Mental Health

Adults Mental Health Services

Thinking Ahead, which replaces Healthy Minds, provides help with everyday issues that affect your mental wellbeing and provides professional support for more common mental health difficulties, such as anxiety and depression. The service is available to people over the age of 16 years who are registered with a GP in the Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale areas.

You can call Thinking Ahead directly on: 01706 751 180

You can also access the Thinking Ahead service by completing their online form so they can get in touch with you directly. They are open Monday – Friday, 8:30am to 5:30pm (excluding Bank Holidays).

Please note: this service is unlikely to be suitable for you if you are at immediate or imminent risk to yourself or others but the following alternatives are available:

The Sanctuary: 0300 003 7029. Overnight mental health crisis line, from 8pm – 6am (for clients over 18 years old only).

The Samaritans: Freephone 116 123. 24 hours each day, every day. Talk to them any time you like, in your own way, and off the record about whatever’s getting to you.

CALM (for males): call 0800 58 58 58 or use the web-chat at: (5pm – midnight).

PAPYRUS: call 0800 068 41 41 or text 07786 209 697. For children, teenagers or young people up to age 35: (Mon-Fri: 10am-10pm, Weekend: 2pm-10pm, bank holidays: 2pm-5pm).

Silverline: 0800 470 8090. This is for people over 55 years.

A&E: Open 24 hours each day, every day.

You can also visit the following websites for further help and support:

Under 18’s Mental Health Services


#Thrive is a brand new service for children and young people aged up to 19 years who are experiencing emotional health and wellbeing issues (e.g. feeling stressed, worried or not being able to enjoy things. It is available for all those who live or are registered with a doctor in the Rochdale Borough (which includes Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale).

As well as providing the more traditional types of support, such as one-to-one or group counselling sessions, the service aims to provide lots of other support aids, such as general lifestyle advice including how to maintain a healthy diet, increase your social and physical activities. They can also help by signposting you to sports, drama, music and arts groups. #Thrive can also provide advice to parents, carers and anyone that works with a child or young person.

If you would like some help or support or just have a question, you can currently contact #Thrive from Monday to Friday between 9 am and 5pm via the following options:

Tel: 0161 716 2844

Fax: 0207 019 7418

Alternatively, you can visit their webpage 24/7 at:

In the very near future you will be able to ask for support via an online system and they will also be opening a new central hub based in Rochdale, which has been named by previous users of the service: “Around the Corner”. This will be friendly, informal and welcoming and there will be a café where you can pop into chat with staff. If you are unable to make it to Rochdale, there will be sessions at venues across the borough – please contact Thrive for more details.


Kooth is a new online service, which provides safe and anonymous online support for young people between 11 and 25 years old. Online help is available daily at the following times: Monday to Friday from 12pm to10pm and Saturday and Sunday from 6pm to10pm. To register, please visit their website at the following address:

Addiction Services


The renaissance team are the single point of contact for people (over 18) living in Rochdale Borough who need support with issues affecting their health and wellbeing. This could include drugs and alcohol, low level mental health problems and homelessness amongst others. If you are unsure where to get help from they can assist by signposting you and referring you to the most appropriate services for your needs. They also offer advice to people who are indirectly affected such as concerned family or friends or professionals working with a client

To access Renaissance you can: call them on 01706 924883 (Monday to Thursday 9.00 am to 5.00 p. and Friday 9.00 am); call into the office (Renaissance House, 72 Drake Street Rochdale, OL16 1PY – Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 12.00 pm and 12.30pm to 4.00 pm) or email them at:

You can also find information on their webpage: