Services for parents with a child over 1 year in South Gloucestershire

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 South Gloucestershire 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 and you have a little one over the age of one, 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 to 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

The South Gloucestershire health visiting service offers support for all parents ofall children (from pregnancy to age 5), whatever their circumstances.  The service is made up of health visitors and community nursery nurses who work in the community with children and families from the antenatal period until they go to school. Health Visitors work alongside families offering help and information around early parenting and parenthood. Community nursery nurses support parents to understand their child’s behaviour, build a loving relationship with their child, and enjoy their parenting journey.

The team have had to modify the service in response to Covid 19, however there is still lots of support, information and guidance available.  Parents are encouraged to contact the service directly on weekdays, 9am – 4pm, on any of the following numbers:

Cadbury Heath/Kingswood Team: 0300 124 5498
Yate/Emerson's Green Team: 0300 124 5862
Thornbury/Patchway/Filton Team: 0300 125 5970

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 helpto 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.

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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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Barnardo’s Breastfeeding

Outline of service: Barnardo’s co-ordinates the South Gloucestershire breastfeeding support service. Support is offered to women in regular local groups and via a weekly clinic.

Who can access this service: Any breastfeeding mum in South Gloucestershire.

How to refer: See the website for all current group and clinic information.

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One You South Gloucestershire

Outline of service: One You South Gloucestershire is a healthy lifestyle and wellbeing service for adults to help make important, lasting improvements to their health.

Who can access this service: All adults over the age of 18 who are a South Gloucestershire resident or registered with a GP practice in South Gloucestershire.

How to refer: Self-referral via the website or by phone.

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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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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: Nilaari Helpline 0117 952 5742 or email

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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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Bristol Mind

Outline of service:  Bristol Mind is a mental health resource for people in the Bristol area. Some of their services are open to South Gloucestershire. These include LGBTQ+ counselling, national helplines MindLine Trans+ and MindLine, and the local information and signposting phone service.

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

How to refer: Services detailed above 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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