Mental and Emotional Wellbeing

Helplines if you are in a crisis

NHS 111

SANEline (16:30-22:30) 0300 304 7000

Samaritans 24/7 Helpline 116 123

Manchester GMMH 24/7 Helpline 0800 953 0285

Text SHOUT to 852258

Other Crisis Services

Help! Click here for some other places to turn to when you feel unable to cope.


If something is troubling you, call Samaritans free, 24 hours a day 365 days a year.

Telephone: 116 123



Be Well

Be Well is your new local support service in North Manchester.

Telephone: 0161 470 7120


Every Mind Matters

Having good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more. There are simple things we can all do to look after our mental health and wellbeing – take our quiz to get started today with a free plan, expert advice and practical tips.


Crisis and Out of Hours

For people already using the Greater Manchester Mental Health services there is a number to ring if you are in crisis or it is out-of-hours.

Telephone: 0161 271 0450(Manchester) 01204 390302(Trafford)


Buzz Manchester

An NHS Health & Wellbeing Service whose aim is to help improve your health and wellbeing of people and communities in Manchester, to help individuals and families live fuller, healthier, happier and longer lives.


42nd Street

Are you 11-25? Are you stressed out and need someone to talk to in confidence?

42nd Street is a centre for young people’s mental health and wellbeing. They offer groups (including a women’s group and a depression & anxiety group) or one-to-one counselling and therapy.

If you think it’s time to talk, you can refer yourself or ask someone else to refer you to 42nd Street. This might be a teacher, youth worker, parent or carer or someone else you trust.

Telephone: 0161 228 7321


JNR8 Youth & Community Centre, Whalley Range

One-to-one support and mentoring, cooking workshops for healthy eating and other youth projects for people aged 11–18 years. Support for whatever issues you may have, including relationships, homelessness, drugs and alcohol and behaviour. Our work has also included work in areas such as homework, confidence building, and dealing with anger issues.


Greater Manchester Suicide Bereavement Information Service

If you have been bereaved or affected by suicide you can call.

Telephone: 0161 212 4919

Right from the Start

for people experiencing psychosis for the first time. Getting the RIGHT support early to deal with mental difficulties improves prospects for recovery. Indeed that’s why Early Intervention in Psychosis services developed.


Chronic Fatigue Self-Referral Service

Living with Fatigue and Pain Service

Yoga, meditation and sports

Deep breathing and co-ordinated exercising and activities are beneficial to mental health and can help reduce anxiety, stress and depression. Meditation, yoga and group activities such as singing, dancing, martial arts and sports can in this way be seen as possible ways to help prevent and settle unsettled emotional states.

Article on Yoga, Meditation and Anxiety

Lotus Flower: 31 Days of Yoga (Free)

Do Yoga With Me free online videos

For some local classes see our Keeping Active section

Meditation not Medication

The free website ‘Look at Paintings’ innovatively partners techniques of Mindful meditation with Art Appreciation, with the aim of producing immediate benefits to the viewer.

Find out more information 



Self-harm in Older Adults

This leaflet aims to give information to people affected by self-harm:

Self-harm in Older Adults


Help, information and support for all those affected by mental illness.



The work of the Charity is based on a belief that people can recover from severe mood problems and move on to lead happier and fuller lives. From its centre in Manchester, Moodswings reaches out across the north west and beyond with a message of real hope and optimism for individuals and their families and friends.


Further information

For more information about mental health, ways to cope with it and more visit

NHS – Mental Health

One You – Feeling Stressed?


Shout is the UK’s first 24/7 text service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help.


Text Shout to 852258

Self Help Services

Self Help provide a range of support, services and opportunities for people living with mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, phobias and panic attacks.

Refer yourself for counselling

Chorlton Anxiety Group – Tue 7-9pm

Zion Anxiety Group – Wed 1-3pm

Zion Depression Group – Wed 3-5pm

Bereavement & Loss Group – Tue 5.30-7.30pm

eTherapy (online CBT)

NHS Self Help Leaflets

Zion & Kath Locke Centres

Community centres with activities, courses and classes including anxiety, depression and also self-harm weekly drop-in groups, hypnotherapy, massage, yoga, energy healing, Qigong and Reiki.

Zion Centre

Kath Locke Centre

Timetable of activities

Living Life To The Full

Living Life To The Full is one of the most used resources for improving feelings, beating stress and boosting ability to live well. We want as many people as possible from across Greater Manchester to also enjoy these benefits. So we’ve made Living Life To The Full easily available, totally FREE of charge, for all residents.


Greater Manchester Mental Health

GMMH provides a wide range of services in the treatment and recovery of mental health conditions and substance misuse.


Time to Change

Time to change is a campaign to change the way people think and act about mental health problems.


Fit For Work

Manchester’s Fit for Work service is a free telephone-based support service, funded by Manchester Health and Care Commissioning. The service provides support to people who have needed to take time off work as a consequence of issues such as Mental Health (including anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, confidence, stress), back, joint or neck pain (including lower limb pain, RSI, Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia), bullying and harassment within the workplace, financial problems, redundancy, changes to employment circumstances and associated pressures and workplace stress, pressure of work-life balance.

If you are a resident of Manchester who is currently off work sick and feel that the service could help please contact the service:

Self refer online

Email your name and contact details:

Telephone: 0161 974 1286

Manchester Mind

Manchester Mind is in independent local mental health charity which delivers services to young people and adults. Our vision is of a city that promotes good mental health and treats people with mental health problems positively, fairly and with respect.



For all Manchester children and young people aged 11-18 years: this is a 24/7 online service to help support your emotional health and wellbeing.

Kooth is free, safe, confidential and non-stigmatised. Kooth offer online counselling, self-help tools, peer support boards, moderated peer discussion, referral into face-to-face services, and a co-produced online magazine.



Everybody knows how important it is to look after their physical health, but sometimes people forget to look after their mental health. Whether you want to know more about how you’re feeling, get information about a mental health condition or know what support is available to you, YoungMind guides can help.

YoungMinds also manage a website called HeadMeds – straight talk on mental health medication.

Young Minds Website

Young Minds Facebook

HeadMeds Website

Shining a Light on Suicide

They want to support you if you are bereaved by suicide or concerned that someone you know may be thinking of suicide.



Use your natural creative skills to maintain and improve your wellbeing. Pick from dozens of creative activities designed for you by experts in the field of arts and health on this website.


Mindfulness and Meditation

There are several meditation centres in and around Chorlton and Whalley Range and also in the City Centre. Many are Buddhist centres but hold a range of drop-in lunchtime and evening meditation sessions open to all. There are also several smartphone meditation apps. has postings of other group meetings has postings of other group meetings locally and elsewhere, and in the City Centre there is Inner Space, a Kadampa Meditation Centre and the Manchester Buddhist Centre

Getting out in Nature

If you are able then getting out in nature can be so helpful to our wellbeing. Locally there are many parks and green spaces such as The Alexandra Park, Longford Park, Chorlton Ees, Turn Moss Playing Fields, Ivy Green, Chorlton Water Park, Hough End Playing Fields and Southern Cemetery.

Being Active

Healing Forest Website and Forest Meditations

Coaching with Walking – a local coach who offers to meet while walking in the natural environment in a local park or green space. First session free.
Telephone07989 371908


Information and Support for all mental health issues. Mind Info line:

Telephone: 0300 123 3393


Living Life to the Full

Offering free resources to help you help yourself.


NHS Moodzone

Whatever you need to know about coping with stress, anxiety or depression, or just the normal emotional ups and downs of life, the NHS Moodzone is here to help.