Here you can find useful groups and societies that can help you with various health needs. Please remember though that the best place to seek support first and foremost is your GP.
Feeling suicidal or worried about someone you know?
There are several things you can do. First of all if you need help urgently then go to your local A&E hospital. There you will be able to see the RAID Team. RAID offer mental health needs and risk assessments following triage to people presenting in the A&E department or urgent care centre and medical wards.
The Number for RAID at Fairfield Hospital is 0161 778 2933
You can also contact your GP or the out of hours GP service. They will have access to the Bury Access and Crisis Team, who act as a single point of access for all referrals into the various mental health services.
Call NHS Direct on 111
If you feel a child is in danger then call Children's Services on 0161 253 5454
If you need to speak to somebody then there are several organisations that have services to consider. These days you can get hold of them not just via the telephone (which can be quite difficult to do when in crisis) but also through email, text and the internet.
If you're under 18 years of age
24 hour mental crisis line (for over 18's only)
MIND - Rochdale and District
They provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.
The Mind Wellbeing Centre
3-11 Drake Street
For people over the age of 55
If you need help with a variety of things like low mood, anxiety, stress, depression and long term illness then you can contact Healthy minds by filling in a self assessment online form and they will contact you. You must be over 16 and registered with a GP in the Bury area.
For ongoing mental health support...
An important part of maintaining good mental health is to use various therapies and techniques that help you de-stress. These can be found through your GP, psychiatrist or privately. Seeing a trained counsellor or therapist can help as talk therapy is fast becoming seen as key to solving mental health issues. Relaxation techniques like Reiki, Yoga, Accupuncture, exercise, art etc.
All of these things can be found in a self referral centre in the centre of Prestwich, by the tram station, call The Creative Living Centre. It is a charity that was founded about 20 years ago and has just moved into it's new building at 1A Rectory Lane, Prestwich, Manchester, M25 1BP.
Below is the new timetable showing the kind of things you can expect to do there. Once you before a member (which is free and just involves an assessment of your needs) you pay £2.50 when you go and you can do just the one class or stay all day and do several classes - all for the one price. Free tea and coffee is available and you can have lunch there for a cheap price too. On Saturdays there are various social events which are open to non members too so you can attend with friends or family members. Counselling and additional therapies, e.g. massage, are available too at the cost of £8 per hour.