Services for new
parents Bristol

If you have recently had a baby and your mental health has been affected, 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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If you feel that your mental health, or that of your partner, is deteriorating during the postnatal period, please seek advice from your local GP. It is very common for parents to feel low or anxious during this time and there is no need to suffer in silence. GPs can help you identify what help you need and support you at difficult times.

Service delivery plan during COVID 19:
GP surgeries are open as normal, but do expect to receive a phone call initially from the Doctor.

Health Visitors

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

Specialist Community Perinatal Service - Avon & Wiltshire Partnership Mental Health Trust

Outline of service: Pregnancy can be difficult for both new mums and partners and cause mood changes and anxiety symptoms. This often gets better with the help of friends, family, GPs and other healthcare professionals. A perinatal team is involved when more specialist support is needed.

The AWP team is made up of a range of professionals including mental health nurses, parent-infant therapists, nursery nurses and specialist psychiatrists. The service offers assessment and treatment, and works with mums in community settings. It supports women with longstanding, severe mental illness during pregnancy and following birth (bipolar, psychosis, previous post-partum psychosis, eating disorders, OCD and severe anxiety). Support is also available to mums who have previously attended a mother and baby unit, and women experiencing mental illness for the first time in pregnancy/as a new parent.

The service covering Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset works in conjunction with specialist perinatal staff at the maternity hospitals.

Who can access this service:
• Women with previous mental health difficulties who want to plan their pregnancy.
• Women with a significant family history of certain mental health illnesses such as bipolar or psychosis.
• Women being cared for by secondary mental health services (the perinatal team usually works alongside them).
• Professionals supporting mum during pregnancy or following birth may feel extra mental health support/assessment is needed.

Referrals are typically between 12 week’s gestation and 9 months postnatally (but the service will accept from pre-pregnancy to 12 months postnatally), and triaged on an individual need basis.

How to refer:  If you are concerned about your mental health, please contact your GP/midwife/health visitor. If you are supported by secondary mental health services your current team can discuss with you.

Who can refer:  Professional referral only.

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 Bristol.

How to refer: Professional referral only. Please contact health care professional/support worker and they will refer you if appropriate.

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Childen’s Centres

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.

Central Bristol Children’s Centre East Bristol Children’s Centre North Bristol Children’s Centre South Bristol Children’s Centre


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.

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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:

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The NILAARI agency

Outline of service: Nilaari is a mental health service which focuses on Black, Asian and Minority Communities (BAME). It is a unique, independent organisation covering Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

Who can access the service: Nilaari offers a service to anyone who is resident in Bristol and South Gloucestershire over the age of 18 yrs.

How to refer: Self referral.

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Home-Start Bristol

Outline of service:
Home-Start Bristol offers a lifeline to families with young children who are going through difficult times and require support and practical help.

Who can access this service:
Any family with at least one child under the age of 5 years.

How to refer:
Professional referral and self-referral. All details and referral forms can be found on the website.

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Bluebell Care

Outline of service: Bluebell offers support to pregnant and new mums who are experiencing depression and anxiety. Mums can access 1:1 support from a peer support buddy, group support programs and the opportunity to come along to targeted drop-in sessions at their central Bristol Hub.

Who can access the service: Pregnant mums and mums with little ones up to the age of 2 years old.

How to refer: Professional and self-referrals accepted. Visit website to download referral form.

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Dads in Mind

Outline of service: Dads In Mind supports Dads who are experiencing difficulties with their mental health surrounding pregnancy and birth of a child, or are supporting a partner who is having difficulties. Dads can access 1:1, and group peer support.

Who can access the service: Any dad who needs psychological support around his partner’s pregnancy, birth and up to 2 years postnatally.

How to refer: Professional and self-referrals accepted. Visit website to download referral form.

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Well Aware

Outline of service: Well Aware hold information about organisations, support groups, community groups, events and activities across Bristol and South Gloucestershire that can help improve health and wellbeing.

Who can access the service: Open to all.

How to refer: See the website for all information or contact an adviser via phone/email/post.

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Mothers for Mothers

Outline of service:  Mothers for Mothers run weekly peer support groups for women and pre-school children; a counselling and art psychotherapy service; a helpline and pre-arranged weekly support calls and home visits for women who are too unwell to access services and activities outside of their home.

Who can access the service: Services are open to pregnant women and families with pre-school-aged children.

How to refer: Professional and self referral taken via the helpline number or email.

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Outline of service: Rockabye run groups to support and nourish your relationship with baby through sharing experiences with other parents, singing and sensory play.  The organisation runs both Ante-natal groups (6 weeks long) and Post-natal groups (10-12 weeks).

Who can access the service: Parents during pregnancy and with pre-crawling babies living in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

How to refer: Professional and self-referrals accepted.

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Bristol Mind   

Outline of service: Bristol Mind is a Mental Health resource for people in the Bristol area.

Who can access the service: Suitable for adults over the age of 18.  

How to refer: All services are available for self-referral.

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Baby Bank Network

Outline of service: Provides free pre-loved baby items to families in need.

Who can access the service: Any family living in poverty, with children under the age of 5 years old.

How to refer: Any professional, support worker or charity working with family can refer via website.

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