All the places in Bristol you can go to for help if you’re a student experiencing mental health problems

A helpful list

University can be a stressful time and its important to know where to turn to if you need help.

Getting the right support for you and being able to give support for anyone in your life who is experiencing difficulties can be difficult. So we have compiled a list of the various organisations and support networks available in Bristol.

UOB’s Student Health Service

We are all aware of the student health service, they are where most of us will be registered and are the first port of call for many students who experience difficulties.

You can find the student health service website here.

UOB Student Counselling Service

The university counselling service that works closely with the student health service and provides free counselling for any student who requests it.

You can find their website here.

The Big White Wall

A 24/7 anonymous community where you can share and communicate with other people experiencing difficulties.

You can find thir website here.

Peace of Mind

A student society “dedicated to promoting mental health and wellbeing, raising awareness and reducing stigma surrounding mental illness.”

They run “weekly Positivitea coffee mornings, where anyone can come along for good company and conversation”

You can find them on Facebook, and on the Bristol SU website.

Bristol Mental Health

You can find a long list of services provided by Bristol Mental Health on thir website here.

Here are the organisations listed on their website:

ACE – assertive contact and engagement service

A service that reaches out to and works with group that are “currently under represented in mental health services”, including the LGBT+ community, refugees and asylum seekers, people with disabilities, those from BME communities, those who are homeless, and those with substance abuse problems.

Contact details:
[email protected]

Assessment and Recovery Centre

“The assessment and recovery service is for people who need intensive support and referrals are normally made by a GP. If however you have used the assessment and recovery service before you will be able to speak to a member of staff to discuss your situation”

Contact details:
24 hour crisis line- 03005550334

Bristol Sanctuary

“A place where people who are experiencing severe emotional distress can go for help out of normal working hours”
(I have heard great things about this place from people who have accessed their services). They see people through a telephone assessment and triage system.

It is located at 1 New Street, St Jude’s, Bristol, BS2 9DX

[email protected]

Community access support service

“Works with community, equalities and faith groups in Bristol, helping them to support their members or communities in accessing mental health services across the city.”

[email protected]

Community rehabilitation service

A service “to support people with long term mental health and complex needs to gain the skills and confidence to live as independently as possible”

[email protected]

Complex psychological interventions

A service that provides a wide range of therapies including:

-Cognitive behaviour therapy
-Dialectical behaviour therapy
-mentalization based therapy
-cognitive analytic therapy
-family work
-arts psychotherapy

Crisis service

“The crisis service provides high quality 24/7 support to people experiencing an extreme mental health or emotional crisis that requires help.”

24 hour crisis line- 03005550334

Early Intervention In Psychosis

A service that works with people between the ages of 16-35 who are experiencing symptoms of early onset psychosis.

They offer a range of therapies, including talking therapies, education, activities, medication and a care coordinator.

Inpatient services

Specialist inpatient care for those who “the complexity of their condition means that they need to receive specialist support within a hospital ward”

Men’s crisis house

“This house is for men experiencing mental health problems where hospital admission might be the only other alternative available”

You can be referred through health or social care support services, Bristol Mental Health services, your GP, A+E, voluntary agencies, the police, or you can self refer.

[email protected]

Women’s crisis house

“An alternative to a psychiatric admission for women who are experiencing a mental health crisis who are unable to cope in the community”

Referrals can be made by professionals, and self referrals are also accepted.

Wellbeing therapy services

“A partnership of 15 organisations all working together to deliver a range of talking therapies to support individuals experiencing a range of difficulties including:

-work related stress
-obsessions and compulsions
-post traumatic stress
-anger difficulties
-relationship difficulties
-long term physical health problems.