The Sanctuary

The Sanctuary

You may have heard that The Sanctuary – an out of hours non-clinical service for people experiencing mental health crisis – is no longer being provided in Manchester.

We’d like to reassure everyone who lives here, that we are fully committed to providing the very best mental health and wellbeing services  in the city –  and in a way that can benefit as many people as possible.

Ed Dyson, Executive Director of Strategy, at Manchester Health and Care Commissioning, said:

“As commissioners, we want to provide the sort of services we would want for ourselves our own loved ones. Mental health services are a priority for us – and we base all decisions on evidence around how they can benefit the most people, with the greatest effect.”

“As with most services, take-up can change over time – or there may be other ways of developing them, or making them available to more people – all of whom need help in times of need.”

“With that in mind, we have been expanding care to include a wider range of mental health services, including Turning Point, which provides a crisis out-of-hours service across the city. This service is also able to offer short-term residential support, as a well as one-to-one help and advice, or signposting to other services.”

There are other, further developments to include the development of talking therapies and bringing more support into communities so that care is closer to people’s homes. In the meantime, we want to make sure that people know where they can get help via these numbers:

Turning Point

0161 238 5149


0300 304 7000 (4:30pm to 10:30pm)

NHS 111 (24 hours every day)


116 123 (free phone national helpline – this number will not show on phone bills)


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