Looking after your mental health
While you wait, do what you can to look after your mental health
The information and advice here is aimed at helping you arrive for your appointment with the best possible mental health.
Your mental wellbeing is just as important as your physical health.
On this page you will find information on how to look after your mental health, including support and services available across Greater Manchester. You will find information about crisis lines and when you may need to ask for help from your GP.
- In the time before your surgery, you can take simple steps to improve your mental health.
- Maintaining and improving your overall wellbeing will lead to a faster recovery if you require surgery.
- Once you are referred by your GP, the waiting journey begins. Make the most of the time before you see your specialist.
- There are a range of resources in this section of the website which are aimed at helping you manage the wait, so you arrive for your appointment with the best possible mental health.
Looking after your mental health
Having good mental health helps us relax, achieve and enjoy our lives more. We have expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing.
Mental health issues – We all have mental health, and life is full of ups and downs for everyone. Here you will find expert advice, practical tips and plenty of help and support if you’re feeling stressed, anxious, low, struggling with relationships or sleep.
Here you will find some general information on mental health issues.
Also, find here some of our top tips to improve your mental wellbeing.
Apps to support your health, mental health and wellbeing:
Mental health and wellbeing support in Greater Manchester - All ages
COVID-19 has had a far-reaching impact on people right across the world, and it’s important during this time to take care of your mind as well as your body. Everyone will be reacting in his or her own way.
You might be:
- Feeling frustrated or lonely.
- Concerned about your finances, health, relationships or relatives.
- Feeling down, worried or anxious.
Remember, it is OK to feel like this. These are normal reactions to uncertainty and to challenging events.
This booklet contains practical information about things you can do now to look after your mental health and wellbeing, and how you can support others.
Free text and online support:
SHOUT. With this 24/7 crisis text messaging service, you can send a text message any time of day or night wherever you are – every conversation is with a real person. Just text SHOUT to 85258.
- You don’t need an app or data and there’s no registration process.
- It’s silent and won’t appear on your phone bill.
- Confidential and anonymous.
Mental health and wellbeing support in Greater Manchester - Aged 16 years +
Living Life To The Full
Resources for improving feelings, beating stress, sleeping better and boosting ability to live well. This programme provides key information using everyday, non-complex language and is available on the go or at home, 24/7.
Through this resource, you have access to Living Life To The Full, a general course that covers low mood and stress, and helps people to feel happier and more relaxed. There is also Reclaim Your Life, which addresses coping and living with long-term illness. Finally, it includes Enjoy Your Baby, for new parents and parents to be, which helps them to feel more confident, build a bond with their baby and enjoy being a parent.
All E-books are available in English and in 15 community languages.
SilverCloud – aged 16 years+
These online programmes help ease your levels of stress, sleep better or build resilience. You can choose to use any of the programmes. They are self-help, confidential and secure. Instant access to self-help support can be found here.
Free text and online support – children and young people aged 11 to 18 years:
- Chat to their friendly counsellors
- Read articles written by young people
- Get support from the Kooth community
24/7 Crisis lines: All ages
If you feel you need mental health support please contact one of these 24/7 crisis lines:
- Bolton, Manchester, Salford and Trafford: 0800 953 0285 (freephone)
- Bury, Heywood, Middleton & Rochdale, Oldham, Stockport, Tameside & Glossop: 0800 014 9995 (freephone)
- Wigan: 0800 051 3253 (freephone)
If there’s an immediate risk of danger to life, you should ring 999
Shining a Light on Suicide
Whether you’re feeling suicidal, worried that someone else is, or have lost someone to suicide, you’re not alone. Whatever you’re going through, Shining a Light on Suicide will help you get the advice and support you need.
Beat is the UK’s eating disorder charity. Beat has lots of useful advice for adults and children https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/get-information-and-support/
Keeping Well this Winter - Advice for Older Residents
This booklet has been created by Greater Manchester Combined Authority in collaboration with the Healthy Ageing Research Group, linked to the Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing, based at the University of Manchester.
This booklet updates an earlier version, adds new sections and has lots of ideas and suggestions to help us keep active and connected, stay safe and well, and manage our money and home. It is written for those with less or no access to online resources and includes a list of useful contact numbers.
Keeping Well at Home
Working with the University of Manchester we have produced a guide to help older people keep well at home.
The guide is packed full of health and dietary advice, including a programme of standing and sitting strength and balance exercises.
It gives useful tips on keeping minds active, eating and drinking at home and safety.
Creative Care Kit – Older People
Creative Care Kits full of things for older people to do are being delivered to 16,000 older people across Greater Manchester.
The kits contain a range of activities that can be completed at home.
Creative activities: printable resources
Mental health support
Give us a shout (Text ‘SHOUT’ to 85258)
Or contact your GP
Older people and coronavirus FAQs
Meal delivery services
Booklets on eating and drinking well
Grants and benefits advice
Looking after others
Advice and support for carers
Supporting people living with Dementia
When to ask for help from your GP
If you’ve noticed changes in the way you are thinking or feeling over the past few weeks or months that concern you and cause you distress, see your GP or current mental health practitioner.
If you need urgent medical attention but it is not a life-threatening situation, you should first call 111. If you think life is at risk, you should call 999.