Free Services

There are services available throughout the UK which offer free counselling specifically set up to serve the BME community. Many of these services encourage you to self-refer but if you are unsure your GP can signpost or assist you with a referral.

You should expect there to be a waiting list and you might be required to make a minimal contribution to the session fees if you are able.

Your local MIND (National Association for Mental Illness) can be a good place to go for free counselling which is highly aware of providing services for the community that it serves.

Other resources are listed below alphabetically by town/city.

Click here for services for young people.

Click here for online services

Asian Resource Centre
110-114 Hamstead Road, Handsworth, Birmingham B19 2QS
tel. (0121) 523 0580

Advice and information; specialist advice for older Asian people and Asian women. Leaflets in Asian languages. Confidential counselling, advice and support to Asian women relating to Matrimonial and Family problems
Bolton Sahara – Asian Women’s Group
Youth Workshop, Stanley Street South, Bolton
tel. 0118 926 6333
Social, recreational and educational activities for Asian women with mental health problems. Telephone and face-to-face counselling for Asian women sujected to forced marriage, domestic violence, physical, emotional or financial abuse.
Bolton Sathi – Asian Men’s Group
Socialist Club, Wood Street, Bolton BL6 6BN
tel. 01204 337 030
Social, recreational and educational activities for Asian men with mental health problems.
Bristol Asian Health and Social Care Association
The Nursery, Easton Community Centre, Kilburn Street, Easton, Bristol BS5 6AW
tel. 0117 954 0178
Day services for elderly Asian people or those with physical or mental health problems.
Bristol Black Orchid
First Floor, 189c Newfoundland Road, Bristol BS2 9NY
tel. 0117 907 9982

The aim of Black orchid is to provide culturally sensitive and appropriate mental health advocacy for people of African, Caribbean and other ethnic minority groups, between the ages of 16 and 65.
Coventry Tamarind Centre
Harp Place, 2 Sandy Lane, Coventry CV1 4DY
tel. 024 76227712 or 024 76225512
The Primary aim of the organisation is to provide support to the BME (Black Minority Ethnic) Communities of Coventry in particular African Caribbean and Asian people who are experiencing Mental Ill Health including counselling
Derby Karma-Nirvana – Asian Women’s Health Project
Unit 14 Rosehill Business Centre, Normanton Road, Derby DE23 6RH
tel. 01332 604 098
Provides 24-hour support for Asian women in crisis.
Gloucester Gloucestershire Black Mental Health Project
27 Worcester Street Gloucester GL1 3AJ
tel. 01452 387744
Home visits, welfare rights benefits, Support, advice and information for people with mental health problems who are from the African, Asian, Chinese and African Caribbean communities
Gravesend Rethink Severe Mental Illness – Sahayak Asian Befriending Project
4-5 High Street, Gravesend DA11 0BQ
tel. 01474 364 837
Befriending service for Asian people aged 16 and over with mental health problems or who are experiencing emotional distress. Assistance with accessing mental health services. Promotion of mental health awareness within the Asian communities.
Leeds Black Mental Health Resource Centre
Bushbury House, 4 Laurel Mount, St. Mary’s Road, Leeds LS7 3JX
tel. 0113 237 4229
Advice, counselling, complimentary therapies and advocacy for service users
Leicester Mental Health Shop
40 Chandos Street, Leicester, LE2 1BL
tel. 01162 471 525
Advice, information, advocacy and support for people with mental health problems and their carers. Also offers a service to in-patients in psychiatric hospitals and units outside Leicester.
Liverpool Advocacy Project
Liverpool 91 Upper Parliament Street, Liverpool L8 7LB
tel. 0151 709 9442
African-Caribbean Mental Health Association Suites 34 and 37, 49 Effra Road, London SW2 1BZ tel. 020 7737 3603
Provides advice, counselling and alternative therapies. Also offers legal advice and advocacy
London South London Family Centre
Tel. 0207 8409020
Lines open: Mon to Fri 10am to 4pm
1 Othello Close, Kennington London SE11 4RE
Family mediation and counselling
London Qualb Centre
Low Hall Lane, Walthamstow, London, E17 8BE
tel. 020 8521 5223
Counselling and complementary therapies for Asian, African and African Caribbean people with emotional problems, difficulties with domestic violence, alcohol etc. Support group for women, couple and group counselling. Alternative therapies.
London Tulip Mental Health Group
5 River Park Road, London, N22 7TB

tel. 020 8889 6921
Tulip works with clients experiencing mental health needs ranging from emotional distress to severe and enduring mental health problems. The vulnerable groups served include women, refugees, Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) groups and clients with a dual diagnosis.
London Muslim Youth Helpline (MYH)
2nd Floor, 18 Rosemont Road, London, NW3 6NE
Helpline: 08080 808 2008
The core service is a free and confidential counselling service available nationally via the telephone, email, internet and a face to face befriending service in the Greater London area.
London Nafsiyat – The Intercultural Therapy Centre
Unit 4, Clifton House, 42/43, Clifton Terace, London N4 3JP
tel. 020 7263 6947
Offers Intercultural psychotherapy and counselling
London Hammersmith Crisis Centre and Abayomi
182 Hammersmith Road, London W6 7DJ
tel. 020 8741 3335
Counselling and psychotherapy for adults from the African Caribbean community
London Fanon Women’s Centre
107 Railton Road, Brixton, London SE24 0LR
tel. 020 7737 2888
107 Railton Road
Counselling for individuals and families
London Confederation of Indian Organisations (UK)
5 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7XW
tel. 020 7928 9889
Umbrella body which aims to represent the needs of the South Asian community in the UK. Vishwas Project (in Southwark and Lambeth) aims to ensure that Asian women with mental health problems have access to appropriate information and support services.
London Greenwhich Mind
Offers free counselling for clients from the Caribbean ,African, Black British community living in Greenwich Borough. Clients must be aged 18+ can be self referred or referred through their GP or their supporting organisation. We offer long term and short term counselling, Short term 6-12 sessions. Long term 24 sessions.Contact Hazel 853 1735Leaflet

The Black Woman’s Mental Health Project
Park Royal Business Centre, Unit 27, 9-17 Park Royal Road, London, NW10 7LQ
Tel:020 8961 6324
Range of services for black women who have experienced mental and emotional distress. Can refer people to counselling services.


The Oremi Centre Tel:020 8964 0033
This centre offers a wide range of facilities providing a space for the personal achievement and mental well-being of African and Carribean people

London Waltham Forest Black People’s Mental Health Association
Tel: 020 8509 2646
2 Priory Avenue, Walthamstow, London, E17 7QP
To support and empower Black People with mental health problems. To raise awareness about important mental health issues in the Black Community. To provide a forum for Black People to meet and discuss their personal mental health needs. Individual counselling is offered to users each week.

The harmony project Tel:020 7511 2800 Crisis line no: 0800 169 7261
Therapeutic intervention for individuals and families through 1 to 1 counselling, group work, family support and workshops in schools.

London The Naz Project
Tel: 0208 741 1879
Email: Project London’s Counselling Service is a confidential short term counselling service for Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) individuals, especially women, those living with HIV, and young people aged 18-25 years. We work with clients who are residents or working in London.
 London Off Centre

Off Centre is a counselling, therapy, advocacy, advice and information service for young people aged between 11 and 25 who live, work or study in Hackney. Our services are free, confidential and aimed at helping Hackney’s young people to have greater control over their lives. They help people with all kinds of emotional and practical issues.
020 8986 4016
Off Centre
25-27 Hackney Grove
Hackney, London
E8 3NR

 London INIT2GETHER – Peer Support Network for Mental Wellness

Who is the Peer Support Network for? The network is for individuals and or families living in London and around the UK that may experience the following:

  • Have difficulties managing their moods and emotions including highly sensitive persons, intuitives, shy, introverted and empaths.
  • Find it hard to get on with people and/or have difficult relationships.
  • Struggle with feelings of suicidality and/or self-harm.
  • Feel lonely, isolated or overwhelmed by being or feeling stuck in a pattern of behaviour. Feel that mainstream services do not offer adequate support. Stressed at work etc.

What is the Peer Support Network?

It is a network of peers that provides emotional or crisis support, and coping skills. The service is for individuals with or without a diagnosis of mental health issues, spiritual crisis, professionals in the caring field, and carers of family members / friends. It was designed in consultation with peers and peer health professionals. In the groups, peers help each other to focus on particular difficulties and support each other in understanding them. They put together individual plans that best meet their needs in consultation with other peers also have with lived experience.

The main aims of the group will be to help you to:

➢ Feel empowered and more involved in your own lives.
➢ Feel supported when overwhelmed by difficult emotions.
➢ Meet and be supported by other people who may have/had similar experiences to you.
➢ Learn new coping skills and problem solving strategies to manage your difficulties.
➢ Identify what & who helps you manage.
➢ Organise and attend social activities and events with the group i.e. cinema, walks, mindfulness activities, creative workshops, dinner, drinks, comedy clubs etc.
➢ Influence the development of this group and be part of a supportive network

When & Where?

The groups will meet once or twice fortnightly for 2 ½ hours (Including breaks) and will be held in Central London (for now).

Saturdays 11:30am – 2:00pm and or Sundays 2:00pm – 4.30pm

If you feel you can benefit from attending the group, please contact us on the telephone number below or via email:

Manchester African Caribbean Mental Health Services
Zion Community Resource Centre, Hulme, Manchester M15 5BY
tel. 0161 226 9562
Provides advocacy and an advice service. Also counselling, self-help group and carers group
Middlesex Asian Family Counselling Service
Suit 51, Windmill Place, 2-4 Windmill Lane, Southall, Middlesex, UB2 4NL
Tel: 020 8571 3933 / 020 88139714
Free, confidential counselling for Asian couples and families facing stress. No charge for weekday sessions (evenings and weekends please enquire)
Middlesex Southall Black Sisters
21 Avenue Road, Southall, Middlesex UB1 3BL

Tel. 0208 571 9595 (closed Wednesdays)
Support, counselling, & legal advice offered to women experiencing domestic violence or marital breakdown. Also support for children.
Nationwide Asian Child Protection Helplines
Asian child protectio helpline
Asian Helpline: 0800 0967719 Lines open 11am to 7pm Mon to Fri
24hr Helpline: 0808 800 5000
Text phone: 0800 056 0566
Bengali/Sylheti: 0800 096 7714 Gujurati: 0800 096 7715 Hindi: 0800 096 7716
Punjabi: 0800 096 7717 Urdu: 0800 096 7718
A multilingual service for the UK’s Asian communities. It provides counselling, information and advice to anyone concerned about a child at risk of ill treatment or abuse.
Nottingham Nai Zindagi Project
Stonebridge Centre, Cardiff Street, Carlton Road, Nottingham NG3 2FH
tel. 0115 941 4255
Counselling, advice and information for Asian women with mental health difficulties. Carers’ group for Asian women carers. All services available in Asian languages.
Sheffield Sheffield African Caribbean Mental Health Association
10 Breinburg Court, 263 Pitmoor Road, Sheffield, S3 9AQ
tel. 0114 272 6393
Advice and advocacy, counselling, supported accommodation

Services for Young People


Muslim Youth Helpline (MYH)
Helpline: 08080 808 2008
Freepost NATW1 9035, London NW3 5YA
Provides a free and confidential service run by young Muslims trained in Islamic counselling skills.
London Antenna Outreach Service
Contact: 020 8365 9537 Antenna Outreach Service is a culturally sensitive mental health service. We work with Black African & African Caribbean people aged between 16 – 25 years old, suffering from mental health problems. We offer individual and parental support, advice and practical help.
London From Boyhood to Manhood Foundation
Contact: 0207 703 6415 Ask for Uanu Seshmi
Working effectively with young black males. A programme with ten years of experience and knowledge working with young people, parents, school, local authorities, and educational professionals.
Nationwide Asian Child Protection Helplines
Asian child protection helpline
Asian Helpline: 0800 0967719 Lines open 11am to 7pm Mon to Fri
24hr Helpline: 0808 800 5000
Text phone: 0800 056 0566
Bengali/Sylheti: 0800 096 7714 Gujurati: 0800 096 7715 Hindi: 0800 096 7716
Punjabi: 0800 096 7717 Urdu: 0800 096 7718
A multilingual service for the UK’s Asian communities. It provides counselling, information and advice to anyone concerned about a child at risk of ill treatment or abuse.
NationWide and London  Talksafe2 – The service provides free face to face, telephone and online counselling to young people. Talksafe has qualified counsellors who can provide short term (12 sessions) therapy to any young person aged between 10-21 years who live in London; Talksafe offers young people the opportunity to choose face to face, telephone or online counselling by text or email; Talksafe also offers schools the opportunity of working with one of our placement counsellors, who can provide services to students on the school site. Talksafe has an interactive website

Online Services


Community site
The aim of Black Marbles is to encourage members of the black community to look after their mental health. Whether you’re feeling high or low, happy or sad, this is a safe place to talk about what’s on your mind. Sharing experiences, feelings and different perspectives is powerful and lets us know that we are not alone – there are many others that can relate to us. By sharing with others, we can give help and receive it too!
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