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Find support and advice about health and wellbeing, including local organisations, support groups and information.

Local organisations

Acorns Counselling Service

Acorns provide people of East Anglia, aged 18 years and over, low cost pyschological therapies to improve their mental wellbeing.


Helping motivate and inspire people over 45 to make positive changes to their lifestyle through physical activity.

Broomhill Library

Suffolk Libraries offer a range of activities to help with people's wellbeing.

Catch 22

Catch 22 designs and delivers public services that build resilience and aspiration in people and communities.

Chantry Library

Suffolk Libraries offer a range of activities to help with people's wellbeing.

Chapman Centre

Homelessness hub for the Ipswich locality providing services for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness as well as those individuals that need more help than is offered by other mainstream services.

Citizen's Advice

Ipswich CAB offers general advice, information and representation to all in the Ipswich area.


Provides free food parcels and personal care items to help people get through a crisis, as well as furniture, bedding and other household items where the person or family has none.

Fresh Start New Beginnings

Fresh Start New Beginnings provides a therapeutic service for children and young people up to 18 years who have reported being sexually abused and to offer support for their families.

Friday Friends Cafe - Dementia Friendly

Friday Friends Cafe is a friendly community cafe for people living with dementia and their carers.

Gainsborough Community Library

Suffolk Libraries offer a range of activities to help with people's wellbeing.

Headway Suffolk

Headway Suffolk have a Neuro Hub in Ipswich open five days a week, Monday to Friday, and each day at the Hub is structured differently in order to meet the specific needs and levels of ability of clients. Activities include cooking, arts, dance and crafts etc.

Healthy Suffolk

Looking after your mental and physical health while at home.


Iceni offers care and support to families in Ipswich and the surrounding area who are affected by addiction, and to provide such families with the help they need to improve opportunities for children in fulfilling their potential.


IHAG's Money Advice Service is a free, confidential and professional service which is here to help you to find a solution to your debt and/or benefit problems.

Inside Out Community Arts

Inside Out is an arts and mental health charity committed to providing programmes throughout the year for people drawn to the therapeutic arts as a way of improving and sustaining their mental health and wellbeing.

Inspire Counselling and Training

Inspire is a registered charity based in Ipswich, providing a professional counselling and training service.

Inspire Suffolk

A charity recognised and valued for the work undertaken with young people experiencing severe disadvantage and social instability, who have lost their way and need opportunities for purposeful reintegration into society.

Ipswich County Library

Suffolk Libraries offer a range of activities to help with people's wellbeing.

Ipswich Samaritans

Ipswich Samaritans work together to make sure fewer people die by suicide. Every six seconds, they respond to a call for help. No judgement. No pressure. They're there for anyone who needs someone.

Lighthouse Women's Aid

Provides emotional support to women, young people and children experiencing domestic abuse in their personal or family relationships.

One Life Suffolk

OneLife Suffolk's family and young people's team offer a range of free fun, interactive and practical services, designed to support the whole family to become healthier and fitter.


P.H.O.E.B.E is an Ipswich-based registered charity that offers specialist advice, information, casework, advocacy and support and counselling services to black and ethnic minority women and children.

Rosehill Library

Suffolk Libraries offer a range of activities to help with people's wellbeing.

Soup Kitchen

A nightly outreach programme serving the homeless and needy within the town. With an army of over 200+ volunteers The Soup Kitchen goes out every night of the week with food, drink and essentials.

Suffolk Mind

Suffolk Mind works across the continuum, from wellbeing to 'severe and enduring' mental ill-health, providing support and information for everyone.

The ACE Project

Their objective is to relieve the needs of young people in Suffolk aged 16-24 who are suffering with mental health difficulties.

The Befriending Scheme

The Befriending Scheme provides friendship and learning opportunities for vulnerable people (16yrs+), including those with learning disabilities, mental health needs, older people, and other isolated groups.

The Phoenix Project

The Phoenix Project is an independent mental health charity with a social group offering friendship, support, understanding and a listening ear. They offer activities in music, art, photography and media.

Turning Point

This site is dedicated to promoting wellbeing and recovery from addiction when you feel ready to take those steps.

Volunteering Matters

Our vision is of a society where everyone can participate in their local community through volunteering and social action.

YLOH - Your Life Our Help

Helps people who are struggling with any aspects of life including support with cluttered homes, community work, student support and supported living.

  • Sproughton House, High Street, Sproughton, Ipswich IP8 3AP

Other support services

Mental Health


Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems.


Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.


Information on child and adolescent mental health. Services for parents and professionals.

  • Phone: Parents' helpline 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm)
  • Website:

The Source

Resources recommended for young people in Suffolk, including help with mental health and wellbeing

Emotional Wellbeing Gateway - Mental Health Services & Support

A place to go for families and professionals to access mental health support services in Suffolk.

Stay Alive App

A suicide prevention resource for the UK, packed full of useful information and tools to help you stay safe in crisis. You can download this from Google Play or Apple App Store.


Victim Support - Norfolk and Suffolk Victim Care

If you’ve been a victim or witness of crime the Norfolk and Suffolk Victim Care are there to provide free and confidential advice and information, as well as emotional and practical support tailored to you. Crimes do not have to be reported to access this free and confidential service.

  • Phone (Norfolk and Suffolk Victim Care): 0300 303 3706
  • Phone (Victim Support 24- hour helpline): 0808 168 9111
  • Website:

Suffolk Rape Crisis

Suffolk Rape Crisis is a specialist feminist organisation run for women by women. They provide free, confidential, and empowering support to women and girls aged 14 and above who have experienced any form of sexual violence, at any point in their lives.



NHS 111

Help if you have an urgent medical problem and you're not sure what to do.

NHS Live Well

Advice, tips and tools to help you make the best choices about your health and wellbeing.


National Gambling Helpline

Offer free, confidential help for anyone who is worried about their or someone else’s gambling

Turning Point

Work with anyone who is affected by drugs or alcohol and wants support to make changes

Domestic Abuse

General support

Suffolk Wellbeing Service

The Wellbeing service provide advice and support to people to improve your emotional health. The website provides information about different mental health and lifestyle issues, how they can affect your wellbeing and where you can find support.

Connect for Health

Assists individuals to find non-clinical solutions to improve their own health and wellbeing. The service can connect individuals to social activities, clubs, groups, and like-minded individuals in their community.

Suffolk Info Link

For information about clubs, activities and support in your area.