20 May 2020 11:05
Published by: Scott Callan

People across Stockport are being encouraged to share information about several new emotional wellbeing and mental health services launched recently - including the Big White Wall.

The call comes during Mental Health Awareness Week, which this year has the theme of ‘kindness’.

Stockport Councilis urging people to share information which it says can make a big difference to many people “not feeling okay”.

Since launching on April 14, the Big White Wall has seen more than100 registrations and 330 log-ins, meaning people 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 https://www.kooth.com/

SilverCloud, which offers several online programmes to help ease stress levels, improve sleep or build resilience, and is available at https://gm.silvercloudhealth.com/signup/

• 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)

Stockport Council leader 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."

he 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 https://greater-manchester-bereavement-service.org.uk/

For more information on services recently launched in Greater Manchester, visit https://www.greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk/news/new-mental-health-services-for-people-affected-by-social-restrictions/

For other services available to Stockport residents, visit the regularly updated coronavirus emotional wellbeing and mental health support webpage at www.stockport.gov.uk/wellbeingcoronavirus

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