Mental Health Support during the COVID-19 Pandemic

We have put together a list of resources to help you through this difficult time, there are lots of fantastic organisations and support services out there to help people with their mental health difficulties during the Covid -19 Pandemic. Below is a list of local Trafford services as well as services for specific groups within our community and also links to self-help resources.

Workbooks/resources/self-help activities:

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust website has lots of links to self- help resources and workbooks/ activities to download for various common mental health problems and post-Covid fatigue :

Overcoming Book series:

Overcoming self-help guides use clinically proven techniques to treat ling-standing and disabling conditions, both psychological and physical. Many guides in the overcoming series are recommended under the Reading Well scheme. Resources are available in the form of the self-help books, audiobooks, and as accompanying apps. The authors are psychologists, psychiatrists, trained therapists and counsellors and each of them is a leading expert in their field. The resources are based on their many years of experiences treating patients :

Trafford Psychological Therapies

Trafford psychological Therapies provides talking therapy for adults of all ages: it is free, confidential, and proven to be effective. Referral is via GP or other healthcare provider or self – referral. We provide talking therapies for those experiencing difficulties with anxiety and depression based presentations.

Trafford eTherapy Service

If you are struggling to cope with anxiety, depression, panic or sleep-related problems, you can access quick and confidential support through our range of online, interactive eTherapy programmes. eTherapy is based on the principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Free Psychotherapy Network

The “Free Psychothrapy Network” is a group of qualified Psychotherapists who provide free/low cost psychotherapy for people on benefits/low incomes. The list of psychotherapists by region is linked here and there are a number of Psychotherapists in the Manchester region. Patients have to make contact with each therapist to find out what their availability is for free/low cost sessions at the moment.

Care Navigation Service

The service, based in Wythenshawe Hospital, supports Trafford residents to navigate health and social care services. The Care Navigators help residents to connect with services organisations and activities in their communities. The service offers support over an 8 week period and anyone living in Trafford can access the service. Residents can either self-refer or be referred by a professional.

Referrals can be made over the phone 0161 291 3659 or over email at :

Cultural/religious resources:

The Muslim Youth Helpline – a national helpline in the UK providing free and confidential faith and culturally sensitive support services targeted at vunerable young people. There is NO age limit for accessing there service. Can call, email or webchat. Call : 0800 808 2008 7 days a week 4-10pm.

The Sikh Helpline – A professional & confidential phone counselling / email inquiry service where you can get help, advice, counselling & info on Sikhism and cultural issues. 24 hours a day 7 days a week. 0845 644 0704 – 07999 004 363.

Jewish Action for Mental Health – An umbrella organisation affiliated with lots of community organisations in Manchester. or call 07510 204 844 and leave a message, someone will get back to you

Catholic Mental Health Project – Supporting the Catholic community to further develop spirtitual and pastoral care for mental health. Links and resources on their website.

LGBTQ+ Resources

LGBT Foundation – Based in Manchester City Centre, The LGBT Foundation offers information, advice, and support services, including Talking Therapies Programme to LGBT people. 0345 330 3030.

Stonewall – Find lGBT mental health services near you using Stonewall’s “what’s in my area?” search box.

Gaysians – Lots of links to different groups/ forums that support South Asisans who identify as LGBT.

Imaan – a charity that supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer or questioning (LGBTQ) Muslims, providing an online forum where people can share experiences and ask for help.

Young People’s Mental Health

YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. They campaign, research and influence policy and practice.

42nd Street is a Greater Manchester charity that supports young people aged 11-25 with their emotional wellbeing and mental health, promoting choice and creativity. Tele 0161 228 7321 Fax: 0161 228 0528. Email :

Kooth – an online counselling service that provides vunerable young people, between the ages of 11 and 25, with advice and support for emotional or mental health problems. offers users a free, confidential, safe and anonymous way to access help.

Papurus Hopeline : This is a specialist telephone service staffed by trained professionals who give non-judgmental support, practical advice and information to children, teenagers and young people up to age of 35 who are worried about how they are feeling or anyone who is concerned about about a young person. Opening Hours : 9am -10pm weekdays / 2-10pm weekends and bank holidays, Tel 0800 068 4141 Text 07786209697 Email :

Childline:  for children and young people under 19 Call 0800 1111 – the number will not show up on your phone bill

The Mix: free information and support for under 25s in the UK – 0808 808 4994

Men’s Mental Health:

CALM (campaign against living miserably) support for men with MH problems and/or feeling suicidal 0800 58 58 58 5pm-Midnight 365 days a year. Also have webchat function on their website.

The Men’s Room is a Manchester-based arts and social support charity that works creatively to empower disadvantaged and marginalised young men aged 18-30. We support male sex workers, homeless men and men involved in the criminal justice system. We offer them opportunities to get involved in high quality arts projects whilst accessing one to one support for challenges they face in their everyday lives.

Domestic Violence helplines:

National Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0808 2000 247 – (run by Refuge)

Womens Aid – for online chat and forums

The Men’s Advice Line, for male domestic abuse survivors – 0808 801 0327 (run by Respect)

Saheli Asian Women’s Project – 0161 945 4187 Mon-Fri 9-5

National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0800 999 5428 (run by Galop)

Money worries:

Money Advice Service: call 0800 138 7777 from Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm

National Debtline: call 0808 808 4000 from Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm

StepChange Debt Charity: call 0800 138 1111 from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

Support lines

Samartians – 116 123

Shout – Shout is the UK’s first free 24/7 text service for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere.  It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help. Text: Shout to 85258 

MindInfoline: 0300 123 3393

This list is NOT exhaustive so if we have missed anything you think we need to include on here for our patients, let us know! Drop us an email at