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Off the record Bristol & South Glos

Overview of service

OTR offers free, confidential and self-referral mental health and wellbeing information and support designed to help with a range of issues, including depression, anxiety, stress, loss and relationship problems.

OTR run various one-to-one and group workshops on issues affecting young people, including its 'Hub', the first point of contact for young people wanting to get in touch. OTR also offers drop-in groups for parents and training and consultancy for professionals working with young people.

We run various projects across Bristol and South Gloucestershire which you can find out about on our website. They have been designed with the help of young people, and all of them are delivered by a team of super-friendly staff and volunteers. These include:

- Drop in hubs. OTR’s Hubs are a safe and relaxed space you can simply drop into for a chat – no appointments needed. They are there for you to meet our team and discover more about what we offer. You’ll find they are a great place to learn about mental health and self-care too. These sessions run every week throughout the year, but there are other Hubs that pop-up across Bristol and South Gloucestershire at different times.

- The Resilience Lab. Run by a team with a whole host of ideas about how to cope with stress, stay relaxed, discover strengths, reach out to others and keep on top of things when life gets tough. The sessions run weekly over 5 weeks. The Lab runs as a series of free and fun workshops, packed full of activities, games and ideas to help look after your mental health and build your resilience. You can also check out some of our online resources we’ve been developing!

- Workshops focused on self esteem, body image and mental health.

- Project Zazi. Project Zazi – “know yourself, know your strength” – is a project which focuses on creating opportunities, building aspirations and empowering young Black people and young People of Colour, supporting individuals in exploring culture, identity and tackling inequality.
The project offers a mix of one-to-one support and a variety of group projects and sessions (both digital and face-to-face). Within these spaces, we aim to create a positive atmosphere with a sense of belonging and security. You’ll be able to explore your identity and culture whilst partaking in sociable activities and learning new skills.

- 1.1 Therapies. At OTR we offer a wide range of one-to-one therapies for 11-17 year olds. So whatever you’ve got going on, and however you want to work through it, we have something for you.

- Freedom Group is OTR’s LGBTQIA+ youth programme, providing a safe and supportive space for young people aged 13-25 who are LGBTQIA+ or are exploring their gender and sexuality.

Eligibility criteria

Young people aged 11-25.

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