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Mental health services in Salford

"Being mentally healthy doesn’t just mean that you don’t have a mental health problem."

If you’re in good mental health, you can:

  • make the most of your potential
  • cope with life
  • play a full part in your family, workplace, community and among friends.

Some people call mental health ‘emotional health’ or ‘well-being’ and it’s just as important as good physical health.

Mental health is everyone’s business. We all have times when we feel down or stressed or frightened. Most of the time those feelings pass. But sometimes they develop into a more serious problem and that could happen to any one of us.

Everyone is different. You may bounce back from a setback while someone else may feel weighed down by it for a long time.

Your mental health doesn’t always stay the same. It can change as circumstances change and as you move through different stages of your life.

There’s a stigma attached to mental health problems. This means that people feel uncomfortable about them and don’t talk about them much. Many people don’t even feel comfortable talking about their feelings. But it’s healthy to know and say how you’re feeling.

Mental health services in Salford

For information on CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) please see Children and maternity services section.

Salford offers a range of help and interventions to people with all manner of mental health problems. This includes some self-referral schemes such as Start in Salford Arts Project, Self Help Services e-therapy, health improvement workers, the garden needs project, and community health trainers

This is in addition to the more formal psychological support offered via Six Degrees and the Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust’s Primary Care Psychology Service, which can be accessed via your GP.

Some brief information is given below about the psychological therapy services.


Self Help Services e-therapy


Self Help Services eTherapy services provides Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) ONLINE and is proving to be very effective in helping people to overcome anxiety and/or depression. It teaches you a wide range of CBT techniques via a computer, and is clinically proven to help overcome issues related to low mood, anxiety, stress and insomnia.

How does it work?

Following a one to one assessment with the service co-ordinator, you will go on to use one of the online CBT packages over a 6-8 week period. Each of these packages are self-help programs where participants may find that they are able to work through the modules with little or no assistance. The service also has a team of fully trained support workers who are on hand to help if any assistance is required. eTherapy is available at various community venues across Salford and at home where you will receive weekly support calls

Salford Primary Care Psychology Service

These services are provided by Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.

Salford Primary Care Psychology Service includes:

  1. The step 3 Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service,

  2. The Step 4 non-IAPT psychological therapies service,

  3. Later Life Specialists in Primary Care Mental Health

  4. The Asylum-seekers Mental Health Consultation Service.

Step 3 IAPT and Step 4 psychological therapies services

These services provide psychological assessment and a range of evidence-based, psychological therapies to Salford residents aged 16 and over. There is no upper age limit.

The therapies offered focus on overcoming common mental health problems such as panic, social phobia, post-traumatic stress, health anxiety, generalised anxiety, obsessional or compulsive problems.

The therapy approaches provided include various forms of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Counselling, Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) and EMDR.

One-to-one therapies are provided in a number of locations across the City of Salford. The aim is to provide sessions in non-stigmatising Primary Care settings, such as St James’s House (next to Salford Precinct) and also GP Practices.

The services welcome clients from all communities in Salford and adults of all ages.

Assessment and therapy can be delivered in collaboration with an interpreter if English is not your first language.

Referrals are mainly from GPs or, less often, from other mental health professionals. You should discuss your situation with your GP in the first instance and together you can decide whether or not a referral would be helpful.


Six Degrees Social Enterprise


Six Degrees Social Enterprise has a social mission which is to build resilient communities in which people with mental health problems are accepted, supported and equipped with skills to deal with the challenges they face.

Six Degrees does this by delivering accessible, recovery-orientated services. The services for people with common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety are confidential and free to use for all adults aged 16 years and over. If you use this service Six Degrees will:

  • make every effort to see you quickly at a time and location that is accessible to you.
  • work with you to identify the issues you are trying to deal with.
  • use proven psychological treatments that build on your strengths and resources.
  • work with you in your own language with the support of Interpreters and translated materials where needed.

You can access the service through your GP practice or contacting the service directly.

Email six-degrees@nhs.net