Free/ Subsidised Services
There are services available throughout the UK which offer free or subsidised counselling specifically set up to serve the Black, African & Asian 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.
Asian Family Network
AFCS is a registered national charity providing low-cost, confidential and culturally sensitive mental health and relationship counselling services in five languages to South Asian communities in Britain since 1983. We have over three decades of experience in dealing with complex issues such as depression, trauma, forced marriage, abandonment, domestic violence, slavery and asylum.
Enfield Saheli offers support and advice to women in Enfield and neighbouring London boroughs. The charity is run by women for women, with special emphasis on support for Asian women of all ethnicity.
Muslim Women’s Network UK
Although our reach is primarily Muslim women, the helpline will accept calls from and support women of any faith or no faith. For example, the culturally sensitive nature of the helpline could easily support Asian women of other faiths. Men who are concerned about women and girls should also call the helpline.
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.
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.