and activities you could take part in to help you promote and manage your mental health and wellbeing. 

Positive Step

If you live in North Somerset, Positive Step  offer local support and advice on common mental health problems, you can contact them to find out more about;

  • addictions – such as drug and alcohol misuse
  • sleep problems
  • self-esteem issues
  • bereavement
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • postnatal depression

They can also put you in touch with counselling organisations.

Find out more by calling 0800 688 8010 or emailing awp.positivestep@nhs.net 

Local councils

Your local council provides groups and activities you could take part in to help you promote and manage your mental health and wellbeing. 

Wellbeing Therapies Service

The Wellbeing Therapies Service is run by trained practitioners who listen and discuss your problems with you. They can also help you to find ways of coping with your problems.

In South Gloucestershire we work with 15 therapeutic organisations based in South Gloucestershire and Bristol to find the right talking therapy for you.

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 contact the service, you can either speak to your GP and ask to be referred, or refer yourself by calling LIFT Psychology on 0117 378 4270.

Or visit the Wellbeing Therapies Service website:

Online help at NHS Choices

If you’re feeling low and need help, you can visit The Moodzone . You can take their quick online self-assessment test, which will indicate whether you’re depressed and need medical help, or are simply feeling low.

Other support organisations

  • 1 in 4 People- local charity supporting the one in four people over 16 years-old that suffer from mental health issues
  • 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 residents of Bristol and the surrounding areas, providing information about local services
  • Cruse Bereavement Care- a national charity supporting children, young people and adults when someone dies. 
  • Depression Alliance– a national charity offering support and advice on living with depression
  • Mind- a national charity provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem
  • 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