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Mental health

We know things are difficult at the moment. If you find yourself feeling anxious, stressed or overwhelmed, there’s free support and advice available to you.

Urgent mental health support

Local mental health crisis helplines 

If you feel you need mental health support now please contact one of these 24/7 helplines – they’re available to anyone of any age.

Bolton, Manchester, Salford, Trafford and Wigan 0800 953 0285 (freephone).

Bury, Heywood, Middleton & Rochdale, Oldham, Stockport and Tameside & Glossop 0800 014 9995 (freephone).

If there’s an immediate risk of danger to life, you should ring 999.

If you’re having suicidal thoughts

The Samaritans are here 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Whatever you're going through, a Samaritan will face it with you. Call 116 123 for free or visit the Samaritans website for more contact details.

Greater Manchester suicide support 

Whether you’re feeling suicidal, worried someone else is, or have lost someone to suicide, you’re not alone. Whatever you’re going through, Shining A Light On Suicide can help you get the advice and support you need. Visit the Shining a Light on Suicide website.

Mental health advice and support

  1. Connect with other people
  2. Be active
  3. Learn new skills
  4. Give to others
  5. Pay attention to the present

Visit the NHS website to find out more about what you can do to feel better. Explore our Helping Hand pages for practical advice on the five ways.

Every Mind Matters 

Every Mind Matters expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental wellbeing and make them part of your daily routine. Visit the Every Mind Matters website for support.


Mind can also offer advice and support for your mental health, including resources about the cost of living. Visit the Mind website for support.

Cost of living podcasts 

There are free mental wellbeing podcasts to listen to on Spotify. These podcasts by Qwell (external website) support you to look after your own wellbeing through cost of living issues.


Online programmes to help ease your levels of stress, sleep better or to build resilience. You can choose to use any of the programmes. They are self-help, confidential and secure. Visit the SilverCloud website to access the programmes.

Addiction support 

If gambling is worrying you

If you’re worried about your own, or someone else’s gambling, free and confidential advice and support is available across Greater Manchester. Chapter One provides more information about gambling and support available, including how to block gambling products and how gambling can impact people. Visit the Chapter One website to find more services that can support you: How and where to get help | Chapter One (external website)

Addiction support in your area

The NHS and charities provide lots of support around addiction. 

Addiction support - NHS (external website)