Looking after your mental health and wellbeing | Looking after your mental health and wellbeing | Oldham Council

On this page you will find information about the support that is on offer to help you take care of your mental health.

You may be feeling anxious, lonely or stressed, however there is lots of support available to help you improve your mental wellbeing and feel happier and healthier.

Urgent support

If you feel unable to cope there are organisations that can help you get support right away:


The leading mental health charity Mind offer support to better manage your mental health.

The pandemic has affected many of us, Mind offer lots of practical things you can try to improve your wellbeing:

Mind - Youth in mind

If you are a young person who wants to get involved in your community, The Hive offers a range of activities to help you do this.

  • Phone: 0161 330 9223


Kooth allows you to join an online mental wellbeing community discussion board, chat, write a daily journal and read articles.


If you want support for your child’s mental health, ‘This May Help’ has advice.

SilverCloud Health

If you are struggling to sleep, SilverCloud offers online programmes to help reduce your levels of stress and sleep better. These programmes are like those you would complete with a therapist, except you can go through them on your own, at your own speed.

You can sign up for the courses now at:

Support for parents who have vulnerable children aged 8–18

If you feel worried or anxious about yourself or your child, support is available from Maggie Holland, the Health and Wellbeing Coordinator at Mahdlo.

Email Maggie directly at: 

Maggie.Holland@mahdloyz.org for support with:

  • Worries about school or college
  • One to one support for the young person or parent/carer
  • Help to get mental health support

Oldham Opportunity Area

If you would like to read about wellbeing, lots of useful information for professionals, parents and young people can be found at Oldham Opportunity Area.


You might find Mindfulness helps you become calmer. Mindfulness helps you learn to notice what's happening in the present moment.

By learning to be ‘present’ you can become calm and focussed.

It can take some practice, but it’s a good way of boosting your wellbeing and helping you to achieve your goals.

Here are some great free resources to get you started:


Use free guided meditations on their website and YouTube channel, or by downloading the free app on your phone  

The Free Mindfulness Project

The Free Mindfulness Project brings together 100's of free mindfulness videos, audios and other resources all in one place:


If you want to check your mood, MoodZone is an NHS resource which includes an assessment tool to check this, and audio guides to boost your wellbeing and manage stress and anxiety. 

Healthy Minds – Talking Therapies

To help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave, Healthy Minds Oldham offer cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) which is a talking therapy.

CBT is used to treat anxiety and depression, but can be useful for other mental and physical health problems.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

If your child is experiencing mental health and emotional wellbeing difficulties you can get help through CAMHS.

Covid Alcohol Awareness

If your alcohol intake has risen dramatically during the Covid pandemic to help relieve stress and anxiety, you can get help.

Details of the help available are shown on the Oldham Council website.

GM Health Hub

Get free online courses designed to improve your feelings, beat stress and boost your ability to live well.

Older residents

If you are an older resident, there is a guide to help you keep well while at home.

Oldham Age UK

Daily wellbeing calls

If you are interested in receiving daily calls from a volunteer at Oldham Age UK, contact them on the number below.

  • Phone: 0161 622 9252 (Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm)

Befriending and wellbeing

Age UK also support older residents by making regular telephone calls to local people here in Oldham. This could include a friendly chat or catch-up to check on general welfare. It could also include making sure you have essential supplies and providing you with general information and reassurance.

  • Phone 0161 633 0213 (9am–4pm, Monday to Friday).

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