Mental Health

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Bristol LGBT Cardiac Support Group
Contact: Tim Gurney

A support group which has monthly meetings for LGBT folk who have been affected by heart problems – whether for themselves or partners or family.

Categories: Advice & Help, Gay, Mental Health, Support groups
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LGBT General Helpline (London Friend)
Home Phone: 020 7837 3337

Open on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday between 7.30pm and 9.30pm.  Our trained volunteers will listen and talk with you in a non-judgemental and supportive manner about:

  • Safer sex
  • Same-sex relationships
  • Coming out
  • Transgender issues
  • Other LGBT issues

London Friend also has an extensive database of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender services, agencies and charities that are available throughout the country. All calls are handled in the strictest confidence and we cannot trace your call. minicomMinicom facilities are available on request. Our LGBT Bereavement Helpline is open every Tuesday 7.30pm and 9.30pm evening, for people who have been bereaved or are preparing for bereavement and want to talk to one of our trained volunteers. Find out about our new e-mail service E-Talk If you would like to volunteer for the General LGBT Helpline, you can find our Application Pack at Become a Volunteer.

Categories: Advice & Help, Helplines, HIV/AIDS, LGBT, London, Mental Health, Non Binary, Suicide, Support groups, UK
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Other Chris, Freepost RSRB-KKBY-CYJK PO Box 9090 Stirling FK8 2SA
Home Phone: 116 123 (UK) Home Phone: 1850 60 90 90 (ROI)

Samaritans have been helping people in distress since 1953, their volunteers are amongst the most dedicated people in the voluntary sector, highly trained to hold the despair and suicidal feelings of those seeking their help without judgement or even suggesting what course they should take.  All communications are confidential, but if asked Samaritans can try and help find sources of specialist help for people with specific needs.

Categories: Advice & Help, Helplines, Mental Health, Suicide, UK
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Second Step Housing Association
Other 9 Brunswick Square Bristol BS2 8PE
Work Phone: 0117 909 6630 Work Fax: 0117 909 8807 Website:

Second Step provide housing with support for homeless people with mental health support needs and also support to people in their own homes.   The geographical focus of our work is the south west, particularly Bristol and surrounding areas.

Categories: Advice & Help, Homelesness, Mental Health
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WISH A voice for women\’s mental health
Women Only, NOT LGBT-specific
Other 15 Old Ford Road London E2 9PL
Work Phone: 020 8980 3618 Work Fax: 020 8980 1596 Website: Visit Website

Wish is a unique charity that works with women in secure hospitals and prisons throughout England and Wales. It is the only organisation to provide independent advocacy and emotional support at all stages of a woman’s journey through the mental health system.  We reach out to those deemed at risk of entering secure settings, seek to improve the quality of care for women already detained, and maintain our support after their release or discharge. Wish is a user led, membership organisation which is run by women with experience of mental distress and the mental health system.  This applies to over half of Wish’s Board of Directors, as well as to many of our paid staff members and volunteers.

Categories: England & Wales, Mental Health, Support groups, Women
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Womankind Bristol
Women Only, NOT LGBT-specific
Home Phone: Helpline 0345 4582914 or 0117 9166461 Work Phone: 0345 4582914 Work Fax: 0117 9166462 Work Phone: 0117 9166462 (Facsimile) Website: Visit Website

Womankind provides women in the Bristol area with free or affordable professional counselling, psychotherapy and on-going support. We provide:

  • A Helpline for women in distress and women suffering domestic abuse
  • Befriending for women with enduring mental health issues living in South Gloucestershire
  • Individual counselling for women on benefits and low incomes
  • Outreach and specialist counselling services
  • Short-term psychotherapy groups focussing on specific issues e.g. sexual abuse
  • Open-ended psychotherapy groups for women who need longer term support
  • A private counselling and group therapy service for women who can afford to pay
  • Confidential assessment to help you find out what support you need

We also offer…

  • Volunteering opportunities in administration, helpline and befriending
  • Student placements for counsellors who are interested in working psychodynamically
  • Training for volunteers and professionals
Categories: Advice & Help, Counselling, Mental Health, Women
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