Mental health support at Christmas

Mental health support at Christmas

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Christmas can be a happy time for some, but for others it can be a difficult time of year.

We’re going to have telephone support available 9.30am-3.30pm on Wednesday 27th, Thursday 28th and Friday 29th December this year, so that people can phone and speak to someone if they’re in need of support over the festive period. The Samaritans are available 24/7 throughout Christmas too – you can phone them on 116 123. Below is a more detailed list of support options.

Our Rendezvous drop-in, where people can enjoy a chat over refreshments, mutual support and board games will still run on Wednesday 27th December but at a different venue than usual –  Quaker Meeting House, 2 Cooper St., Stockport, SK1 3DW. This will be 10am-1pm. Our office will fully reopen on Tuesday 2nd January.

Here are the details of other services’ availability over the festive period:

The Sanctuary – 0300 003 7029 – Open throughout the festive period, 8pm-6am, an overnight crisis service covering Greater Manchester and including Stockport.

The Wellspring – 0161 477 6344 – Providing services to homeless and disadvantaged people throughout the year. Open 10am-2pm on weekdays during Christmas and also 5pm-8pm on Wednesday 27th December.

RAID Team – 0161 419 5795 – A 24-hour service assessing people in mental health crisis.

Stockport Foodbank – 0161 487 3370 – Closed only on Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

The Silver Line – 0808  4 70 80 90 – A helpline for people who are feeling isolated.

Alcoholics Anonymous – 0800 9177 650 – A 24/7 helpline if you’re worried about your own or someone else’s drinking.

NHS – 999 / 111 – 999 for emergencies, 111 for non-emergencies.

Self Help Services – 0161 480 2020 – Open as usual Friday 22nd December. Reopening normal hours Tuesday 2nd January.

SPARC – 0161 429 9744 – Open as usual Friday 22nd December. Closed 25th and 26th December. Open Wednesday 27th December, times to be confirmed. Open Thursday 28th and Friday 29th December, 11am-4pm. Closed Monday 1st January 2018, reopening normal hours Tuesday 2nd January

Women’s Centre – 0161 355 4455 – Open as usual Friday 22nd December. Closed over Christmas, back open 2nd January 2018 normal hours.

Westbrook – 0161 477 8572 – Closed Tuesday 26th but open normal days of Tuesday, Thursday, Friday otherwise.

Disability Stockport – 0161 480 7248 – Closed after 22nd December and reopening on 2nd January.

CGL – 0161 474 1343 – Closed on 25th and 26th December

Arc – 0161 480 7731 – Opening until 4pm on Friday 22nd December. Reopening at 10am on 2nd January

TPA – 0161 474 1042 – Drop-in open 9.30am-11.30am on Friday 22nd December. Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day but open normal hours otherwise.

Other resources

National Mind have produced these Christmas wellbeing tips which you can have a look at if you think this festive period might be difficult for you, or even just to keep your own wellbeing in check over Christmas. The Mental Health Foundation have done similar – you can look at their tips here

The Stockport People ‘Stay Well This Winter’ guide is a really useful document, and includes tips to avoid flu and winter bugs, keeping your home warm, useful local contacts, pharmacy opening hours, looking out for others, and much more.

For pharmacies in Stockport that are open on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day, please click here

Here are some places that may still have free Christmas meals available:

The Wellspring– 0161 477 6344 – providing free meals on Christmas Day. Open 10am-2pm. Harvey Street, Stockport, SK1 1YD.

Zaynies– 0161 465 8754 – providing free meals on Christmas Day, and may be able to deliver if you require. They will be open 12pm-3pm. Please phone them to find out more. Their address is 508 Hempshaw Lane, SK2 5TL.

Inspire Levenshulme0161 850 5717 – opening on Christmas Day but it’s advisable to book. Please phone them if you wish to attend. Their address is 747 Stockport Road, Levenshulme, Manchester, M19 3AR.

Christ With All Saints Church – 07875 774427 – Free Christmas dinner but there are only limited spaces. Please phone the above number or email to enquire as to whether there are any spaces left. Christ With All Saints Church, All Saints Road, Heaton Norris, Stockport, SK4 1QA.

Unwanted Christmas gifts?

At Stockport Mind, we hold tombolas throughout the year at events we attend. If you receive any Christmas gifts that you don’t want to keep, then feel free to donate them to us, and help us raise money to continue providing mental health services for people in Stockport. We are at Dove House, 65 Union Street, Stockport, SK1 3NP. Thank you in advance for any donations.


Please do reach out and talk to someone if you need help this Christmas.