Stockport residents taking positive steps to improve their emotional wellbeing

This Mental Health Awareness Week, residents are encouraged to share within their community information about new emotional wellbeing and mental health services launched recently.

The theme of the week is 'kindness', and the sharing of information can make a big difference to many people not feeling okay.

Since launching on 14 April 2020, the Big White Wall has seen over 100 registrations and 330 logins, meaning Stockport residents are taking positive steps to improve their emotional wellbeing and mental health during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

The service offers 24/7 anonymous support via a digital platform, peer support for anyone over the age of 16, and support from trained clinicians alongside a range of helpful tools and resources.

Other services launched recently include:

• A new 24/7 mental health helpline and (currently virtual) safe haven called Open Door, which is for anyone over the age of 18 in Stockport who is struggling and needs to talk to someone (0800 138 7276)
Kooth, an online counselling and emotional wellbeing platform for children and young people aged 11 to 18 years. Visit their website.
SilverCloud, which offers several online programmes to help ease stress levels, improve sleep or build resilience, and is available at on their webpage.
• an Emotional Wellbeing Hub which provides information, advice, and guidance for anyone up to the age of 25 for emotional wellbeing and mental health concerns. Access to this is through the Multi-Agency Safeguarding and Support Hub (MASSH), 0161 217 6028. It's open 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Thursday, and 8.30am to 4.30pm on Friday
The Greater Manchester Bereavement Service, which provides advice and guidance to those who have lost a loved one (0161 983 0902, Mon-Fri 9-5, Wed 9-8pm)

The Leader of Stockport Council, Cllr Elise Wilson, said: "Mental Health Awareness Week provides another opportunity for the community to have a conversation on an issue important to everyone. You may know someone who is struggling and sharing information about these and other services can make a difference to them, not just by showing you care about their wellbeing, but from the simple benefit of that person being aware of a service that they might need."

Cllr Jude Wells, Cabinet Member for Adult Care and Health, said: "The Stockport community has come together to respond to the virus, and I am pleased to hear that over 3,500 people have utilised the dedicated coronavirus helpline since launching on 31 March 2020.

“But I would encourage people who need additional support to take advantage of the Big White Wall and other services if they have not done so already.

“It is OK to not feel OK, particularly during challenging times. Friends and family will want to be there for each other, so do pick up the phone to each other. But even if you don’t think anyone will understand, there are several online or phone or even text options where you will find someone who does, the full details of which are on the Council website.”

The dedicated coronavirus (0161 217 6046) helpline is open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm, Saturdays 10am-4pm, and Bank Holidays from 10am to 4pm.

For more information on the Greater Manchester bereavement service, visit their website.

For more information on services recently launched in Greater Manchester, visit the GMCA webpage.

For other services available to Stockport residents, visit the regularly updated coronavirus emotional wellbeing and mental health support webpage on the Council website.