Mental Health Support

This is a stressful time. The organisations below can offer a range of support and advice.


Operating 24 hours a day, every day of the year – Samaritans are there to talk to you about anything that’s bothering you and is completely confidential. You can call 116 123 free of charge – or if you’d rather not talk over the phone, you can email them or pop in and visit a branch in person.


A national charity that helps support teenagers and young adults under 35 who are feeling suicidal, struggling with suicidal thoughts or are concerned about someone who might be struggling. You can call them on 0800 068 41 14, text them on 07786209697 or email them at


Mental health charity SANE will talk to you about your mental health or mental health of someone you know or support. Call them on 0300 304 7000 from 4.30pm to 10.30pm every day.


The Campaign Against Living Miserably is specifically for men. Open from 5pm to midnight everyday, call 0800 58 58 58 – or contact them via their online chat service.


Switchboard is for LGBT+ people and can be used to talk about any problems or issues you may be struggling with. Call 0300 330 0630 from 10am to 10pm every day, or you can also use their online chat service or email All phone operators identify as LGBT+.Heading


Specifically for children and young people, Childline operate a 24 hour helpline service for you to seek help and advice. Call 0800 1111 for free. And the number doesn’t show up on your phone bill.

Depression Alliance

Although Depression Alliance doesn’t offer a helpline, you can find a range of useful resources and links to relevant help and advice for those dealing with depression.

Andy’s Man Club

New to Manchester, Andy’s Man Club already operates in several locations around England, and is a safe space for males who are struggling with mental health or suicidal thoughts. To attend a local meeting simply check the website for the locations and times of weekly meetings – and turn up. In Manchester, the group meet every Monday at 7pm.

Manchester MIND

Manchester MIND has been around for 30 years. It offers a range of services and support including provide free and impartial advice on welfare benefits, debt and housing to people with mental health needs living in Manchester.

Manchester eTherapy Service

If you are struggling to cope with anxiety, depression, panic or sleep-related problems, you can access quick and confidential support through a range of online, interactive eTherapy programmes at the Manchester eTherapy Service.

Young Minds

We’re leading the fight for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges. We’re here to make sure they get the best possible mental health support and have the resilience to overcome life’s difficulties.


FutureLearn provides a variety of online courses including youth mental health courses to explore and understand the mental health issues that affect young people. With the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, the University of Reading developed the COVID-19: Helping Young People Manage Low Mood and Depression course for young people with low mood and depression and their parents and carers, or anyone who has contact with young people during the coronavirus pandemic.