Off The Record (OTR) is a mental health social movement by and for young people aged 11-25 living in Bristol and South Gloucestershire. Providing free support that couldn’t be easier to access.  We prioritise you having a choice and a voice, we want to empower you to make the right choices for you regarding your mental health. 

OTR isn’t just a counselling service, there is so much more on offer! We run various projects across Bristol and South Gloucestershire that have been designed with the help of young people, and all of them are delivered by a team of super-friendly staff and volunteers.

Work supported by Act for Change Fund

Off the Record provides counselling and mental health support services to young people in Bristol. This grant will fund a full time Project Co-ordinator to develop ZAZI, a youth-led change making movement for Bristol BAME young people experiencing mental health issues who want to challenge mental health stigma in their communities and deliver training to service providers.

Project Zazi is the name for our work with young black people and young people of colour to support them in exploring culture and identity whilst tackling issues of inequality and oppression. 

Zazi is a Nguni word meaning ‘Know Yourself, Know Your Strength’. The project offers a mix of one-to-one support and different kinds of group work (both digital and face-to-face). In all these spaces we aim to provide safe and brave atmospheres where you can explore your identity and culture, try new activities and learn new skills. The aim of Project Zazi is to promote good physical and mental health, healthy relationships and positive lifestyles.


The Resilience Lab

July 27, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

In this interactive workshop, you will get to explore some of the pressures facing young people today and learn about ways to take the pressure off and to look after yourself.

Black Bristol

July 29, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Project Zazi are a part of Off The Record  and last year launched their resource “Black Bristol”. Black Bristol is an interactive timeline for young people exploring some of Bristol’s most important history that is often left out of lessons/resources within the education space.

Do you want to hear from young change makers and activists about their opinions on how to make opportunities accessible for young people? 

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