The pandemic has put everyone under strain, whether you live with a mental health issue already or not, and it’s perfectly normal to feel worried, anxious and fed up. If you’re worried about your mental health or that of someone you know, there is lots of help out there. Please reach out and don’t struggle on your own.
There’s mental health support in Salford for you or someone you are concerned about or the mental health charity Mind has lots of information including some of the common feelings and issues that have arisen during the pandemic and tips on working through the pandemic, how to support young people, where to get treatment and useful contacts and how to cope with loneliness.
All children and young people in Salford can now access free online counselling and emotional well-being support. It is available to any young person who may be struggling with their mental health, particularly during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Kooth is for young people aged 11-18 and offers a variety of resources, including:
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 at evenings and weekends.
This easy to use free text messaging helpline is a private, silent and trusted way, for people experiencing mental health challenges to find a safe space to seek help and support. You can send a text message any time of day or night wherever you are – every conversation is with a human being.
Text GMSalford to 85258 to start a conversation with a crisis volunteer.
SilverCloud offers online programmes for adults (16 years+) to help ease your levels of stress, sleep better or to build resilience.
You can choose to use any of the programmes. They are self-help, confidential and secure.
To find out more visit the SilverCloud section on the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership website.