Additional Support

Please find below local and national organisations offering parents further support and information.

National Organisations

NHS England
NHS information on mental health during pregnancy and the first year following birth.

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The Depression Alliance
National charity providing information and support services for people affected by depression.

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Maternal Mental Health Alliance
Charity and coalition of UK organisations supporting maternal mental health.

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Association for Postnatal Illness
Provide a national helpline and volunteers who can talk to anyone in the UK via phone, together with useful leaflets.

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Action on Postpartum Psychosis
Provide information re: severe mental illness which sometimes happens suddenly following childbirth.

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National Breastfeeding Helpline
Independent, confidential, mother-centred, non-judgemental breastfeeding support and information.

Tel: 0300 100 0212.

Royal College of Psychiatrists
Excellent mental health information resource.

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Refuge -24-hour National Domestic Violence Freephone Helpline:

0808 2000 247

Women's Aid (domestic violence)

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Samaritans
Completely confidential emotional support 24 hours a day by phone, face-to-face, email and letter.
Free national tel: 116 213

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SANDS -Stillbirth and neonatal death charity
Support for parents who have experienced the death of a baby during or in the neonatal period.

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Tommy’s
Charity with a team of in-house midwives offering free support during pregnancy and following birth.
Email: midwife@tommys.org

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Maternal OCD
Charity offering peer support to mums.

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Supportive Parents:
Provides free and confidential information, support and advice about special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) to children, young people up to the age of 25 and their parents.

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FLAGG
FFLAG is the UK’s charity working for the acceptance and understanding of LGBT+ people by their friends and families, especially their parents. Most local parents’ support groups are meeting by online means such as Zoom.

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Bliss
Bliss Provides emotional and practical support for parent with premature or sick babies. 
More information: https://www.bliss.org.uk

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National Institute for Clinical Excellence
NICE guidelines are evidence-based recommendations for health and care in England

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Safeguarding
If you have immediate concerns about your own or someone else’s safety call the Police on 999. If it isn’t an emergency, but you need help quickly call the police on 101. If you’re concerned about a child being abused or neglected contact the First Response Team on 0117 903 0644 during office hours or the Emergency Duty Team on 01454 615165.

Bristol Mental Health
If you or someone you are with is in crisis, please call the 24 hour crisis line: 0300 555 0334. If your enquiry is more routine, call the service on 0117 919 5670 from 8am-8pm.

Bristol Sanctuary
1 New Street, St Jude’s, Bristol, BS2 9DX. A safe place to visit for people experiencing severe emotional distress. Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday nights from 7pm to 2am. Call 0117 9542952 or Email: awp.bmhsanctuary@nhs.net

Womankind:
Provides women in the Bristol area with free or affordable counselling, psychotherapy and on-going support. Email: info@womankindbristol.org.uk

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BAVA
Website with up to date info re: help and support in Bristol against violence and abuse.

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Next Link
Crisis support, temporary supported housing, safe houses and long term support for women and children experiencing domestic abuse.

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Changes Bristol
Peer-led support groups for adults experiencing mental distress.
Email: info@changesbristol.org.uk

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Addiction Recovery Agency
Support for your own or someone else’s drinking /drug use.
Email: info@addictionrecovery.org.uk

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Citizens Advice Bureau
48 FairfaxSt, Bristol, BS1 3BL
Helps people resolve their legal, money and other problems by providing free information and advice.

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Shelter
Help with bad housing and homelessness through advice, support and legal services.

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Bristol City Council Homelessness Prevention Team
Citizen advice service, Tel: 0117 352 6800
Email: housing.advice@bristol.gov.uk

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Bristol Housing Advice Service
Free, independent, confidential community based housing advice service.
Email: chasbristol@supanet.com

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Bristol Young Parents Alliance
Community support and housing for young parents. Tel: 0117 955 9792
Email: BYPA@placesforpeople.co.uk

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Jump Start Fitness

Outline of service: JumpStart runs funded fitness and nutrition sessions for families who live in tower blocks in 4 areas in Bristol: once a week we play fitness games, challenges, races and boxing skills, on the grassy area right by the flats where they live. Ouractivities develop Physical fitness, but also focus, team work, healthy competition and leadership.

Who can access the service: Anyone.

How to refer: Find all the information on the Facebook page or just come along to a session.

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Wesport
A sports charity that is passionate about helping people become more physically active and enjoy the benefits that an active lifestyle can bring.

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Safeguarding
If you have immediate concerns about your own, or someone else’s safety call 999. If it is not an emergency but you need help fast call the police on 101.

If you are concerned that a child is being abused or neglected, call ‘in’ hours: 01275 888808 or ‘out of hours’: 01454 615165.

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Homeless prevention team
Support if you are homeless or worried about becoming homeless, Tel: 01934 426330 Email: nominations@n-somerset.gov.uk
If you become homeless after 6pm on a weekday or anytime over a weekend or bank holiday, you can call the emergency duty team on 01454 615 165.

01454 615 165

Gemini Services
Domestic abuse support call DAFFs helpline. 0800 6949 999 (9am to 5pm) to talk to Gemini Services who offer local support and advice for women and men affected by domestic abuse. Tel: 0870 066 4233 Email: Gemini.referrals@knightstone.cjsm.net

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North Somerset Young Parents Group
Support for mums under 21 years of age. Tel: 01934 426 794 or
Email: westoncentral.childrenscentre@n-somerset.gov.uk

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We Are Aware North Somerset
Voluntary run service for people with mental health issues. 
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AwareNS/
Website: www.weareaware.info

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Womankind
Provides a helpline, web chat and counselling service.
Email:
 info@womankindbristol.org.uk
Website: www.womankindbristol.org.uk

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Citizens Advice Bureau
Helps people resolve legal, money and other problems by providing free information and advice. Unit 3, The Sovereign Centre, High St, Weston-super-Mare BS23 1HL.

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Wesport
A sports charity that is passionate about helping people become more physically active and enjoy the benefits that an active lifestyle can bring.

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Citizens Advice Bureau
Helps people resolve legal, money and other problems by providing free information and advice. Unit 3, The Sovereign Centre, High St, Weston-super-Mare BS23 1HL.

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