Please be aware that our support group services will close at the end of 2014 with the last session being held on 11th December 2014.

The reason for this is the main project coordinator leaving the service. Please contact us at email@sawest.org if you require further information. We appreciate that this news might be difficult for those people who have been considering attending for the first time but who had not yet managed to attend a session. If you live in the Bristol area then you may wish to call the LIFT Psychology (Bristol well-being therapies service) on 0117 982 3209 to access support options.

We are not currently accepting new members
See our downloads page for a list of other sources of support

If in distress & need immediate support please call the Bristol NHS Crisis Team 0300 555 0334 or Samaritans 08457 90 90 90

Bristol's Social Phobia Self-help/Support Group

If you suffer with Social Phobia/Social Anxiety Disorder or Shyness and are looking for a support group in Bristol, Bath or the West then you have found the right website. Our groups support people with social anxiety by providing social opportunities and self-help information. Whether you want to make new friends, get help with reducing anxiety, be more socially active, increase confidence or just gain a little emotional support, then our group can help.

You are not alone

Research suggests that Social Phobia is the most common anxiety disorder, so you are definitely not alone. Many of our members find it really beneficial to meet a group of others who are going through similar challenges. If you feel suck and hopeless about overcoming your social anxiety then it can be really helpful to see that others, in the same situation as you, have managed to make progress and create an enjoyable social life. A social anxiety support group offers a lot of other benefits too so why not give one a try.

I am so lonely I sounded so stupid
All I need is a friend I can't show the real me
I feel embarrassed and blush Why is it only me?
My mind keeps racing
I don't know what to say
No one likes me Why do I sweat so much?
I can't stop shaking and trembling
People might see I'm anxious
My heart is pounding I'm not good enough
I feel acutely self-conscious all the time
It feels like everyone is laughing at me
Why can't I speak? They think I'm boring
I need to appear more confident
I feel so tense and awkward I want to hide or run away
They must have thought I was an idiot

If this describes your thoughts then you may be suffering with social anxiety

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Thursday group full

Friday 12th September 2014
Please be aware that our Thursday group is currently full and is not accepting new members. Please see our Getting Help and Downloads pages for other sources of support.

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