Mental health support

If you are waiting for medical care or treatment, it can be a difficult for you and those around you.

There are lots of organisations that offer mental health support, both locally and nationally. You might need different types of support at different times in your life. Sometimes it might just be about getting a bit of advice or sometimes problems are more serious or don’t get better with self-help.

Please see the organisations and the support they can offer below:

  • Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMMH) Helpline

    The GMMH mental health helpline is a free service available to everyone at all times. If you feel your mental health is beginning to suffer, contact the helpline by calling 0800 953 0285.

  • Self Help

    Self Help is a user-led mental health charity that offers a range of support and services across the North West of England. It helps people living with anxiety, depression, phobias and panic attacks. Visit their website to find out for more about the services and how to access them.

  • Rethink Manchester Mental Health Group

    This support group is a part of the national charity Rethink Mental Illness. It is a volunteer run support group for anyone in Manchester who is affected by severe or enduring mental illness. It could be through lived experience or as a family member/friend. The aim of the group is to bring people together in a safe non-judgemental environment to share experiences.

    Due to Covid-19, Rethink Manchester has moved their meetings online. It takes places every Thursday evening from 6:30-7:30pm on the ‘Zoom’ app. If want to know more or join the meetings, please email the group coordinator Mary Patel on:

    Download the ‘Zoom’ App for free on your tablet, phone or computer on the Zoom website here.

  • 42nd Street

    42nd Street support young people with their emotional well-being and mental health by offering a choice of effective, creative, young person-centred and rights-based approaches.

    It is an inclusive service that is free and confidential. If you are or care for a young person, please visit their website for more information about their services.

  • Kooth

    Kooth is a platform emotional wellbeing and mental health support service available to children and young people aged between 11 to 25. It is a free digital service that can be accessed through mobile, tablet or desktop.

    It provides immediate access to an online community of peers and a team of experienced, accredited counsellors. The service is anonymous and open for support 365 days a year. The timings are 12pm – 10pm on weekdays, and 6pm – 10pm on weekends and holidays.

    You can find out more about the service and sign up on their website here.