If your mental health is being affected as a parent to a young child, you are not alone. Below you will find the full range of services in Bristol that can offer help and support. Please contact organisations directly for the latest service delivery information during COVID 19.
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During these unfamiliar and difficult times we would like to reassure parents the Health Visiting Service continues and is available to all parents and families. Having a baby is a big life event and it’s normal to experience a range of emotions and reactions; for many this has been heightened by the current Covid pandemic. If you feel your emotions and reactions are starting to impact on how you live your life you may be experiencing a mental health problem. We are here to support you.
We continue to offer our 5 routine contacts; during pregnancy, within 2 weeks of birth, 6-8 weeks and at 1 and 2 years of age. Currently we offer this through telephone and video consultations, although we are hoping to resume face-to-face support soon. In Bristol we also have a dedicated Health Visitor helpline for parents operating Monday to Friday 9am until 4pm. Our clinics and hubs are not currently running.
Bristol Telephone and Advice Information service numbers:
South - 0300 125 6264
North - 0300 125 6278
East and Central - 0300 125 6274
Primary Infant Mental Health Specialists (PIMHS)
Outline of service: The Infant Mental Health Service (PIMHS) within CAMHS focuses on the emotional wellbeing of babies, and pre-school children and their carers. When there has been a lot of family stresses or health worries, some babies and young children may need extra help to express themselves. They often show us how they feel, through their behaviours. PIMHS work with families to explore family interaction patterns and to understand their young child’s perspective.
Who can access this service: Carers and their young children living in South Gloucestershire.
How to refer: Professional referral only. Please contact health care professional/support worker and they will refer you if appropriate.
We at Bristol’s Children’s Centres want to let you know about our services and how they can be accessed during these unfamiliar times.
We are funded by Bristol City Council and are an integral part of both Early Education and Children & Families services. We work in partnership with many different organisations and people to provide a universal and targeted service in the communities across Bristol. We are continuing to provide support for under-fives and their parents/carers via zoom and face to face in our centres. We are also offering a range of virtual courses.
Our service is here for you, so please take a look at what we provide and the information on our pages. It could be, that they might help you to find an answer or a service that you need right now. Bristol has 4 children’s Centre hubs.
Outline of service: Vitaminds support clients experiencing depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, excessive worry or low mood. This service provides a range of evidence based talking therapies as well as advice and guidance on community services that can support you in your local area.
Who can access this service: Suitable for over 16 year olds living in the Bristol, North Somerset & South Gloucestershire.
How to refer: Professional and Self referrals accepted.
Referrals can be made via the telephone or via the online referral form which can be found on our website.
Bristol Breastfeeding Support Team
Outline of service: Bristol Breastfeeding Support team provides support in helping mothers to feed their babies. This service offers 1:1 support to mums in some areas of Bristol. They also facilitate peer group support across the city.
Who can access this service: Any breastfeeding mum.
How to access service: via link or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org