Stockport leaders urge residents to look after their emotional wellbeing and mental health as pandemic response continues

This World Mental Health Day, leaders have urged residents and workers to take advantage of local support for emotional wellbeing/mental health as the COVID-19 response continues.

This World Mental Health Day, political, business, and health leaders in the borough have urged residents and workers in Stockport to take full advantage of local support for emotional wellbeing and mental health as the COVID-19 response continues.

Stockport offers a range of easily accessible support options, either online, or over the phone, and in some cases face to face. The options include the recently re-named Togetherall, formerly known as the Big White Wall, which provides an online platform that offers a range of programmes to support anyone who may be feeling low. The platform has seen almost 170 people use the service since it launched locally in April 2020.

The Open Door Safe Haven have now opened a physical space which can be accessed 7 days a week for support, providing a listening ear, practical advice and referral into specialist services to anyone struggling with how they feel or in distress. Drop by at 72-74 Prince’s Street or call the 24/7 helpline on: 0800 138 7276
Similarly, the Samaritans offer phone or e-mail support any time of the day or night.

For young people, kooth.com provide a professional online counselling and emotional wellbeing support option. Local Stockport support services for children and young people can also be reached through one central number at the Emotional Wellbeing Hub.

Cllr Elise Wilson, Leader of Stockport Council, said: “2020 has undoubtedly been one of the most challenging years– certainly in the lifetimes of most of us – and it is heart-warming to see how well the community has come together in response.

“You never know when someone is struggling. There is help available, you're not alone.”

Cllr Jude Wells, Cabinet Member for Adult Care & Health, said: “One of the key aspects of emotional wellbeing and mental health is that even if someone doesn’t want to reach out to a local service, there’s a lot we can all do to ensure that we support those around us.

“Calling someone to say ‘hi’, listening and being responsive to their needs, to remaining patient, all these things can make a big difference to someone who is not feeling okay.”

Part of the pandemic response has been standing up the One Stockport campaign, which has seen Council, partners, and the borough community working together to build back better.

Dr Simon Woodworth, Medical Director at the NHS Stockport CCG, said: “Don’t be embarrassed to ask for help - there are many mental health and wellbeing organisations in Stockport that will offer you support. This can be online or talking on the phone about the issues you are struggling with, or accessing other support.

“Togetherall is a really helpful starting point, it’s safe, anonymous and is available twenty-four hours a day - you simply sign up and use the tools on offer.”

Steve Oliver, musicMagpie CEO, said: “Many people have experienced significant changes to their daily lives as a result of the pandemic. While we are being encouraged to work from home for example, there are benefits of this, but it also causes significant challenges for some.

“I’d encourage any employee to ensure they reach out and speak to someone if they are experiencing mental health and emotional issues as a result of changes to their working practices, or for any other reason. There will always be support there for you whether that be from your employer, or from wider local services.”

If you want to explore options of support for yourself or others, visit the Council website.

For more information on the One Stockport campaign visit the One Stockport website.

For more information, visit the World Mental Health Day website.