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The Sanctuary - Self Help
Struggling To Cope? If you are in crisis overnight from 8pm - 6am, call us on 0300 003 7029

We provide support to adults who are experiencing anxiety, panic attacks, depression, suicidal thoughts or are in crisis.The Sanctuary offers a space to talk and assistance with coping after the initial crisis.

This service is available to residents (ages 18+) living in:

  •  Manchester, Trafford, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Glossop, Wigan and Leigh – from 8pm – 6am
  • Bolton – from 4pm – 12am (midnight)
The Sanctuary offers a space to talk and assistance with coping after the initial crisis. Overnight, The Sanctuary does not have beds so is not a place to sleep over. On the night of a visit, you can stay as long as you wish between 8pm and 6am. Some people choose to leave The Sanctuary once their initial crisis has passed and they have been able to calm down; others may need to stay longer. The length of your stay will vary according to your needs.

Don’t struggle alone overnight. If you’re experiencing anxiety, panic attacks, depression, suicidal thoughts or are in crisis, call us from 8pm - 6am.

  • Address:
  • Self Help
  • 1st Floor East
  • Oakland House
  • Talbot Road
  • Manchester
  • M16 0PQ


Whatever you're going through, call us free any time, from any phone on 116 123.

We're here round the clock, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you need a response immediately, it's best to call us on the phone. This number is FREE to call. You don't have to be suicidal to call us. People talk to us anytime they like, in their own way - about whatever’s getting to them. People talk to us anytime they like, in their own way - about whatever’s getting to them.

  • Address: WRITE TO US!, RSRB-KKBY-CYJK, PO Box 9090, Stirling, FK8 2SA

Moodswings Network

Location: Manchester 

Moodswings is a unique charity providing intense support to people with mood disorders and their friends and families. At Moodswings all our work centres around Recovery, by which we mean living the best life we can with or without the symptoms of emotional distress. With our upbeat and positive approach to emotional distress we can provide hope and optimism. Life is for living and enjoying. Whatever your problem or difficulty, things can always be made better and we believe that anyone can make a recovery and lead a life closer to the one they aspire to. We can help you to access the care and treatment that you may need. We don't encourage the use of non-evidence based therapies or medicines. We can help to provide the kind of positive enabling support that will help you to live a better and happier life rather than just cope with your difficulties. We can introduce you to new friends who will inspire and encourage you to become as well as they are. We can help you develop new interests and find ways of enjoying life more. We operate a telephone help line that provides advice, information and support for people whose lives are affected by a severe mood disorder. All our services are based on a personal plan that has been designed and agreed after an assessment chat. We do not operate as a drop-in. With our support you can make a good recovery. Get in touch to find out more.



  • Provide confidential help and advice to young people and anyone worried about a young person
  • Help others to prevent young suicide by working with and training professionals
  • Campaign and influence national policy

Thinking of suicide?

Suicide is something PAPYRUS takes very seriously. If this is how you feel, please give us a chance to help.

Call our helpline


HOPELineUK is a specialist telephone service staffed by trained professionals who give non-judgemental support, practical advice and information to;

  • Children, teenagers and young people up to the age of 35 who are worried about how they are feeling
  • Anyone who is concerned about a young person

Opening hours

Mon-Fri: 10am-10pm, weekends: 2pm-10pm & bank holidays: 2pm-5pm

Bipolar UK

We're the national charity dedicated to supporting individuals with the much misunderstood and devastating condition of bipolar, their families and carers. Each year we reach out to and support over 80,000 individuals through our range of services.



Beat is the UK's only nationwide organisation supporting people affected by eating disorders, their family members and friends, and campaigning on their behalf. We are also the world's largest eating disorders charity.

Our activities are designed to increase knowledge, awareness and understanding of eating disorders; to provide support, help and information to people directly affected; and to increase the understanding and skills of professional staff.

We run telephone helplines; local support groups; and this website, which includes information, message boards and online chat. Last year we had direct contact with 250,000 individuals, and many, many thousands more through our website and the media.

We are lucky enough to have a great network of volunteers who support us; around 80% of our work is carried out by volunteers. They work on the helplines, run support groups, speak to the media, get involved in research, and carry out vital local fundraising.

Beat's vision is simple: eating disorders will be beaten.


For the Adult Helpline, please call 0845 634 1414. This helpline is available to anyone over the age of 18 and is open Monday to Thursday 1.30pm – 4.30pm. Alternatively, you can email

For the Youthline, please call 0845 634 7650. The Youthline is available to anyone aged 25 or under, and is open Monday to Thursday 1.30pm – 4.30pm. You can also text the Youthline on 07786 20 18 20 - send us a message and we will get back to you within 24 hours. There is also a Youthline email service at


North West Centre for Eating Disorders (NWCED)

Location: Davenport, Stockport 
NWCED provides, individual, family and group treatments for anorexia, bulemia, compulsive over-eating and associated eatng and weight distress.  The service is NHS funded by the NHS although other areas may access the service privately or via NHS funded referrals from the relevant primary care trust.
The service provides:-
Free weekly drop in sessions at Oakwood House in Davenport Self-help and counselling service A library with loan facilities Cherish Family Support Drop In first Wednesday of every month - free support service for families / carers of people with eating disorders
Open: Monday to Friday 9.00am-9.00pm, Friday 9.00am-5.00p.m. and Saturday 10.00am-12.00noon Referral Details: Referraly only (operates a drop-in service Monday
Access/Facilities: General amenities, sorry the building is not wheelchair friendly.
Cost: Contact for details
Age Range:  16 years plus.
  • Address: Oakwood House, 104 Kennerley Road, Davenport, Stockport, SK2 6EY
  • For more information:
  • Telephone: 0161 4565 6799
  • Fax: 0161 480 0882


SANE is a UK-wide charity working to improve quality of life for people affected by mental illness. SANE has three main objectives linked to our aims and outcomes:

  1. To raise awareness and combat stigma about mental illness, educating and campaigning to improve mental health services;
  2. To provide care and emotional support for people with mental health problems, their families and carers as well as information for other organisations and the public.
  3. To initiate research into the causes and treatments of serious mental illness such as schizophrenia and depression and the psychological and social impact of mental illness.

Therapy Directory


Therapy Directory aim to promote the benefits of complementary therapy and aim to give all the informaton they need to help them make an informed decision about whether therapy would be right for them. The website has a FAQ's section, a number of useful articles written by our members and the facility to search for a practitioner in your area.

To ensure the professioanalism of our website, all listed therapists have provided us with the qualifications and insurance cover or proof of membership with a professional body.

Opening Times: Office Hours Monday to Friday 9am-5pm

  • Address:
  • Therapy Directory Coliseum
  • Riverside Way, Camberley
  • Surrey
  • GU15 3YL

Anxiety UK

Anxiety UK is a member of the Association of Mental Health Providers. We work to relieve and support those living with anxiety and anxiety-based depression by providing information, support and understanding via an extensive range of services, including 1:1 therapy. We work regularly with external agencies and healthcare professionals to improve services for those living with anxiety and anxiety-based depression and also campaign to raise awareness of the conditions.

We can provide support and help if you’ve been diagnosed with, or suspect you may have an anxiety condition. We can also help you deal with specific phobias such as fear of spiders, blushing, vomiting, being alone, public speaking, heights – in fact, any fear that’s stopped you from getting on with your life.

With our help you can start to recover your confidence and forget your fear.

  • Address:
  • Zion Community Centre
  • 339 Stretford Road
  • Hulme, Manchester
  • M15 4ZY


  • Text: 07537 416 905
  • Infoline: 08444 775 774 Monday - Friday 9.30am - 5.30pm
  • Email:
  • Visit:


Lighthouse provides a dual diagnosis for mental health, alcohol & substance misuse. We provide a full & diverse support package from rehabilitation to total independence. Our treatment programmes give you the freedom to choose a package tailor made to your individual needs. We are vibrant, dynamic & build on relationships

  • Address:
  • 44 Farrant Road
  • Longsight
  • Manchester
  • M12 4PF


Location: Ashton 

Families in Mind
Families in Mind is a service for the whole family to access together.
Families can work on issues such as: communication skills, reducing conflicts, increasing family strengths and understanding family roles.

The services are available for families across Tameside, Oldham and Glossop. We run appointments at various locations and at various days and times.
If you would like to book an appointment, please give us a call on 0161 330 9223 to find out our available time slots.

We have a variety of difference services available within Families in Mind from working within your own family with a practitioner to group courses.
To access the service, you will first need to attend a family assessment appointment.
You can book one of these by calling 0161 330 9223.

Family Solutions
1-1 Sessions for families aimed at supporting the family unit to work on common family issues such as:
-Family roles

Families Together Course
A course for families, aimed at supporting families to build on their strengths and assets in order to improve relationships and coping skills within the family unit. Families will work alongside other families who are experiencing similar difficulties with the opportunty for shared learning and understanding.
1 hour per week for 8 weeks.

Parents Together Course
A course for parents to work alongside other parents/carers who are experiencing similar family challenges. Aimed at supporting parents to build upon their existing skills, to gain insight and develop shared understanding to help improve their relationships and coping strategies.
1 hour per week for 8 weeks.
Children and young people Together Course
A course for children and young people who are experiencing challenges centred around their own emotional well-being, who would like to work with peers who are experiencing similar challenges.
1 hour per week for 8 weeks.
You will need to attend a family assessment first, book by calling 0161 330 9223

Mind offers a number of different services and volunteering opportunities:-

1-2-1 Service
Providing the opportunity for people to discuss any worries or concerns with a trained worker. All information is treated confidentially.

Counselling Service
This can be accessed via a 1-2-1 appointment where clients are offered up to twelve weeks of counselling.

F.A.S.T. Service
Helps to find solutions to any problems that you may be having.

Offers a wide range of course running throughout the year. (please contact for more details)

Regular drop-in sessions are held for things such as smoking cessation, welfare rights and routes to work, plus more.

Vegetarian Cafe
Serving healthy "Good Mood Food".

We Are Open:
Monday - Thursday:
Friday: 10am-3pm (Counselling offered until 7pm)

Referral Details: Self-referral by telephone, drop-in or appointment.

Access/Facilities: Disabled access (open all year round).

Address: 216-218 Katherine Street, Ashton-Under-Lyne, OL6 7AS

For more information please contact us on:  

The  Anthony Seddon Fund

Location: Ashton

We are a small mental health charity passionate about helping local people living with mental illness and its effects. We advance awareness and educate the general public, in particular children and young people, in all areas relating to mental health and well-being. We aim to improve the quality of life of those affected by mental health issues, their families, friends and carers, in Tameside by promoting and protecting their physical and mental health through support, education, practical advice and provisions of financial assistance. Our work is conducted alongside a wide variety of other organisations and agencies, to help us to meet these objectives. We are run entirely by unpaid volunteers. The vast majority have lived experience of mental illness, or are actively caring for someone who has. Our charity shop and well-being centre are based centrally in Ashton-Under-Lyne, Tameside. 

  • Telephone:  0161 376 4439
  • Email: (Please note: this email may not be monitored on a daily basis, please bear with us in replying)
  • 12 George Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL6 6AQ 
  • Visit:

No Panic

Helping you break the chain of anxiety disorders

No Panic is a registered charity which helps people who suffer from Panic Attacks, Phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders and other related anxiety disorders including those people who are trying to give up Tranquillizers.

No Panic also provides support for the carers of people who suffer from anxiety disorders.

Severe anxiety and phobic disorders are a major and widespread problem. Recent surveys indicate that they affect up to 18% of the population of the United Kingdom.

  •  Up to 5 million with Agoraphobia
  •  Up to 1 million with social phobias
  •  Up to 4 million with specific phobias
  •  Up to 2 million with Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder
  •  Up to 2 million on Tranquillizers, many long term

About 75% of anxiety disorder sufferers do not get professional help of any kind.

No Panic specialises in self-help recovery, providing people with the skills they need to manage their condition and work towards recovery, enabling them to lead more fulfilled lives.

All of No Panic’s support services are provided over the telephone to ensure that we can reach more sufferers regardless of how isolated they are. Also in many areas support services for mental health are very poor and not easily accessible for many sufferers.

Each year our helpline answers 75,000 calls per year with approximately 50% of that number not being able to get through due to call volume. In order to keep up with the increasing demand for our services it is essential that No Panic find a minimum of 40 new volunteers to train and work on our helpline each year, as well as to delivery our telephone support services.

  • Youth Helpline: 0330 606 1174
  • Helpline: 0844 967 4848
  • Crisis Number: 01952 680835
  • Office Number: 01952 680460
  • Email:

The Mix

Life’s tough, we know that. It can throw a lot your way and make it hard to know what the hell to do with it all.

So, welcome to The Mix. Whether you’re 13, 25, or any age in between, we’re here to take on the embarrassing problems, weird questions, and please-don’t-make-me-say-it-out-loud thoughts you have. We give you the information and support you need to deal with it all. Because you can. Because you’re awesome.

We’ll connect you to experts and your peers who’ll give you the support and tools you need to take on any challenge you’re facing – for everything from homelessness to finding a job, from money to mental health, from break-ups to drugs.

We’re a free and confidential multi-channel service. That means that you choose how you access our support, without the worry of anyone else finding out. Whether it be through our articles and video content online or our phone, email, peer to peer and counselling services – we put the control in your hands. You can even volunteer with us too. We want to be the first place young people turn to get support. Sometimes what you’re told at school or at home just doesn’t cut it. We’re here whenever you need us, wherever you are. We can ensure you have all the best information to make the right choices for yourself.

Life is hard, but support doesn’t have to be. We’ve got this.

Looking for advice or support?

If you’re under 25 and need help call our helpline for FREE on 0808 808 4994. You can also speak to our trained helpline supporters on our one to one chat serviceThe Mix’s team will be able to connect you with a range of services to help you with your query.


Men Heal

We are a mental health organisation aimed at men. However we are also interested in creating dialog with women who know a man who has suffered or currently suffers from a mental health issue.

The suicide rate for men is up to three times higher than for women, and with Robin Williams recent suicide (I’m writing this a few days after on 19th August 2014), I feel driven to set up this website to reach out to men who are suffering from depression or anxiety.

Self Injury Support

  • Our aims
  • To offer support to women in emotional distress, and particularly to those who self-injure.

  • To develop services, and raise awareness of self-injury and mental health issues, through training and providing information.

We have carried out a lot of research into the experiences and needs of women who self-injure. As well as helping to shape our own services, this work has also helped people:

  • get a better understanding of self-injury; and
  • find the best ways of working with people who self-injure.

We have also written ‘good practice guidelines’ for working with people who self-injure.


How we work:

Self injury Support is run by a management group. TESS and our Women’s Self-injury Helpline are staffed by volunteers, who receive full training and support for their work. Volunteers work alongside paid workers in carrying out many aspects of the organisation’s work.

Life Signs - Self-injury Guidance & Network Support

LifeSIGNS (Self-Injury Guidance & Network Support) is an online, user-led voluntary organisation, founded in 2002 to create understanding about self-injury and provide information and support to people of all ages affected by self-injury. We recognise self-injury and self-harm as a way of coping with distressing experiences and difficult emotions, and we encourage people to reflect on the issues behind their self-injury, and to develop and explore alternative coping mechanisms.
LifeSIGNS is managed and led by people with personal experience of self-injury, and we are non-judgemental, non-directional, and respectful of our members’ and visitors’ life experiences and perceptions. The LifeSIGNS website is the centre of our vibrant community, and provides access to all of our services.
We aim to support all people who are affected in anyway by self-injury within the United Kingdom and beyond. We support people using self-injury, and family and friends of people who self-injure, and professionals (including health care workers) who are interested in self-injury.

Calm Zone

  • Offering support to men in the UK, of any age, who are down or in crisis via our helpline, webchat and website
  • Challenging a culture that prevents men seeking help when they need it, through CALMzine and campaigns such as #ManDictionaryand #BiggerIssues
  • Pushing for changes in policy and practice so that suicide is better prevented, via partnerships such as The Alliance of Suicide Prevention Charities (TASC), the National Suicide Prevention Alliance(NSPA)
  • Supporting those bereaved by suicide, through the Support After Suicide Partnership (SASP), hosted by CALM, which aims to ensure that everyone bereaved or affected by suicide is offered and receives timely and appropriate support
  • CALM is about, for and on behalf of men. We use young men’s peers, their voices and interests to reach them. We seek to work with clubs, venues and brands with voices that men respect, feel comfortable with and trust to get our message across.
  • We believe that there is a cultural barrier preventing men from seeking help as they are expected to be in control at all times, and failure to be seen as such equates to weakness and a loss of masculinity.We believe that if men felt able to ask for and find help when they need it then hundreds of male suicides could be prevented.
  • We’re a campaign for all men, not just ‘service users’. All of us, at one time or another and regardless of gender, can hit a crisis and so we could all do with support when things get tough.

Minds Matter

​Minds Matter is a step 1 Mental Health provision that helps with everyday issues that affect mental wellbeing.

We support people aged 16 or over who either live in Tameside and Glossop and/or are registered with a T&G.
GP whose low mood and anxiety are caused primarily by social issues, these could include debt, loneliness and isolation.

We have a team of Mental Wellbeing Practitioners, Peer Support Workers and Counsellors who can help people accessing the service to manage and overcome their difficulties through guided self-help and/or peer support. We provide counselling around adjustment to loss, such as bereavement, relationship or employment.

We can help you to:
– Address current problems
– Gain a new understanding of your difficulties and develop new ways of coping
– Make positive changes in your life
– Talk about your difficulties in a non-judgemental and supportive environment

Services provided:
The following online workshops are available:
  • Preparing for Therapy
  • Overcoming Worry
  • Building Confidence
  • Five Ways to  Wellbeing
  • Sleep
We also provide weekly coffee mornings on a Thursday at 11am
And 30 mins Wellbeing Chats.
To join in any of these activities - please call: 0161 470 6100
Address: 216-218, Katherine Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, Tameside. OL6 7AS

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0161 342 4260