Published on: 28th November 2023

A mental health crisis is when you feel at breaking point, and you need urgent help.

You may be feeling extremely anxious; feeling suicidal, or self-harming; you may also be hearing voices, or feeling very paranoid.

If you or someone you know needs urgent mental health support, there are a number of crisis services across Greater Manchester that you can turn to. These are alternatives to attending A&E departments, which can become very busy over the Winter period.

NHS 24/7 mental health crisis helplines

For people of all ages who need urgent mental health support. They are available free of charge, day or night, 365 days per year.

These are run by experienced mental health professionals who will:

  • Listen to you and help you work through immediate problems
  • Work with you to find ways to move forward or suggest ways of working
  • Give you information about, or refer you on to, other services that may be helpful.

If you live in Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport or Tameside, call 0800 014 9995.

If you live in Bolton, Salford, Trafford, Manchester, or Wigan, call 0800 953 0285.

Self help

Dr Miranda Budd, our associate network director for psychological therapies, has shared some practical advice for anyone who may be feeling overwhelmed or struggling to cope.

“Ask for help, share the dilemma. Whether this is from someone within your personal life or a professional, talking to someone about how you are feeling is a really important step towards feeling better.

“Don’t be by yourself. Sometimes when we don’t feel so good, this can be hard. It may feel like you want to avoid others, places and people. However, even if you don’t feel like it, often being with someone else can help to lift your mood.

“A change of scenery can also help. Go outside for a walk, the change in temperature, some fresh air and a bit of exercise can be beneficial.

“When you are feeling calmer, it’s a good idea to make a plan for if, and/ or when there is a next time you aren’t feeling so great. Sharing this plan, or even creating this plan with an important other in your life can also be a good idea- so they know how to help when you are struggling.”

More support

Visit our feel well this winter page for more advice and support services.