Urgent and useful contacts

Crisis lines: help for suicidal thoughts


samaritans.org – Whatever you’re going through, call them free any time, from any phone.

24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you need a response immediately, it’s best to call us on the phone. The number is FREE to call. You don’t have to be suicidal to call them.

The Bristol Mental Health crisis line

0300 555 0334 – This line is open 24 hours a day, every day.

For Young People

Childline – 1 2 1 confidential online support
0800 1111

Papyrus – Advice & support for young people (under 35’s) and parents on Self-Harm, Depression, Anxiety, Wellbeing Apps.

0800 068 41 41
Mon-Fri 10am to 10pm
Weekends 2pm to 10pm
Bank Holidays 2pm to 5pm

Email – pat@papyrus-uk.org
Text – 07786 209697

Young Minds

Off the Record Bristol

Help Counselling Bristol

Reactions to Trauma


For adult survivors of childhood abuse

For sexual, physical, emotional, neglect, domestic:

NAPAC helplinenapac.org.uk/resources
0808 801 0331 (10am-9pm Mon-Thu & 10am-6pm on Fridays)


Self-Help Guides

For survivors of sexual assault and rape:

Understanding Depression

I Had a Black Dog by Matthew Johnstone (2007)

Books on Trauma Recovery

8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery
Take-charge Strategies to Empower Your Healing (8 Keys to Mental Health)
Babette Rothschild (2010)

Trauma is Really Strange
Steve Haines (2015)

The Compassionate Mind Approach to Recovering from Trauma
Series editor, Paul Gilbert (Compassion Focused Therapy)
Deborah Lee and Sophie James (2012)

The Compassionate Mind Workbook
A step-by-step guide to developing your compassionate self
Chris Irons & Elaine Beaumont (2016)

Courage To Be Yourself New Edition
A Woman’s Guide to Emotional Strength and Self-Esteem
Sue Patton Thoele (2016)

Find Your Inner Strength
Rick Hanson (2018)