OTR (Off the Record) Bristol
OTR are currently not delivering face to face but have extended their services via online formats and have loads of material going out every week on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook as well.
As a mental health social movement by and for young people OTR (Off the Record Bristol – www.otrbristol.org.uk) is an organisation operating in Bristol and South Gloucestershire for 11 – 25 year olds. Their services place a real emphasis on early intervention and health promotion. They know that it is vitally important to support young people to be resilient and feel empowered – and right now, the situation we are living with is tougher than anything many of us have ever faced before.
OTR operate with a strengths-based approach, delivering many different services and groups, to offer a variety of ways to better mental health to develop skills, tools and understanding about how to maintain good mental health. They offer free, confidential services that are all self-referral. This means you do not need a GP to sign you up. It’s possible to sign yourself up from project pages on the OTR website and it’s fine if someone supports you to do this if that helps.
- 1 to 1 talking therapies – This is available to anyone 11-17. For more information on these sessions, please visit the 1:1 Therapies page on the OTR website.
- Pro-real – This is a form of counselling/therapy, delivered by a trained OTR therapist and using a PC, laptop or tablet. Lots of young people have reported that they like it as an alternative to face-to-face support. This service can be offered over 8 sessions, depending on the support that is required. For more information on this service, please visit the Pro Real page on the OTR website.
- Freedom Project – Britain’s longest continually running LGBTQ+ group. For more information, visit the Freedom page on the OTR website.
- Project Zazi – OTR work with Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) young people tackling issues of inequality, discrimination, oppression, culture and identity. For more information, visit the Project Zazi page on the OTR website.
- Resilience Lab is all about good mental health! The fun, interactive exercises delivered as part of a weekly session online have been designed to help you learn all about self-care. For more information, visit the Resilience Lab page on the OTR website.
CBT cognitive behaviour therapy groups
These groups are for anyone aged 11-17 and include:
- Shameless – This group is for anyone feeling impacted by issues around body image and low self-esteem. For more information, please visit the Shameless page on the OTR website.
- MindAid – This group workshop is for anyone aged 11-17 struggling with difficult feelings related to stress, anxiety, low mood, or depression. For more information, please visit the MindAid page on the OTR website.
- hARMED – This group workshop is for anyone aged 11-17 struggling with self-harm or thoughts of self-harm. For more information, please visit the hARMED page on the OTR website.
Activity based sessions
OTR also offer activity based sessions including:
- OTR Sounds is a six-week course offering a space for young people aged 16-25 to come together through collaborative playlist creation and discuss the stories that inspire our choices. For more information please visit the OTR Sounds page on the OTR website.
- Peer Mentoring – a short term programme for young people aged 14-22 who are currently feeling isolated and lonely at this difficult time. The aim is to increase connection through skill-sharing, learning together and developing new interests and skills. Each young person will be matched to a suitable mentor, with sessions taking place on Zoom on a weekly basis for 30-45 mins. For more information, visit the Peer Mentoring page on the OTR website.
- OTR also run a monthly Book Club which, in collaboration with Give a Book, provides free books to keep and discuss. For more information, visit the Book Club page on the OTR website.
- Yoga – For more information, please visit the Yoga page on the OTR website.
- Nature Works – For more information, please visit the Nature Works page on the OTR website.
Additionally, OTR have parent/carers pages on their website including a parents/carers support pack – www.otrbristol.org.uk – Parents and Professionals.
There are always more things being developed so watch OTR’s social media for more updates.
Get in touch
Telephone: 0808 808 9120 (Mon-Fri 14:00-17:00)