Good Mental Health

Mental health problems are common – one in four of us will experience them at some point in their lives. Because it is often difficult to talk about these illnesses, we thought it might be useful to provide some references so that you can easily access the information you need.

If you are distressed by any aspects of mental health or addiction, then it makes sense to seek professional help to deal with them as soon as possible.

If you would like to learn more about any of the following conditions please refer to the information leaflets available at or

  • Depression
  • Antidepressants
  • How to cope with suicidal thoughts
  • Schizophrenia
  • Addiction – drugs and alcohol
  • Eating disorders (Anorexia and Bulimia)
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorders
  • Personality Disorders

Local Information and Support

For local support and resources for mental health problems contact MIND in Rochdale on 01706 345264 or at 20 Drake St Rochdale OL16 1NT

Turning Point (also known as Rochdale and Oldham Recovery Service)
Tel: 0300 555 0234

Lifeline Manchester
Lifeline in Greater Manchester offers a range of service including Needle Exchange and a Community Detox Support Service.
Adult Client & Community Detox Services
101-103 Oldham Street, Manchester, Lancashire M4 1LW
Tel:01618 392054

Community Mental Health Services

Rochdale Community Mental Health Team
Tel: 01706 702037

Heywood and Middleton Community Mental Health Team
Tel: 01706 927354

Local Therapy and Counselling

Thinking Ahead provide a range of activities, therapy and counselling for people who are experiencing mental health difficulties. The services offered are tailored to individual needs.

For more information about the services at the centres, contact the following centres or your local community mental health team:

Thinking Ahead 
Tel: 01706 751180

Mental Health in Old Age

Joint teams of medical, nursing and social work staff provide a range of services to older people living a with mental health problems. For example: confusion, depression, anxiety or dementia and their carers.

Services include:

  • Assessing people’s needs
  • Offering treatment
  • Arranging health and social services for people e.g.psychiatric nursing, home care and residential care

MERIT (North)
if you live in Heywood or Middleton.
Tel: 0161 655 4213
Open: 9am-4.45pm Monday-Friday.

MERIT (South)
if you live in the Pennine or Rochdale townships.
Tel: 01706 759877
Open: 9am-4.45pm Monday-Friday

Feeling Desperate?

If you are feeling desperate, try to involve your close family or friends. Remember that your GP may be able to help – tell the reception staff if you need to see someone the same day.

When the surgery is closed you can contact a GP at BARDOC on (0161 763 8292) or attend a hospital Accident and Emergency Department.

There is always someone available to talk at the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90 or see their website at

The local branch is contactable between 9am and 10pm on: 01706 868686 / 0161 633 3377 or at:
5 Caton Street, Rochdale, Manchester OL16 1QJ

Information Links

Making Space
Information and support

Alcoholics Anonymous 
For information about alcohol see or

Provides information and support for those troubled by someone else’s drinking

The Mental Health Act Commission

Manic Depression Fellowship – the Bipolar Association

The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
A directory of counsellors and is searchable by area.

Royal College of Psychiatrists

For young people
Information is available at

and information about drugs at

HYPe (Healthy Young People) Service 

01706 764 764

Mood Swings Support Group

01706 648 588