Below, we have listed different sources of support for mental health support, for adults, children and young people that is available in the Bradford district. The type of services they offer will vary a great deal, and some may require a referral from a professional, such as a GP, while others you will be able to contact directly yourself. Please see the contact details for each service. We may update this from time to time to add services and groups.

**Call 999 if you or someone you know experiences an acute life-threatening medical or mental health emergency. You can go to A&E directly if you need immediate help and are worried about your safety**

(The details to the best of our knowledge are correct at the time of producing this post; however, services may change what they offer over time, and we may not always be aware of this. If you know of a good mental health service or group that’s not listed, please let us know – email

We held a Listening Event on 25th November 2021 – the focus was on mental health support for children and young people with SEND. We heard from five different local services – you can view these presentations here:

Thrive  A system wide programme which aims to improve the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children and young people living in Bradford District and Craven.  Joanne is employed by NHS Bradford District and Craven CCG, but works with partners across health, social care, education, the community and voluntary sector to improve services, the experiences of children, young people, parents and carers accessing support and the outcomes achieved.

Kooth and Qwell is an online mental health and emotional wellbeing service available to young people (aged 10-18). Kooth is a free, safe, anonymous, BACP accredited community that is accessible 365 days of the year, where young people sign themselves up to access same-day chat and counselling sessions. All our chat and counselling sessions are text-based conversations that take place on the Kooth website, and last up to an hour. Young people can also get peer-to-peer support. Qwell is a service for adults. You can find out more about Kooth here

Youth In Mind Know Your Mind service supports young people in central Bradford with mental health and wellbeing I am also the Programme Lead for Youth in Mind, which is a collaboration of 7 organisations providing a range of support for children and young people.

Mental Health Support Service  The team work on a 1:1 basis with children and young people who are presenting with mild to moderate mental health difficulties. We have a variety of interventions which are suitable for young people aged 5-18. They also work with parents/carers for several interventions including Parent Led CBT and our parenting programme for conduct problems.

Camhs Specialist CAMHS is a 9-5 service for children and young people with considerable levels of mental health difficulties. CAMHS professionals include Psychiatrist, Psychologists, Primary Mental Health Workers, Mental Health Nurses and Practitioners, Support Workers and Therapists.

Other support services and groups

First Response crisis service 

This service offers support 24 hours a day, seven days a week to people of all ages living in Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale or Craven experiencing a mental health crisis. You do not have to have used any mental health services before to contact us. For more details see the First Response leaflet. Visit their website here for more information about how it works, and to access the service using British Sign Language.


You can call them any time for free on 116 123. You can also email them if the response you need can take a bit longer. Find out their details and more about what they offer here

Cellar Trust – Haven Crisis Support

This crisis support service, known as Haven, offers a calm and friendly alternative to A&E for people in mental distress 365 days a year. It’s available to people who live in Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale or Craven.

Haven is a non-clinical, supportive environment designed to help people in crisis stay safe, work through and understand their feelings, and then support them to access the support they need going forward.

Shout 85258

Shout 85258 offers confidential 24/7 crisis text support for times when you need immediate assistance. You can contact them by texting SHOUT to 85258. You can find out more about them on their website here.


This service is for people under 35 who have come to feel that life is not worth living any more. They have a telephone number, HopelineUK from 9am to 10pm weekdays and 2pm to 10pm on weekends. Call them on 0800 068 4141 or text 07786 209697. You can find out more about what they offer on their website, which you can view here.


Children and young people under 19 can call Childline on 0800 1111. The number will not appear on telephone bills. More information and advice is available on their website, here.

Future Focus

This NHS service is for people between 14 and 35 who are experiencing mental distress or changes in mood. Individuals can refer themselves to this, or a GP/Health Professional can refer. View their information leaflet here and here

Hey Mama

Hey Mama is a peer support group for mums who are struggling with their mental health. They run meet-up groups in Shipley, Thornbury and Harrogate during term time, and are free. View their website here. You can find them on Facebook by searching for Heymamaclub. 

Cellar Trust – Parents Online

If you’re a parent in need of support, you can use this service to speak to a fellow parent who has been through their own challenges and knows how difficult it can feel.  You can talk about anything on your mind, for as long or as short a time as you like. This service is available Monday to Friday from 6pm till 9pm via the ‘chat’ icon at

Safer Spaces for Young People

Safer Space can help if you are in Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale or Craven and experiencing emotional distress. Safer Spaces can offer a welcoming, homely place to stay overnight. Friendly, trained staff will help you to keep yourself safe and make sense of what is going on. Overnight stays are currently available for Children and Young People, aged 0 to 18 years, from Friday to Sunday, from 22:00 to 10:00.

How do I access Safer Spaces? – Call the NHS First Response service and ask to be referred to a Safer Space on 0800 952 1181. You can
call yourself or a friend, carer, family member or professional can call on your behalf.

You might want to come to Safer Space if you:
 Feel things are getting too much
 Don’t want to see your friends or family
 Don’t feel yourself and your mood keeps changing
 Feel out of control to unable to cope

Local Men’s Group

Two qualified therapists have set up a monthly online group for men in Cottingley, Saltaire, mid-Baildon, Idle and Windhill. The Facebook flyer, including contact details, can be seen here

Night Owls

Night Owls is an overnight confidential support line for Children and Young People in West Yorkshire who are in crisis. It is also open to their families, if a child or young person you care for is in crisis or you are concerned about their emotional wellbeing please contact Night Owls. 8pm – 8am, telephone, text or online chat. Find out more here

Guardian Drop In Centre

Listening Ear is a drop-in session for 9–18-year-olds to talk through anything that’s bothering them.  They will listen, and won’t judge.  Bring a friend or your family if that makes it easier.  13 years or under, need to be accompanied by an adult. 

They support and believe in young people, so everything is confidential and free.  No need to book an appointment- just drop in any Tuesday 4-6pm. The address is Guardian House, 22 Manor Row, Bradford, BD1 4QU and their contact number is 01274 665598. The website address given to us is

Andy’s Man Club

ANDYSMANCLUB are a Men’s Mental Health Charity – Offering free-to-attend talking groups for men and challenging the stigmas around Male Mental Health. They started off as one group in the small, northern town of Halifax and now run groups all over the country, including a group in Bradford. You can find the details for that here.

My Wellbeing College

MyWellbeing College is a free NHS service to help people manage everyday problems such as feeling low, having problems sleeping, feeling anxious and experiencing stress.

MyWellbeing College has a wide range of learning opportunities to help you through these ups and downs. Options range from online courses in the comfort of your own home to getting out and meeting new people in our group courses. If there is an option that suits you, you can enrol yourself and then chat to a member of the qualified enrolment team.

Online courses include managing anxiety, depression, stress and eating problems. Visit the website for more details here.

Every Mind Matters

There are little things we can all do to help look after our mental health. Having good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more. Find expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing, so discover what works for you – visit their website here.

Mind Safe Spaces – Drop-In Services

If you need some support but are not in crisis you can use the Safe Spaces drop-in service. There is no need to book ahead, just turn up on the day to get support from the Safe Spaces partnership. The local venues for this are in Bradford (Mind in Bradford, Kenburgh House, 28 Manor Row, Bradford, BD1 4QU) and Keighley (Central Hall, Alice St, Keighley BD21 3JD). For both locations, to refer yourself or a family member, firstly call First Response for a same-day appointment 0800 952 1181. For more information, including the other locations offered, visit their website here.