Mental Health Resources

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT). For those experiencing “mild to moderate” mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. Also specific phobias, PTSD, OCD etc. They are usually self referral, many will take online as well as telephone referrals. You should be guaranteed an assessment within six weeks, usually telephone but waits for treatment can vary and can be lengthy.

Eastern Cheshire
Central Cheshire

The Self Help Services website has information about services and support local to your area. Use the search function here:

Please note these are not “crisis” services although there will often be a clinician available to speak to for advice. If you are in crisis and/ or feel you can’t keep yourself safe you should contact your GP for an emergency appointment or attend A&E.

General mental health advice and support is available from the following:

  • NHS Self Help Booklets
    Self help booklets on the following subjects: Abuse, Alcohol, Anxiety, Bereavement, Anger, Depression and low mood, Domestic Violence, Eating Disorder, Food for Thought, Health Anxiety, Hearing voices and disturbing beliefs, Obsessions and Compulsions, Panic, Post Traumatic Stress, Post Natal, Self Harm, Social Anxiety, Sleep Problems, Stress, Prison anxiety, Prisoner depression, Prisoner PTSD, Depression & low mood: Guide for Partners
    Advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. Lots of good information and resources
  • SANE
    SANE is a leading UK mental health charity. We work to improve the quality of life for anyone affected by mental illness
  • Samaritans   Tel 116123 (free call)
    Charity dedicated to reducing feelings of isolation and disconnection that can lead to suicide. Support via phone, email, SMS, letter, face to face at one of our local branches. We're here 24/7, before, during and after a crisis. Every life lost to suicide is a tragedy, and Samaritans’ vision is that fewer people die by suicide
  • Stay Safe
    Support for people feeling suicidal videos and advice about making a safety plan to prevent suicide
    National charity offering support for those experiencing stress, anxiety or anxiety based depression.

More specific support:

ABUSE – inc. childhood, domestic violence, rape

  • NAPAC    0808 801 0331
    National Association for People Abused in Childhood is the UK’s leading national charity offering support to adult survivors of all types of childhood abuse, including physical, sexual and emotional abuse and neglect. Useful Reading Resources.
    Support for male victims of rape and sexual abuse
  • RASASC  
    Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre (Cheshire & Merseyside) is a registered charity that aims to provide crucial specialist support, independent advocacy, counselling, help and information, for those affected by rape, sexual assault and/or abuse - a free of charge service delivered in a safe and non-threatening environment. Information and helpline. Although this is specific to Cheshire and Merseyside RASASC also have branches in other areas of the country.
    Support for victims of domestic abuse.


  • Child Death Helpline    0800 282 986
    The Child Death Helpline aims to provide a quality freephone service to anyone affected by the death of a child of any age. Callers to the helpline might be parents, grandparents, siblings, other family members, friends or involved professionals.
  • The Lullaby Trust   : 0808 802 6868
    Support to anyone affected by the sudden and unexpected death of a baby or young toddler
  • Child Bereavement UK  0800 02 888 40
    Supporting those affected by baby death, miscarriage or stillbirth.
  • Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS)   0300 111 5065
    Helpline and support for people affected by suicide.
  • Support After Suicide
    Information and advice, supporting someone affected by suicide or who has witnessed a suicide, support for siblings.


  • THE MIX  0808 808 4994
    “The Mix is the UK’s leading support service for young people. We are here to help you take on any challenge you’re facing- from mental health to money, from homelessness to finding a job, from break-ups to drugs. Talk to us viw online, social or our free confidential helpline.”
    We offer our service across Cheshire East and Staffordshire Moorlands. We have numerous bases located across these areas, our largest being in Congleton. Our other bases are located in Crewe, Biddulph, and Leek. We work with children and young people aged 11+ in Cheshire East and from the ages of 4 to 18 in Staffordshire Moorlands. We also offer support for parents in Cheshire East who have children under the age of 11.
    Information, support and counselling for young people ( 12-25) living in Macclesfield


  • Al- Anon (local groups)
    Al-Anon Family Groups provide support to anyone whose life is, or has been, affected by someone else’s drinking, regardless of whether that person is still drinking or not. For some of our members, the wounds still run deep, even if their loved one may no longer be a part of their lives or has died see website for local groups
  • Alcoholics Anonymous  0800 917 7650
    Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
  • Gamblers Anonymous
  • Frank  Honest information about drugs


  • OCD-UK 
    The national OCD charity, run by and for people with lived experience of OCD. Topics: what is OCD? Types of OCD, what is exposure response prevention
  • Reality Check
    Macclesfield support group for OCD sufferers and their families. Local meetings on the last Tuesday of every month (contact for current location details). Open to all living in the Cheshire & Greater Manchester area.


  • Men’s Sheds 
    Men’s Sheds (or Sheds) are similar to garden sheds – a place to pursue practical interests at leisure, to practice skills and enjoy making and mending. The difference is that garden sheds and their activities are often solitary in nature while Men’s Sheds are the opposite. They’re about social connections and friendship building, sharing skills and knowledge, and of course a lot of laughter. There are several established in Greater Manchester.
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