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Older People's mental wellbeing campaign

We know that many people across Greater Manchester are struggling with their mental health alone.

Whether you are feeling anxious, sad, lonely, grieving, or depressed, help is out there.

Don't brush it under the carpet

The first step to feeling better is to talk to someone, it could be a loved one, a health professional or a neighbour.

Whatever your age and however you might be feeling, this campaign has been set up to highlight that you aren’t alone in how you are feeling and help you take the first steps to getting the right support and guidance.

Things you can do to help improve how you are feeling

  • Talk to someone

Tell a friend, family member or someone you trust how you are feeling.

  • Speak to your GP

Your GP can arrange for you to receive support from the right services. If you need support out of hours call NHS 111

  • Join an online community

Join Mind’s online community Side by Side, it’s an online space where you can listen, share and be heard. Visit sidebyside.mind.org.uk

  • Call the Samaritans on 116 123

Whatever you are going through, a Samaritan will face it with you. They are there 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

  • Call your local 24/7 Mental Health Helpline

Pennine Care 0800 014 9995 for Stockport, Tameside and Glossop, Oldham, HMR, Bury

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust 0800 953 0285 for Bolton, Salford, Trafford and City of Manchester

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust 0800 051 3253 for Wigan

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Useful links

Please find below some useful links to services, support and advice to help with your mental wellbeing

Find support services

Below is a list of support services to help you with your mental wellbeing

Age UK

Wide range of services for older people including telephone friendship and befriending service.

Battle Scars

Battle Scars help those who struggle with self-harm by running easy-to-access peer support groups, with a similar group for their families. Their worldwide, all-ages Facebook group offers around-the-clock peer support for anybody needing help.

Every Mind Matters

Expert advice and practical tips to help improve your mental health and wellbeing.


Harmless is a social enterprise which delivers a range of self harm and mental health focused activities to thousands, in the pursuit of recovery for all.

Let's Talk Loneliness

Tips and support to help people keep connected, including a calendar to help people keep connected this winter.

LGBT Foundation

Support, advice and information for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities across Greater Manchester. It also runs Rainbow Brew Buddies, a befriending service for LGBTQ+ people.

Men’s Sheds

A place to meet like-minded people and someone to share your worries with. Aims to reduce isolation and help men deal with mental health challenges.


A national mental health charity that offers support and empowers anyone experiencing poor mental health, campaigns to improve services, raises awareness and promotes understanding.


Advice and where to get support for people struggling with feeling lonely.


Call the Samaritans on 116 123, they are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.


A confidential, free helpline for older people that is open 24/7 providing information, advice and friendship.


Qwell offers free, safe and anonymous mental wellbeing support for adults across the UK. They offer online messaging support, peer to peer forums and a range of tools and content.


Psychological treatments, including cognitive behaviour therapy, are effective in treating anxiety and depression and are often recommended first, particularly for mild to moderate anxiety and depression. You can refer yourself to a local team.

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Support the campaign

We need your help to spread awareness of this campaign. We’ve produced a ‘Don’t Brush It Under The Carpet’ campaign toolkit to help organisations across Greater Manchester to support the campaign and share content across their networks and within their channels.