April 2020

We launched our Greater Manchester wide programme of new digital services and online support in early April to help anyone who may be struggling with their mental health during the ongoing pandemic.

Mental health is a priority for us in Greater Manchester – now more than ever. It’s important that we all look after our own mental health and wellbeing and join together to take care of those around us. Many of us may need extra support to do this as we struggle with social distancing and isolation. That’s why we’ve invested in a range of digital services that can be accessed without leaving the house, with no need for a referral from a health professional. Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester

The new support package includes digital services and helplines that have been set up for each borough in Greater Manchester. The helplines will connect people with practical support from the voluntary sector or local health services

Local mental health helplines

  • Bolton, 01204 337 221
  • Bury, 0161 253 5151
  • Heywood, Middleton & Rochdale, 0300 330 9073
  • Manchester, 0800 234 6123
  • Oldham, 0300 330 9073
  • Salford, 0800 952 1000
  • Stockport, 0800 138 7276
  • Tameside & Glossop, 0161 470 6100
  • Trafford, 0300 330 9073
  • Wigan, 01942 636 395

Or, alternatively, calls can be made to NHS 111.

We know things are difficult right now and many people may be feeling anxious, stressed or overwhelmed by the coronavirus outbreak. We have seen rapid changes to our lives in just a short space of time and this can be hard. But if you need help in a crisis, no matter what it is – there is support out there for you.  Don’t forget, your regular NHS health services are still providing the same safe care they always have. If you’re concerned about anxiety or low mood you can contact your GP for advice, support or a referral if this is right for you. If you already have an appointment with a mental health service this may be conducted virtually, but it is important that you still attend. Dr Henry Ticehurst, Medical Director and Consultant Adult Psychiatrist, Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust