Did you know?
- At least 1 in 4 people experience a diagnosable mental health problem in any one year, and 1 in 6 experiences this at any one time.
- More than half of those with a common mental health problem have both depression and anxiety.
- There are approximately 670,000 people with dementia in England, a figure that could double in the next 30 years.
- Nearly 850,000 children and young people aged between 5 and 16 have a mental health problem; this is equal to 1 in 10 young people. Less than 1 in 10 accesses treatment.
Get the help that's right for you. Here's some advice and information that can help.
How can my GP help?
You should make an appointment to see your GP if you’ve been feeling depressed for a few weeks, or your anxiety is having an impact on your daily life, such as stopping you from going to work or shopping.
Mental health services are free on the NHS, but you will usually need a referral from your GP to access them.
Need help finding your local GP? Contact us.
Mental health services in Manchester
For a full list of mental health services take a look at the local mental health support services on Hub of Hope, a website and app that is free to use and endorsed by Samaritans.
We've also put together a list of organisations that can help you. Just click the link below to be taken to the support that's right for you.
If you don't feel you can keep yourself safe right now, seek immediate help by visiting your nearest Accident & Emergency (A&E) department or call 999.
If you need urgent support but don't want to go to A&E:
Here are a list of services that can help with your general mental health and wellbeing
Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT)
Offers 1-1 sessions with a therapist to patients registered at 13 GP surgeries in Manchester
0161 226 3871 / 0161 480 2020 (8:30am-5:30pm)
Rethink mental illness
Some of the services available are: support groups, carer support, employment advice or talking treatments.
0300 5000 927 (Mon-Fri, 9:30am-4pm)
Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress and despair. You can talk to someone on the phone, in person, via e-mail or letter correspondence.
116 123 (24-hour helpline, open 365 days a year)
An independent charity providing a wide range of mental health support services, information and training. Some of the services include young people support, peer support groups, advice on welfare, housing and debt.
0300 123 3393 (Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm)
Buzz Manchester Health & Wellbeing Service
A community-focused health and wellbeing service, offering one-on-one support and advice on a variety of issues. Their aim is to enable individuals to improve their overall wellbeing by promoting self-care and personal resilience.
0161 271 0505
Offering tailored support for issues ranging from common mental health problems, learning disabilities and substance misuse.
0161 238 5149
Thinking Ahead (The Big Life Group)
Providing free help for people who experience distress caused by life-changing events, as well as mental health problems.
01706 751 180 (8:30am-5pm)
Zion Centre (The Big Life Group)
A community centre based in Hulme, offering space to charity and community services, including a range of self-help groups.
0161 226 5412
A nationwide database of qualified counsellors and psychotherapists. This is searchable by location and contains a range of information on each professional profile as well as articles about mental health care. These will be private – charged – services but might be useful if you are not able to access NHS psychological therapies.
0333 325 2500
A Manchester-based charity with the aim of helping people recover from mood problems and the severe emotional distress they can cause. They offer one-on-one support, recovery workshops as well as a range of online support resources.
0161 832 3736
A nation-wide charity aiming to support people with anxiety and anxiety-based depression by providing information, support and understanding via an extensive range of services, including 1:1 therapy.
03444 775 774 (Mon-Fri 9:30am-5.30pm)
Beat Eating Disorders
A nation-wide charity oriented to end the pain and suffering caused by eating disorders. They offer support for all types of eating disorders through help lines, webchats, support groups as well as advice on local services and clinics.
0808 801 0677
0808 801 0711
Anorexia and Bulimia Care (ABC) provides personal care for anyone affected by anorexia, bulimia, binge-eating and all other types of eating disorders.
Hazel House is a Turning Point crisis support location. It provides short-term residential mental health service for adults living in Manchester, that are suffering from mental distress.
0161 238 5149
A mental health service run by and for lesbians, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer people. All MindOut services are confidential, independent and impartial.
A charity located in Manchester’s Gay Village, they provide services and resources to help improve mental health and wellbeing for LGBTQ+ individuals.
0345 3 30 30 30
The Proud Trust
Located among the Universities, this LGBTQ+ centre offers a wide range of support groups.
0161 660 3347
An advice and counselling network for young people. Offers a useful search tool to find free and confidential counselling services in your area, based on postcode.
020 8772 9900
An Ancoats-based charity supporting young people aged 11-25 with their mental health and emotional wellbeing. They offer individual therapeutic support (including CBT), a range of online resources as well as group workshops and art-based activities.
0161 228 7321 (Mon–Fri 9.30am-5pm)
Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
An NHS service offering mental health treatment and support in North, Central and South Manchester, as well as in Salford.
0161 203 3250 / 3251
0161 701 6880
0161 902 3400
A specialised charity providing support for homeless youth. They offer housing, health advice, learning programmes as well as training on moving on from a homeless life. Based in the City Centre.
0800 587 5158
African and Caribbean Mental Health Centre (ACMHS)
A community-based organisation providing free and confidential culturally appropriate services predominantly to African and African Caribbean communities as well as other minority groups. They offer, in others, counselling, peer support, social activity drop-ins and support groups. Based in Moss Side.
0161 226 9562
Wai Yin Society
An Ancoats-based community centre offering crisis care, parenting support, mental health help (Kwai Wan project) and other forms of support for BME communities, particularly the Chinese community.
Ethnic Health Forum
A community-driven centre based in Rusholme, offering advice and support for ethnic and national minorities.
0161 408 4331
Change, Grow, Live (CGL)
A recovery-oriented serviced based in the Zion Community centre (see: general mental health and wellbeing support tab). Their services include assessment, information and advice, treatment and referral, and are designed to meet the needs of service users who use drugs and alcohol.
0161 226 5526 (Monday-Friday)
ADS: Addiction Dependency Solutions
A leading drug and alcohol addiction charity aiming to provide user-focused recovery help. Some of their services include: one-on-one counselling, CBT, group workshops, acupuncture and relaxation techniques, sustainable housing planning and criminal justice intervention advice.
0161 831 2400
An advisory and referral service for people who suffer from alcohol, drug and behavioural addiction.
0800 140 4690
A confidential domestic abuse helpline providing emotional support and practical information on options that are available based on your specific circumstances. Inclusive to all genders, ethnicities and sexualities.
0161 636 7525 (Monday–Friday, 10am–4pm)
firstname.lastname@example.org (non-urgent e-mail service:)
End the Fear
A collection of services across Greater Manchester aiming to stop domestic abuse and help anyone concerned about abuse to find out about help for themselves. They are overlooked by the charity Independent Choices (see above). Their services include, among others, helplines, women’s aid, housing and education advice.
0161 636 7525 (Monday–Friday, 10am–4pm)
The Affinity Centre
Provides couples counselling in Wilmslow & Cheadle, both in the traditional version as well as with the Imago relationship therapy. Their services are LGBTQ+ friendly, providing specialised counselling informed by the social context, problems and challenges same sex couples face.
A charity providing relationship (romantic, family and friendship) support and counselling. They also provide sex therapy and advice.
0300 003 0396
A therapy centre providing counselling for various relationship issues, including: couples counselling, sex therapy, bereavement and loss, bullying, sex abuse and trauma as well as sex addiction. Located in Central Manchester and Preston.
07971 089 084
Psychosis Research Unit
The psychosis research unit aims to promote a normalising approach to understanding psychosis. They provide help in dealing with psychosis, reducing stigma, promote recovery through a user-chosen treatment.
0161 358 1395 (Mon–Fri, 9am-5pm)