Accessing mental health support

If you're looking for support for your mental health and wellbeing, there are a range of organisations and and services that can help you.
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Do you need to speak to someone right now?

If you're having thoughts about harming yourself or ending your life, it's important you speak to someone as soon as possible. There is urgent support available:

  • Wigan mental health urgent response team - 0800 051 3253 (24/7 mental health crisis line for people of all ages in Wigan)
  • The Samaritans - 116123 (24 hours a day, 365 days a year)
  • Papyrus HOPEline UK (for young people) - 0800 068 4141, 9am - midnight every day of the year (weekends and Bank Holidays included) or text 07786 209697
  • CALM Helpline (for men) - 0800 58 58 58

You can also book an emergency appointment with your doctor, call 111. or if you feel your life is at risk, go to A&E or contact 999.

Support for adults

Support for young people

  • 24/7 mental health crisis line - 01942 636395
  • LINC2 Survival Guide - a council resource for the borough’s young people, providing guidance to those who need it on a range of issues. These include education, friendships and relationships, staying safe, learning about the dangers of drugs and alcohol and much more
  • Willow Project - a registered charity, supporting children and young people aged 6-19 and their families who are affected by mental health and emotional issues
  • PAPYRUS UK (national charity preventing young suicide. They offer support to young people across the country via their HOPEline) - 0800 068 41 41
  • Young Minds (charity dedicated to young people’s mental health. They provide support to young people across the UK and to parents with concerns) - Text YM to 85258 / parents can phone 0808 802 5544
  • Kooth - free online counselling for 11-18 year olds, chat forums and self-help information
  • Childline (free 24-hour helpline for children and young people) - 0800 1111

  • SHOUT 24/7 confidential test service (support for individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, abuse or assault, self-harm, bullying or relationship issues) - Text 85258

For more information about local mental health services, visit the Wigan Council website:

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