If you’re feeling low, anxious, stressed or overwhelmed there are lots of things you can do to lift your mood.

Try taking a walk, talking to a family member or friend or doing something relaxing like reading a book or listening to music. However, there may be times when you may need a bit of extra help. Remember, it’s OK not to be OK.

To help your mental health and wellbeing, you can access free self-help advice and support:

  • SilverCloud is a confidential and secure series of programmes to help ease stress, sleep better or build resilience.
  • Access safe and anonymous professional support online 24/7 from Kooth (ages 10 to 25) or Qwell (ages 26 and over). There are no waiting lists and no referral is needed.
  • The Greater Manchester Bereavement Service is available for anyone who has been bereaved or affected by a death by whatever cause, no matter how long ago. Visit the website or call 0161 983 0902.

You can contact your GP practice and let them know how you’re feeling. It may be tough to begin with, but your GP can refer you for counselling and other talking therapies that can really help.

For more details of mental health support where you live, go to Greater Manchester mental health support hub.

Crisis helplines in Greater Manchester

If you need mental health advice and support urgently, there are freephone 24/7 crisis helplines for all areas of Greater Manchester.

  • Bolton, Manchester, Salford, Trafford and Wigan: 0800 953 0285
  • Bury, Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale, Oldham, Stockport, and Tameside and Glossop: 0800 014 9995

Shining a Light on Suicide is there for you, whether you’re feeling suicidal, worried someone else is or have lost someone to suicide. Whatever you’re going through, you can get the advice and support you need.

If it’s an emergency and you’re worried you can’t keep yourself safe, go to your nearest A&E or call 999 if you can’t make it to a hospital.

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