Children and young people’s emotional health and wellbeing

Children’s community health services provide a wide range of care and support for young people.

The Directory of Mental Health and Wellbeing Services for Children and Young People provides up-to-date mental health and wellbeing information, including services commissioned by Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire ICB.

You can download the directory for your local area below. They have been designed to be used online and you can also print them as an A5 booklet.

Bristol Directory of Mental Health and Wellbeing Services for Children and Young People North Somerset Directory of Mental Health and Wellbeing Services for Children and Young People South Gloucestershire Directory of Mental Health and Wellbeing Services for Children and Young People

Off the Record Bristol

Off The Record (OTR) is a mental health social movement by and for young people aged 11-25 in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset. OTR offer a variety of projects to promote good mental health and wellbeing, and empower young people to support themselves and their communities. OTR give young people a choice and a voice.

OTR are not just a charity providing mental health services, they are a mental health movement mobilised to support, promote and defend the mental health, rights and social position of young people. OTR recognise that individual and collective wellbeing is influenced by the structures and systems around us – and social, political and environmental contexts affect how we feel. In an at-times stressful world, OTR provides spaces for young people to learn and create positive change for their wellbeing.

OTR has a wide range of services for young people to get involved in, which are designed and often delivered by trained young people themselves, as well as in partnership with organisations across the region. These include therapeutic group work, one-to-one therapies and online self-help across the area, as well as projects exploring arts, sports, nature and activism, support around gender and sexuality identity, and targeted work with young people of colour within Bristol and South Gloucestershire. OTR is free and self-referral, meaning young people don’t need a diagnosis, professional referral or a parent/carer’s permission to access our services. OTR want to empower young people to work from their strengths and choose support that is best suited to them and take control of their experience.

You can visit OTR at their Hubs – drop-in spaces where young people, parents/carers and professionals can meet their staff and volunteers, chat about their projects and other local mental health support, and learn more about mental health and self-care.

Find out more at otrbristol.org.uk, otrnorthsomerset.org.uk and on X (formally known as Twitter) @otrbristol.

Kooth online counselling

Kooth is an online counselling and information service for young people who live in Bristol, North Somerset or South Gloucestershire, or are registered with a GP in one of the three areas.

Kooth can help with common issues that a young person might be experiencing and there are forum venues to discuss these with peers and professionals. There is an online counselling service and ways of setting goals to overcome young people’s issues.

Young people can get in touch with the service to get support directly, without needing to be referred by a health professional.

Mind You

If you are a young person living in South Gloucestershire, Mind You is an information hub to help you to look after your mental health, find out about mental health problems or get support.