As Mental Health Awareness Week begins, Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham is backing a new initiative to raise awareness of the support available for mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak.
A Greater Manchester wide programme of new digital services and online support was launched in early April to help anyone who may be struggling with their mental health during the ongoing pandemic.
The new support package includes:
Shout: a 24/7 free crisis text messaging service
Silver Cloud: online self-help services
Kooth: online counselling and emotional well-being support for children and young people
Living Life To The Full: delivers online courses for people affected by low mood, anxiety or depression
Helplines have also been set up for each borough in Greater Manchester to connect people with practical support from the voluntary sector or local health services, or, alternatively, calls can be made to NHS 111.
This new initiative is part of a wider call for Greater Manchester residents to ‘join together for our mental health,’ focusing on the idea that social distancing doesn’t have to stop communities joining together to support one another. Joining together will help people to stay healthy, safe and well, and able to play their part in stopping the spread of coronavirus.
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