The BAATO network seeks to reflect the many who are committed, passionate and actively engaged in addressing, the psychological needs of Black and Asian people in Britain.


Free services

There are services available which offer free counselling throughout the UK although 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 GP is normally the gatekeeper for NHS counsellors or you could self refer to an organisation specially setup to support an Ethnic minority group. 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.

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.

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.


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.

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


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.

Manchester ‘AWAAZ’ - Ethno – Sensitive Mental Health Project
464 Cheetham Hill Road, Cheetham Hill, Manchester M8 9JW
tel. 0845 6441972
Run by and for people from minority ethnic communities who have experience of mental health problems. Advice on mental health, information on treatments and alternative therapies.
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

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.

Nationwide Asian Child Protection Helplines
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

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