Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, and Chair of the Health and Social Care Partnership, Sir Richard Leese have announced an agreement for a new city-region response on mental health to complement work already happening at a local level. Find out more.
Getting Help line
The Getting Help line is a confidential service for residents of all ages in Bury who are experiencing difficulties with their mental wellbeing.
Run by the voluntary sector organisation Early Break, experienced call handlers offer support for non-urgent issues by giving advice, guidance and signposting to local (non-clinical) services to meet your needs.
Call: 0161 464 3679, Monday to Saturday (8am to 8pm)
Shout aims to make it easier for people to find and receive mental health support – anytime, day or night.
People from Bury can simply and confidentially communicate with trained crisis volunteers (supported by clinical supervisors) by text message, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, simply by texting GMBury to 85258.
Advice is available for anyone struggling with a host of issues, including anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, abuse or assault, self-harm, bullying or relationship issues.
The service is confidential, free, and won’t show up on phone bills.
Find out more about Shout here
Greater Manchester Bereavement Service
Support is available to anyone within Greater Manchester, bereaved or affected by a death. No one needs to feel alone as they deal with their grief.
If you’ve been bereaved and need support or advice, call the Greater Manchester Bereavement Service on 0161 983 0902 or visit the website here.
Silver Cloud offers free access to online therapy to help to ease stress, improve sleep and build resilience.
The Silver Cloud digital mental health platform is for people aged 16+ and provides extra support and help for those who may be feeling stressed and anxious.
Each programme uses proven methods, including cognitive behavioural therapy, and all information entered is anonymous, confidential and secure.
Silver Cloud can be accessed by people with existing mental health issues, as well as anyone who may be struggling due to social distancing and self-isolation restrictions.
NEW: A new supported version of Silver Cloud is now available for people from Bury aged 16+. Bury Healthy Minds, run by Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, is now offering more intensive support for people with low mood, anxiety or stress, using ‘Silver Cloud’. There are a number of online modules which aim to help people learn new ways of thinking and behaving, to improve their mental health and emotional wellbeing. People will be regularly supported by a qualified therapist as they work through the online modules, which are based on proven methods such as cognitive behavioural therapy. Sign up for the supported version of Silver Cloud via the Pennine Care website.
Living Life to the Full
Boost your wellbeing, online for free with help from Living Life to The Full. This online course can help you with improving feelings, beating stress and boosting your ability to live well.
There are a number of courses to choose from to help with things like low mood and stress, as well as other common life difficulties.
If you are looking to improve your confidence, sleep better or feel less stress, this may be the course for you.
Find out more here.
For children and young people
Children and young people in Bury can now access free online counselling and emotional well-being support through Kooth. The Kooth online counselling and emotional wellbeing platform is available to any young person who may be struggling with their mental health during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Kooth is for young people aged 11-18 and offers a variety of resources, including:
- A live chat function that allows young people to contact a qualified counsellor
- Chat forums with other young people
- Crisis information
- Self help resources
Kooth provides information and support along with treatment for children and young people with a range of mental health problems. Scheduled and drop in counselling sessions are available 365 days a year and include slots in the evenings and at weekends.
To find out more and sign up to use Kooth, go to kooth.com