Find out about how to get help when you or someone in your family is ill or injured.
This section is about the main healthcare system in England – the NHS (National Health Service).
It is important to make the right choice about where to go. You can make sure to get the right care.
Also, you can make sure other people can access the right services when they need them.
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Bradford Bereavement Service
We offer free bereavement counseling to anyone living in Bradford aged 16 or above. We also have a monthly bereavement support group open to anyone. Counseling can be in person, online, or over the phone and sessions last for one hour per week while the support groups are all in person.
Current languages include;
Translation into some languages is available, depending on the availability
Samaritans is a unique charity dedicated to reducing feelings of isolation and disconnection. Their aim is that fewer people die by suicide.
If you are having a difficult time – talk to someone.
If you are worried about someone else – talk to someone.
Call for free, any time day or night : 116123.
You do not need credit on your phone.
If you prefer to write, they will get back to you. Go to the website for details.
First Response is a Bradford and district NHS service where you can get urgent help with mental health. If you think you are having a mental health crisis, you can contact First Response. The service is available 24/7. It is for people of all ages.
Free gym and football for refugees and asylum seekers.
These activities are for adult women and men.
Solace has been offering therapeutic services in Bradford since 2008 in partnership with Bradford Action for Refugees, which is now part of Refugee Action.
Micro Rainbow’s vision is to create a world where LGBTI people are safe, free from discrimination, persecution and have equal opportunities in life, including accessing employment, training, financial services and housing.
They are running online grounding and relaxation sessions, yoga, dance and legal workshops for LGBTI asylum seekers and refugees.
Join the mailing list to see what is coming up.
To attend a session, get in touch by email. If mobile data top up is a barrier to participation – tell Micro Rainbow. They can help.
AROUK – Arakan Rohingya Organisation UK
Arouk is an international charity based in the city of Bradford.
It is led by people who now live in Bradford, after they or their families experienced persecution in Myanmar and refugee life in Bangladesh.
They advocate and campaign. They also run many community and fund-raising projects in the city, to enable people to integrate and thrive.
AROUK offers support and advice on housing, welfare, healthcare, schools and accessing immigration advice.
There is a Talk English club.
The Children and Families Service also runs arts and crafts for children, group activities for families, Rohingya life and cultural events and trips out during school holidays, as well as home visits for the needs of the family.
Cook & Eat
Come and join us at our Cook and Eat session. Each week we will learn new skills about how to cook different meals. Once we have cooked we are able to sit, eat and enjoy what we have made together.
Monday’s from 3:30 – 4:30pm at the Sutton Centre
Bradford Royal Infirmary
BRI is the main general hospital in Bradford. This phone number is for the central switchboard.
Superstore Charity Shop
This is a big charity shop that sells good value furniture and white goods, as well as clothes and smaller household items.
- Monday 9:30am – 4:30pm
- Tuesday 9:30am – 4:30pm
- Wednesday 9:30am – 4:30pm
- Thursday 9:30am – 4:30pm
- Friday 9:30am – 4:30pm
- Saturday 9:30am – 4:30pm
- Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm
Check the website for information on how to donate and arrange collection
HALE (Health Action Local Engagement) is an established healthy living charity based in Bradford since 2003. We work with people of all ages; providing a wide range of innovative services to directly tackle the causes of health issues experienced by the local community. HALE’s focus is on the most vulnerable members of society that feel isolated and lonely; those that struggle with mental health or self confidence issues or are exposed to dangerous or exploitative situations.
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. You can register for MyWellbeing College online or over the phone and don’t have to go through your GP. The only time they will be contacted is when you have finished your course to let them know, or if we are worried about you or others around you.
Creative Threads is a project based at St Stephen’s Church, West Bowling BD5. It is part of the community organisation, SHINE.
We believe that creativity is a vital part of human experience and one that promotes inner wellbeing. Our arts and crafts programme incorporates heritage, artists in residence, installation and permanent artworks that enhance the space we share. Everyone gets involved in our creative activities and together we have made some stunning results!
if you are interested, feel free to drop in on Wednesday at 11am at the Community Hall.
Womenzone Community Centre is a registered charity established in 2003 to address the isolation and lack of voice and visibility of South Asian women in the Bradford 3 area.
We operate from Bradford Moor, supporting women from one of the largest BAME communities in our city. The charity was set up to respond to identify needs primarily of South Asian women for a women only safe place, to prevent them from being socially excluded and assist their fuller integration into society.
Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP)
A 12-week course in a small group which will help you identify triggers and wellness tools to help you overcome your personal mental health issues. Talk to one of our practitioners to see if it could help you by calling 01274 730815 or e-mail [email protected]. Booking required.
We help people with mental health challenges. We give people hope, and we help them build brighter futures. 1 in 4 of us will face a mental health problem in any given year, so whether it’s you or someone you know, we are here to help. Our services are available to people who live in Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven.
Our mental health services:
- Pathways to Employment – for people over 18, who are out of work with moderate to severe, and/or enduring mental health problems who want to work towards a specific goal such as education, training, voluntary or paid work.
- Workplace Wellbeing – free, specialist support group for people managing their mental health at work.
- Work retention – for people over 18, who are in work but on sick leave who need support to return to work.
- Crisis support – for people over 18, who are in severe mental distress or crisis. Open 365 days a year from 10am – 6pm.
- Telehealth – for guided self-help telephone appointments, you can register online at www.bmywellbeingcollege.nhs.uk or give the enrolment team a call on 0300 555 5551.
121 Counselling Bradford
Roshni Ghar is a mental health community development organisation based in Keighley. The organisations offers culturally sensitive mental health and wellbeing support to adult south Asian women and BME young women diagnosed with mental ill health; offering 1:1 emotional support, as well as group support (in-house and in community settings, including schools). Roshni Ghar offers holistic services ranging from recovery, early intervention, relapse prevention to Peer led support. The organisations also supports women with long-term health conditions and addresses contributing factors to mental ill health. Food and period poverty are also addressed with appropriate provision available to meet their needs. Self Care and well-being are key aspects of the work done at Roshni Ghar. Women with severe and complex mental ill health are also supported, both in acute and community settings, as well as at home, via home visits. Therapeutic and creative support is offered to further aid recovery and to help women build a support network for themselves.
Mind in Bradford
We help people who are struggling with emotional and mental health problems across Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven. Around 1 in 4 of us experience a mental health problem at any one time. We offer telephone support, a safe space to visit in times of crisis and a pathway to recovery at our wellbeing groups. We also have recovery workers ready to listen to adults and young people who are worried about their mental health. We will be by your side as you take steps towards recovery and help you build resilience, wellbeing and a better life. We’re here for you.
Survivors West Yorkshire
We offer a trauma informed counselling and support service for male survivors of childhood sexual abuse and adult rape.
We are based in Bradford but our service is available to anyone living in West Yorkshire.
More details are available on the Survivors West Yorkshire website.
Bradford Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Survivors Service
We offer free, one-to-one counselling for women and girls who live in the Bradford area. You can self-refer to our counselling service or be referred by other organisations and agencies, such as your GP or support worker. Counselling can give you some time and space where you can think, reflect and talk things through.
It takes a lot of courage to come for counselling and it’s not always easy to talk about your thoughts and feelings. You don’t have to talk about anything that you are not ready to talk about. Your counsellor will not judge you or tell you what to do. She will help you to try to make sense of what has happened to you and to recognise what you need to move forward.
We have a counselling service by Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) counsellors for BAME women and young women. Jyoti counsellors speak Punjabi, Urdu and Mir Puri. We always use interpreters when needed so you can use the service, whatever language you speak.
Homeless and New Arrivals Health Team
We are an NHS primary care multi-disciplinary team which includes Mental Health Practitioners, Nurses, a Psychological Therapist and Support Worker. We are an outreach team offering a range of support and services to those in need, including:
- mental health support
- TB education and awareness
- Latent TB testing
- Household assessments
- Psychological therapy
- Linking in with other services
We see those who are homeless, at risk of homelessness or living in unsecure tenure and are experiencing mental health difficulties, and asylum seekers in need of signposting and/or experiencing mental health difficulties.
We accept self-referrals, referrals from voluntary organisations and referrals from GP practices.
Sharing Voices Bradford is a community development mental health organisation and primarily works within the inner city areas of Bradford, comprising over 50% of Black Minority Ethnic Communities
Sharing Voices promotes self-help and mutual support, through community development. Groups are a large part of helping members to develop collective action.
Participation in activities of their own choice including fitness, music and faith groups as well as activities around art and which are gender specific.
HENRY (Health, Exercise, Nutrition for the Really Young)
HENRY offer a free eight week group programme for parents and carers of babies and young children to support the whole family to develop a healthy lifestyle.
Group programmes are held in Children’s Centres across the Bradford district. One to one support and starting solids information is also available in some areas.
Perinatal Support Service
Emotional support for parents suffering low to moderate levels of perinatal mental illness, for up to a year after the birth. The support is delivered by Family Action peer support volunteers, mostly in parents’ homes.