If you feel you are at the end of your tether, you are not alone.
If you need immediate, urgent help with a mental health issue:
The Blurt website offers excellent advice if you are in immediate crisis.
0300 304 7000. A specialist mental health helpline available between 6pm and 11pm each evening.
A mental health charity spearheaded by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. Click here for their excellent list of support resources.
Cerebra Stress Helpline
0800 043 9385. This is a free telephone counselling helpline for carers, to give you somewhere to talk things through and get some advice on dealing with the stress. Also, see this page to download Cerebra’s Stress Guide: http://w3.cerebra.org.uk/help-and-information/guides-for-parents/managing-stress-for-carers-and-their-families/.
01179 831000. They are there 24 hours a day to help you talk things through and get help.
Dial 111. This is a 24-hour line which has psychiatric staff who can help you work out what to do next.
0808 808 0330. This line is open Wednesday to Sunday, from 8pm to midnight.
Helplines Partnership have a comprehensive list of helplines for all kinds of different issues http://search.helplines.org/
Psychology Tools offers free downloadable resources to help with mental health issues.
For a complete list of mental health services in Bristol, please visit http://bristolmind.org.uk/advice-resources/.
If you need non-urgent help:
Having a mental health condition, or caring for someone who does, may leave you feeling distressed, lonely or isolated. Textcare provides help at times that are relevant for you.
Click here to learn more
Womankind provides women in the Bristol area with free or affordable professional counselling, psychotherapy and on-going support.
Telephone: 0117 9166461
Heart to Heart
A low-cost counselling service that is quick and stress free to access, based in Kingswood.
Telephone: 07926 314739
Low Cost Counselling
We are experienced counsellors and trainee counsellors with a wide verity of backgrounds. The Counselling is delivered by experienced students who are in their final years of training.
Telephone: 07927 355028
A talking therapy service which makes counselling, CBT and psychotherapy more accessible for individuals, couples and young people.
Telephone: 0755 7511 970
Contact a Family have a helpful Relationship Support Site to help you find solutions.
Couples counselling may help you both to see things from the other’s perspective and come to an understanding. You don’t need an autism expert to help you.
Marriage Care also offers counselling, both by phone and in person, and charges are flexible. See http://www.marriagecare.org.uk/how-we-help/relationship-counselling/ or ring 0800 389 3801 or 01159 934255.
Autism Daddy is an excellent, plain speaking blogger who writes openly about his son’s autism and its impact on his marriage. He has written an excellent post called 12 ways to keep your marriage strong when you have a child with autism.