Free/ Subsidised Services
These listing are due for a major review in the coming months
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. They provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.
Psychosexual Service at SLaM
SLaM’s Psychosexual Service assesses and treats people with persistent and complex sexual difficulties where there is a likely psychological component.
The Psychosexual Service uses a combination of talking therapy, behavioural sex therapy exercises, and a medical review if appropriate. We aim to help people improve their sexual well- being and overall quality of life.
This service can be beneficial in addressing complex and long-standing issues around sex. It is an NHS service and can be accessed through a referral from a GP and approval from the patient’s local Clinical Commissioning Group.
Call: 020 3228 2458
Letter: Psychosexual Service, 1st Floor Mapother House,
De Crespigny Park, Denmark Hill, London SE5 8AZ,
The Free Psychotherapy Network
The Free Psychotherapy Network are a group of psychotherapists offering free psychotherapy to people on low incomes. Their directory is organised by geographical areas. freepsychotherapynetwork.com
Black River Counselling
Black River counselling is a free online service supporting people of Black African/African-Caribbean heritage who are residents or keyworkers in Lambeth and Southwark boroughs.
If you are a key worker, a young adult (aged 18+), an elder or someone who just needs to talk during these challenging times please get in touch.
We are now offering 8 x 1-hour online Counselling Sessions per client and we currently have available spaces over the coming months.
4th Floor 336 Brixton Road London SW9 7AA
tel. 0808 196 3007
The Empowerment Group
Do you have clients wanting to access therapy with you but have financial barriers as a deterrent?
At The Empowerment Group you can signpost your clients to us and we will cover the majority of the costs for them up to the value of £500. So how does it work?
Your client registers for ten sessions at £50 per session (£500) through us to work with you and receives anything from 50-70% off paying only £150-250 for the sessions. We cover the outstanding and pay you the counsellor the full £500. For more information contact us at theempowermentgroup.co.uk
Other resources are listed below alphabetically by town/city.
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Important Note: The complied list below was put together a few years ago so some of the details might have changed or services closed. Please check out the service’s website to confirm contact details. We are in the process of updating the listings.
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
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 subjected to forced marriage, domestic violence, physical, emotional or financial abuse.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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 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
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.
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.
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
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. This Project (in Southwark and Lambeth) aims to ensure that Asian women with mental health problems have access to appropriate information and support services.
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 HazelWilliams hazel.Williams@greenwichmind.co.uk
0208 853 1735
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.
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.
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
25-27 Hackney Grove
Maytree: Sanctuary for the Suicidal
Maytree is a registered charity supporting people in suicidal crisis in a non-medical setting. The Maytree Suicide Respite Centre is the only place of its kind in the UK and fills a gap in services, between the medical support of the NHS and the helplines and drop-in centres of the voluntary sector. We offer a free 4-night/5-day stay, and the opportunity to be befriended and heard in complete confidence, without judgement and with compassion and warmth.
If you, or someone you know, could benefit from a one-off stay in a safe and confidential space, please call us today on
020 7263 7070
72 Moray Road
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
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).
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.
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.
Services for Young People
Antenna Outreach Service firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 and London
The Terrence Higgins Trust offers Talksafe 2, a counselling and peer mentoring service which offers various ways to communicate – face-to-face, online and through text. This organisation is for children and young people aged 10 – 21-year-olds across London.
Talksafe 2 provides information, advice and support with:
- Sexual health
- Emotional wellbeing
- Connecting emotional wellbeing with the ability to make healthy sexual choices.
The service is provided by both staff counsellors and peer mentors. All counsellors and peer mentors receive regular supervision. All staff counsellors are qualified counsellors and placement counsellors are advanced in their training.
Muslim Women’s Network
The overall goal of the helpline is to provide a national specialist faith and culturally sensitive service that is confidential and non-judgmental.
The helpline offers information, support, guidance and referrals to Asian and Muslim women and girls from diverse ethnic / faith backgrounds suffering from or at risk of abuse or facing problems on a range of issues.