We understand that the Christmas period isn’t a great time for everyone and can have a huge impact on mental health. Unfortunately we are only a small charity, so we are not able to keep everything running for our members over Christmas.

Below are some alternative support streams but one of our facilitators Abi L is also hosting a Christmas Day zoom gathering. This is not a support group, but if you would like some company and cheer via zoom. Details here.

The Silver Line: This is a helpline service for older people who are feeling lonely and would like someone to talk to. This is available 24/7.
Telephone number: 0800 470 80 90

Samaritans: This helpline is open to anyone who is struggling and would like to talk to someone. Their service is open 24/7.
Telephone number: 116 123 

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) – This helpline is open to anyone who is struggling with their mental health. It is available everyday from 5PM to midnight.
Telephone number: 0800 58 58 58 

Shout 85258 – This is a texting service for anyone who is struggling with their mental health and would rather using a texting service than a helpline. Just text SHOUT to 85258 to start a conversation. This is available 24/7. (TBC)

No Panic- This service aims to assist those who suffer from OCD and anxiety disorders. Their helpline is open from 10AM to 10PM everyday.
Telephone number: 0300 7729844

Bristol Sanctuary– This service usually provides drop in face to face sessions, but is now only operating a phone service due to the pandemic for anyone suffering from mental distress. Please note they are closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Telephone number: 0117 9542952

Beat – This service provides support for people struggling with eating disorders. Beat’s helpline services will be open 4pm–9pm from 24 December to 1 January.

0808 801 0677 (adult helpline)
0808 801 0711 (youthline)
0808 801 0811 (studentline)
Click here for Beat’s information on Christmas with an eating disorder

Cruse Bereavement Care – Information and support after a bereavement. Cruse’s helpline opening hours will vary over the Christmas period, although it will be open at least 10am–2pm each day.

0808 808 1677
Cruse’s information on coping with grief at Christmas

Men’s Advice Line – Confidential advice and support for men experiencing domestic violence and abuse by a current or ex-partner or family member. The Men’s Advice Line will be closed on 25 and 26 December, and on 1 January. Otherwise, it will be open 9am–8pm Monday to Friday, as usual.

0808 801 0327

National Domestic Abuse Helpline – Free 24-hour helpline for women who have experienced domestic abuse, run by domestic violence charity Refuge. It is run by female advisors. The women’s helpline is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can contact them online and they will ask for a safe way to respond to you.

0808 2000 247