Tel: 0845 300 80 90
24-hour abortion information service run by Marie Stopes International clinics.
Tel: 0800 00 99 66
Information and advice on a broad range of topics affecting older people.
Tel: 0845 769 7555
For those who think their drinking is becoming a problem; Alcoholics Anonymous offers the chance to talk to someone who knows the issues through personal experience.
Asthma UK Advice line
Tel: 08457 01 02 03
Asthma nurse specialists provide independent, confidential advice and support to people living with asthma, their families, friends and carers and to health professionals.
Tel: 0808 800 4104
The National Autistic Society Autism Helpline provides impartial, confidential information, advice and support for people with autism spectrum disorders, their families, professionals, researchers and students.
Tel: 0845 130 2704
Speak to someone at this registered charity who has experienced back pain. The helpline provides support and information and explains your options.
Beating Eating Disorders
Tel: 0845 634 1414
Confidential helpline offering support and advice for anyone affected by an eating disorder.
Tel: 01582 412220
Advice and support for transgender, transvestite, transsexual and cross-dressing people to reduce emotional stress and increase understanding.
Breast Cancer Care helpline
Tel: 0808 800 6000
Nurses and trained workers with personal or professional experience of breast cancer offer information and support on any aspect of breast cancer or breast health.
Brook Advisory Centres
Tel: 0808 802 1234
Free and confidential sexual health advice and services for under-25s.
Cancer Research UK
Tel: 0808 800 4040
Support and advice about all types and aspects of cancer – diagnosis, treatment, symptom control, clinical trials, support groups and where to get practical and emotional help.
Cancerbackup Cancer UK
Tel: 0808 800 1234
Information from nurses about all types and aspects of cancer – diagnosis, treatment, symptom control, clinical trials, support groups and where to get practical and emotional help.
Tel: 0300 123 1053
Confidential information and advice for anyone looking after someone else.
Tel: 0800 1111
Support, information and advice for children on any topic they want to talk about – bullying, gangs, puberty, sexual abuse, alcohol, drugs, or anything else that worries them.
Contact a Family
Tel: 0808 808 3555
Information on specific conditions and rare disorders for families with disabled children.
Tel: 0844 803 0252
For more information, please click here to visit their website
A confidential, leading support network in the UK encouraging those in distress to seek help. The directory contains information on many different types of distress, as well as articles, news and events.
Crohn’s and Colitis Support
Tel: 0845 130 3344
A confidential, supportive listening service provided by trained volunteers for anyone affected by inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Lines are open weekdays 1pm-3.30pm and 6.30pm-9pm.
Crohn’s and Colitis UK
Tel: 0845 130 2233
An information service for people affected by inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Calls are taken by Information Officers from 10am-1pm weekdays. An answering service operates at other times.
Cruse Day by Day
Tel: 0844 477 9400
Help and support for people who are bereaved. Also offers a special line for young people on 0808 808 1677.
Please see the below website for help and advice around depression and mental health.
Diabetes Support Group
Meetings of the Portishead Diabetes Support Group are regularly held in the waiting area at Portishead Medical Group.
Typically a talk with questions normally lasts about an hour. Meetings start at 7.30 p.m. (doors open from 7 p.m.)
All those with diabetes, their partners and friends are welcome to attend.
Monday 24th September
Monday 26th November (Social Evening)
Domestic Violence Helpline
Tel: 0808 2000 247
National Domestic Violence 24-hour helpline for those who require an urgent response or need in-depth support. The helpline is run by Women’s Aid and Refuge.
Tel: 0300 123 1110
Information and self-help materials, help to callers worried about their own drinking, support for family and friends of people who are drinking, and advice on where to go for help.
Tel: 07976 276242
Tel: 0845 122 8690
For information and advice on contraception, sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy choices, abortion, or planning a pregnancy.
Tel: 0300 123 6600
Call for confidential and friendly advice about drugs from professional advisers who will give you straight up, unbiased information.
Tel: 08450 70 80 70
British Heart Foundation’s cardiac nurses and information officers provide information to help support any medical advice you have already had from your GP or consultant.
Learning Disability Helpline
Tel: 0808 808 1111
An advice and information service from Mencap for people with a learning disability, their families and carers.
Tel: 0808 808 0000
Information and advice for anyone with concerns about living with cancer. Also offers a textphone service on 0808 808 0121.
Meningitis Research Foundation
Tel: 0808 800 3344
Trained staff and qualified nurses offer information on meningitis and septicaemia to anyone concerned about or affected by these infections.
Mind Info Line
Tel: 0845 766 0163
Mind’s helpline gives confidential advice and help for people with mental health problems.
Call 111 when you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency. Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls free from landlines and mobiles.
Tel: 0300 300 0834
Positive Steps give advice and support and help for those with mental health problems.
Pregnancy Advisory Service
Tel: 03457 30 40 30
For information and advice on abortion and pregnancy services that are available to you.
Tel: 0845 456 0455
Helpline services offering practical and emotional support to those experiencing severe mental illness, their carers and relatives.
Sexual health line
Tel: 0300 123 7123
Free confidential information and advice on sexual health.
Tel: 0808 800 4444
Free housing advice from the homelessness and housing charity.
Tel: 0300 123 1044
Get help to stop smoking and stay stopped.
Tel: 0845 303 3100
Advice from the Stroke Association, which helps stroke patients and their families through its support services and funds research into prevention, treatment and rehabilitation.
The Patients Association
Tel: 020 8423 8999
For concerns about healthcare in general, this national charity provides patients with a way to raise issues and share experiences as it works to improve the care we all receive.
Tel: 08457 90 90 90
Confidential non-judgemental emotional support, 24 hours a day, for people who feel distressed, despairing or suicidal.
Tel: 0845 1221 200
Information, support and advice from the Terrence Higgins Trust on all aspects of HIV and sexual health.