Mental health support

Tips to help you thrive

Being mentally healthy doesn’t just mean that you don’t have a mental health problem. If you have good mental health, you can make the most of your potential, cope with life and challenges that come your way, and play a full part in your family life, workplace, community, and social circles.

Here are some tips from the Mental Health Foundation on how to look after your mental health:

  • Talk about your feelings – this can be difficult but it isn’t a sign of weakness. Talking can help you cope with a problem, deal with times you feel troubled and stay in good mental health.
  • Keep active – exercise helps to keep you healthy, both physically and mentally. It can boost your confidence and improve your mental health, so it’s good to try to find an activity you enjoy and make it a part of your regular routine.
  • Eat well – Your brain needs a mix of nutrients in order to stay healthy and function well so a diet that’s good for your physical health is also good for your mental health.
  • Drink sensibly – Drinking alcohol is not a good way to manage difficult feelings. Once the alcohol wears off it can leave you feeling worse due to its effects on your brain and rest of your body. Stay within the recommended daily alcohol limits of three to four units for men and two to three for women.
  • Keep in touch – Keep the lines of communication open with family and friends – they can make you feel cared for, keep you grounded and help you solve practical problems.
  • Do something you’re good at – Concentrating on something you love doing can help take your mind of worries for a while. Give yourself some ‘me time’ for relaxation or a hobby such as gardening, sketching, playing sport or doing puzzles – this can help beat stress.
  • Ask for help - if things are getting too much for you and you’re struggling to cope, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Your family or friends might be able to offer practical help or a listening ear but remember there are also local support services available to you.

What support is available?

Sometimes people need support to help them to thrive - and this is where our staff can help.

We offer many services for people of all ages and who have a range of mental health needs.  There are also lots of other local and national organisations that can offer support.  

You can:

  • Find out more about some of our services and other external resources below, many are self-referral
  • Speak to your GP who can refer you to a service that will be able to help
  • If you need help in an emergency situation, visit your nearest A&E department or phone 999

Support for all ages:

  • The Samaritans: Confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress, despair or suicidal thoughts.  Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Phone them on 116 123
  • Learning diability services: Support for adults and children with a diagnosed learning disability, including a short breaks service.
  • Mind: Lots of support to make sure people don't have to face a mental health problem alone.

Support for adults: 

  • Healthy Minds: A range of support for mild to moderate mental health issues.  It is for people aged 16 years and above and  you can self-refer.
  • Military Veterans' Service: Mental health support for ex-service personnel across Greater Manchester for conditions including depression, alcohol and substance misuse, anger problems and post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • Service user case studies:  Read the recovery stories of people who have received care and support from our rehab and high support services.

Support for children and young people:

General resources:

  • Healthy Young Minds website: Our Healthy Young Minds services have a dedicated website that provides lots of information about young people's mental health and support that is available 
  • Healthy Young Minds services:  A range of child and adolescent mental health services for children and young people who are experiecing a range of more complex mental health issue
  • #Thrive:  A range of emotional health and wellbeing support for children and young people aged up to 19 years in Heywood, Middleton or Rochdale.  You can self-refer to this service
  • Young Minds: The UK's leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.

Suicide prevention:

  • Papyrus: Confidential support for young people at risk of suicide and advice for those who are worried about a young person.

Eating disorders: 

  • Community Eating Disorders Service:  Dedicated support and treatment across the Pennine Care footprint (*). You can self-refer to this service.  
  • B-eat: The UK's leading charity supporting anyone affected by eating disorders, anorexia, bulimia, EDNOS or any other difficulties with food, weight and shape.

Exam stress:

  • Stressbusting tips: Some tips from our Healthy Young Minds staff about the symptoms of stress and how to cope.
  • Student Minds:   The UK's student mental health charity Student Minds offers lots of tips for coping with exam stress.
  • NHS Choices: provides some guidance on how parents and carers can support a child or young person to cope with exams and stress.


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