Where to get help and advice for your health and wellbeing
Mental health crisis support
Free, 24/7 mental health crisis support is available across Greater Manchester. If you feel you need mental health support, please contact one of these 24/7 helplines – they’re available to anyone of any age:
- For Bolton, Manchester, Salford, Trafford and Wigan residents – call 0800 9530285.
- For Bury, Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale, Oldham, Stockport, Tameside and Glossop – call 0800 0149995
Your local pharmacy
can offer advice and treatment for lots of minor illnesses and ailments – without the need for an appointment!
can be accessed via the Greater Manchester dental helpline 0333 332 3800, available from 8am to 10pm every day, including weekends and bank holidays for those who need help urgently when their practice is closed, or do not have a regular dentist.
Greater Manchester’s Urgent Eye Care Service
can provide assessments and treatment quickly if a sudden change in vision, red or painful eyes or new flashes or floaters are seen. This is a free NHS service, made up of local optician teams. Available to anyone registered with a Greater Manchester GP. To find out more, visit www.primaryeyecare.co.uk
There are lots of foodbanks across Greater Manchester. Many of these services offer more than just food, some may offer support around mental health and wellbeing, food parcels, financial advice and support, community ran groups and much more. For support in your local area, visit www.greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk/helping-hand/food.
If you have been bereaved and need support or advice, call the Greater Manchester Bereavement Service on 0161 983 0902 or visit www.greater-manchester-bereavement-service.org.uk. This service is available for anyone living or working in Greater Manchester who has been bereaved or affected by a death by whatever cause, no matter how long ago.
Free digital mental wellbeing support
Access free, safe, and anonymous professional support online. There are no waiting lists for support and no referral needed. Access to these platforms is available instantly 24/7. Support available includes: Live chat or messaging with qualified mental health professionals; self-help tools and activities; Visit Kooth (for ages 10 to 25) www.kooth.com or Qwell (for ages 26+) and
Loneliness and social isolation support (Chatty Cafes)
The Chatty Café Scheme is a non-profit organisation tackling loneliness and offers
three services designed to reduce loneliness and/or social isolation. They include face to face meet ups at venues offering ‘Chatter and Natter’
tables where customers can get together and have a chat, virtual sessions, and a telephone service.
For more information or to find your local Chatty Café visit www.thechattycafescheme.co.uk.
You can also access SilverCloud
an online therapy programme for adults proven to help with stress, anxiety, low-mood and depression.
- SilverCloud for adults 16yrs +
- Supporting an Anxious Child (for parents and carers of children aged 5 to 11)
- Supporting and Anxious Teen (for parents and carers of teenagers aged 12 to 18)
You can access these programme here gm.silvercloudhealth.com/signup