Support in Bristol

There is a range of support available to you while you are studying here both from the University and from local city-wide agencies we work closely with.

Support from the University

Support from outside the University

Contact your doctor

If you are struggling with anxiety, depression or other mental health difficulties, your doctor can help. They will listen and discuss what support is available and appropriate for you. Register with a doctor as soon as possible.

NHS Bristol Wellbeing Therapies

Bristol Wellbeing Therapies offer free workshops, courses and 1-1 CBT and EMDR to improve your wellbeing. You can contact them directly. Tel: +44 (0)117 982 3209.

Big White Wall

Big White Wall helps you get support, take control and feel better when you are anxious, low or not coping. It is free to all University of Bristol students, available 24/7 and anonymous.

Bristol Mental Health

Bristol Mental Health provides information about the different NHS mental health services available.

Other support services

Some of these will be free or low-cost to particular groups and some will charge for their services.

Avon Counselling and Psychotherapy Service

Offers full cost and some reduced fee counselling and psychotherapy in Bristol and Bath.
Tel: +44 (0)117 930 4447

Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling (BCPC)

Offers full cost and some reduced fee psychotherapy and counselling.
Tel: 07907 771 612

The Bridge

NHS sexual assault referral centre offering support, advice and counselling.
Tel: +44 (0)117 342 6999

The Bridge Foundation

Psychoanalytic psychotherapy and counselling in Bristol.
Tel: +44 (0) 117 942 4510

Bristol Mental Health

Provides information about the different NHS mental health services available.

Bristol Mind

A low cost mental health resource for people in Bristol.

British Medical Association (BMA) Counselling

Free telephone counselling for doctors and medical students. Available 24 hours a day. 
Tel: +44 (0)330 123 1245

CRUSE (Bereavement Centre)

Supporting people who are bereaved.
Tel: +44 (0) 117 926 4045

Contact Point Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy service in Bristol and surrounding areas. Payment is negotiable by donation. Email: stating 'Contact point Psychotherapy' in the email title.

The Green House

Free counselling for anyone who has experienced sexual abuse at any point in their lives.
Tel: +44 (0)117 935 1707

The Harbour

Free counselling for people affected by life threatening illness. 
Tel: +44 (0)117 925 9348

Help Counselling

For anyone up to 25 years old. Payment by donation (£3 upwards).
Tel: +44 (0)117 950 2511


Free counselling to survivors of rape and sexual abuse. 
Tel: +44 (0)117 908 7712


Affordable counselling in a welcoming, safe and confidential space.
Tel: +44 (0) 117 950 7271

NHS Bristol Wellbeing Therapies

Offers free support. You can contact them directly.
Tel: +44 (0)117 982 3209

Meeting Minds

A low-cost counselling service run by the charity Bristol Mind. 
Tel: +44 (0)117 980 0385

Marriage Care

Specialises in couple counselling. Payment by donation. 
Tel: 0800 389 3801

Off the record

Free group and individual counselling and support for young people, including a specialist LGBTQ service. 
Tel: 0808 808 9120


Couple counselling. Payment by donation. 
Tel: +44 (0)117 942 8444

Severnside Institute for Psychotherapy (SIP)

Psychoanalytic, psychotherapy and counselling service. Some reduced fee sessions available. 
Tel: +44 (0)117 927 3898

The Southmead Project

Offers free therapeutic and practical support to adults who were abused as children and have turned to drugs, alcohol and other ways of self-harming as a consequence of that trauma.
Tel: +44 (0)117 950 6022

The Survivor Pathway

Provides support for anyone who has experienced sexual violence.

The SWAN Project

Low cost counselling to people with addictions. 
Tel: +44 (0)117 989 2521

Vine Counselling Services

For adults in the North Somerset area. Payment by donation. 
Tel: +44 (0)1934 876377

Wessex Counselling Service

Psychodynamic counselling in Bristol and Somerset. 
Tel: 01373 453355


Free or low-cost counselling and psychotherapy for women in Bristol. 
Tel: +44 (0)117 916 6461

Private counselling

These national organisations provide a list of private registered therapists. Search for one near you by postcode.

Health and wellbeing events

Find out what Health and Wellbeing events are going on at the University. 

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