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.

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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.


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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.

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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.

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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

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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.


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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.


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