Mental Health

Help with Mental Health


This free text messaging helpline is a private, silent and trusted way for anyone 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.

It’s easy to use

  • You don’t need an app or data
  • There’s no registration process
  • It’s silent and won’t appear on your phone bill
  • Confidential and anonymous.

It’s provided by trained volunteer staff supported by clinical supervisors

Just text the relevant keyword for where you live:

  • Text GMManchester to 85258
  • Text GMOldham to 85258

Getting Help and Support

If you are distressed or experiencing feelings of despair - get help now.

  • Is there someone you can call - family or a friend?
  • Is there a neighbour who can help?

If you or anyone else is in immediate danger or harm then please call the Police or Ambulance Service on 999.

In Crisis

If you find that your distress is out of control, you can contact any of the crisis numbers listed below:

Contact out of hours GP: ‘Go to Doc’ 0161 336 3252

Accident & Emergency: Attendance in person, 24 hours each day, every day

The NHS 111 ServiceYou can dial 111 for advice and support about what to do in a mental health crisis and they will direct you to the most helpful service.

Emergency Social Services: 0161 770 6936 - Call in the event of unexpected major problem within the home or family.

Papyrus: A voluntary organisation supporting teenagers and young adults who are feeling suicidal. 0800 068 4141 Txt: 07786209697. E: (Mon­ - Fri 09:00am -10:00pm 2:00pm – 10:00pm weekends. 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm Bank Holidays).

The Samaritans: Free phone 116 123. Offering confidential, emotional support 24 hours each day every day. You can also email

SANE:  runs a national, out-of-hours mental health helpline offering specialist emotional support to anyone affected by mental illness, including friends, family and carers. Open every day of the year from 4.30pm – 10.30pm. 0300 304 700 (local rate)

Calm: Offering support to men of any age, who are in crisis via their helpline, webchat and website. 5pm – midnight 365 days a year. 0800 58 58 58. Web –

Silver Line: Older people can call 0800 4 70 80 90 for free, confidential information, friendship and advice.

Homelessness Advice Team:  22 Union Street, Oldham OL1 1BE.  Tel: 0161 393 7117 (daytime)   0800 988 7061(out of hours)

Oldham Independent Domestic Violence Advisors: Offers support and advice to anyone experiencing domestic or sexual violence T: 0161 770 5557 Mon - Fri 09.30- 4.30pm. 24 hr helpline 0808 2000 247. Homelessness section 0161 770 4555 Emergency Housing 0800 988 7061.

Hub of Hope: This is a national mental health database that shows all the support that’s available in your local area:

Shining a light on Suicide: This website aims to support anyone who is thinking about suicide or who has been affected by it.