Our 24/7 mental health helpline is here to support anybody in our areas (all ages):

0800 014 9995 (freephone)

If there's an immediate risk of danger to life, you should ring 999.

Our helpline is for people of all ages who are experiencing increased mental health needs during the coronavirus.

This is run by experienced mental health professionals who can:

  • 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 other services that may be helpful to you or the person you care for

We've put this number, along with other helpful local numbers, on a poster which you can share.

If you need more support, below are some other helplines that can help you:

If you're looking for more information or guidance about covid, visit our covid information page.

Call 116 123 (freephone) if you need to talk to someone urgently about how you are feeling.

You can also email jo@samaritans.org or visit the Samaritans website.

NHS and social care workers:

Samaritans also run a confidential support line for NHS and social care staff, from 7am to 11pm, seven days a week: 0800 069 6222


Shout is a free text messaging helpline for people of all ages.

Trained volunteers can provide advice in a private, confidential and trusted way, if you're experiencing mental health challenges.

This includes anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, abuse or assault, self-harm, bullying and relationship issues.

To get started, text the relevant keyword based on where you live:

  • Text GMBury to 85258
  • Text GMBolton to 85258
  • Text GMManchester to 85258
  • Text GMOldham to 85258
  • Text GMRochdale to 85258
  • Text GMSalford to 85258
  • Text GMStockport to 85258
  • Text GMT&G to 85258 (this for Tameside and Glossop)
  • Text GMTrafford to 85258
  • Text GMWigan to 85258

These are local to each borough and can offer support with general mental health and emotional wellbeing:

  • Tameside and Glossop (Minds Matter) - 0161 470 6100 - available 10am-2pm, Monday to Friday.
  • Stockport (Making Space) - 0800 138 7276 - available 24/7
  • Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale (Rochdale and District Mind) - 01706 752 338 or 0800 107 0729 - available 9am-4pm Monday to Friday
  • Bury - (Bury Community Hubs) - 0161 253 5353 - available 9am-5pm, seven days a week
  • Oldham (Mind) - 0161 770 7007 - available 9am-5pm on weekdays, 11am-2pm weekends

We've put these numbers, along with our own helpline, on a poster which you can print or share.

Papyrus runs a listening service if you’re under 35 and may be having thoughts of suicide.

Call: 08000 684141

Text: 07786 209 697

Email: pat@papyrus-uk.org

Click here to check opening times.

Call 0300 304 7000 for emotional support and information if you’re affected by mental illness. This includes if you’re a family member, friend or carer.

Visit the SANEline website.

Older people can call 0800 4 70 80 90 for free, confidential information, friendship and advice.

Visit the Silver Line website.

If you’re a man who is down or have hit a wall for any reason, you can ring the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) helpline to talk or find support.

Call: 0800 58 58 58

Visit the CALM website.

National Suicide Helpline UK offers a supportive listening service to anyone in the UK with thoughts of suicide or self harm. They are open 24/7.

Call: 0800 689 5652

NHS England have launched a new mental health hotline for NHS staff of all roles and levels.

The phone number is running from 7am to 11pm daily: 0300 131 7000

Or you can text FRONTLINE to 85258 (available 24/7).

Volunteers are on hand to listen to you and give psychological support, or signpost you to other support if needed.

Samaritans helpline:

Samaritans also run a confidential support line for NHS and social care staff, from 7am to 11pm, seven days a week: 0800 069 6222

This website aims to support anyone who is thinking about suicide or who has been affected by it. Click on these links to see what help is available: