The Sanctuary: 24-hour mental health crisis support for Stockport residents

2020 update – this page was created in 2017, but we have noticed lots of recent traffic to here. The Sanctuary is no longer operating, but the new Open Door service (via Making Space, Stockport CCG and Mental Health Matters) offers similar support. Please click here for more information on that. 

Following the success of its mental health crisis services, Self Help have been commissioned for The Sanctuary, which provides 24-hour support for local residents who are experiencing anxiety, panic attacks, depression, suicidal thoughts or are in crisis.

Sanctuary card - Manchester areas - Nov 2016 (social media)

The Sanctuary is a 24-hour service offering a telephone crisis line during the day, from 6am – 8pm, alongside a night time service, from 8pm – 6am, when people can also attend in person.

The Sanctuary provides support, in a non-clinical environment, where people can speak to trained Self Help staff who have experience of living with a mental health difficulty.

People can access the service by calling The Sanctuary on 0300 003 7029. Following a conversation with trained staff, people will then be offered telephone support or they will be invited to go to The Sanctuary for one-to-one support overnight, between 8pm – 6am.

The Sanctuary provides an important alternative to people who, in the past, have gone to A&E services when experiencing a mental health crisis.

This service is available to adults (aged 18+) registered with a GP in Manchester, Trafford, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Glossop, Bolton, Wigan and Leigh.

Please note: as a primary care mental health service, they cannot accept referrals from people with severe and enduring mental health issues.