A free NHS confidential 24/7 helpline for people who live in Bristol, North Somerset & South Gloucestershire.

The helpline line is staffed by experienced counsellors, who you can talk to and they will listen. They will offer emotional support and can connect you to organisations available in the local area. If English isn’t your first language we can arrange for a translator to support your call.

For immediate emotional and practical support call 0800 0126549.

Textphone users dial 18001 followed by 0800 0126549.

If you are 17 or under please call the Children and Young People’s helpline via Avon and Wiltshire Partnership SPA line on 0300 303 1320.

When you call the helpline you’ll be asked for your name, date of birth and address. We are a confidential service and we will always respect your privacy. There may be times when we may need to share information with other services, in order to keep you and others safe. This might be when a safety risk is identified. Any information that we share will always be the minimum amount required and done where possible with your full collaboration.

Other helplines you can call for support:

Samaritans 24/7 Free helpline, call: 116 223

Samaritans offer a safe place for you to talk and explore your concerns, worries or anything that is happening for you or causing you distress. 

Bristol Mindline Free helpline open 7 nights a week 7 pm-11 pm, call: 0808 808 0330

Mindline provides a space for you to talk when you are in distress or have concerns about someone else. Mindline can also let you know about other mental health services that could help.  

  • Will my information be shared with anyone else?

    We have a legal duty to keep your information confidential. We share information about you with other healthcare providers to give you the best possible care. If you would not like your information shared with your GP or other healthcare providers, please tell the person you are seeing at the IAPT service. We cannot give other organisations information without your consent, this might include housing departments, education services or your employer. This also includes if a family member contacts us on your behalf.

    There might be a legal reason for us to share information about you however, for example, if a child is at risk. In such situations, we must, by law, share information with other organisations.

  • What if someone I know wants to use the helpline but doesn’t speak English as a first language?

    If you or someone you know wants support but doesn’t feel comfortable conversing in English, we can get an interpreter to join your call quickly and easily. Please simply let us know which language you would like and we can organise this in just a few minutes. There is no cost to you for this service.

  • What if I am in urgent need of help?

    If you cannot keep yourself safe and need immediate help, please contact 999 or go to the Accident and Emergency Department of your local hospital (24hrs).

    If you can keep yourself safe and would like immediate emotional support and/or practical advise, our counsellors are here to provide a confidential space for you to talk. After listening and supporting, we can signpost or transfer you towards other organisations that you may find useful.

  • How do I know if I am suitable?

    You’ll need to be 18 or over and living in the Bristol, North Somerset & South Gloucestershire areas, or be registered with a GP in this area. If you’re unsure about your eligibility just contact us and we will confirm.

  • How much does it cost?

    The helpline is part of the NHS and free from landlines and mobiles.

  • How do I access the helpline?

    Call us on 0800 0126549

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