You are likely to be visiting these pages because you are worried about your own mental health or because you are worried about someone you know, for example an older person, a child or an adult. These pages contain information, help and support. Use the buttons below to find the right help for you.

Getting the right advice and support can make a big difference to our mental health and wellbeing.

This section provides useful advice about the support available in Salford and also gives information about where to get help if you feel unable to cope.

It has been developed for people living in Salford, so some of the services are for local people only. Some links are for national sites, but if you live outside Salford, it would be useful to check what is available in your local area.
The site is divided into different sections to make it easier to find what you are looking for. 

Click the links above to find information that's right for you. If you need help right now, click the "I need urgent help" link above.

Good mental health, or emotional wellbeing, involves feeling confident about ourselves and happy with who we are. It's about having a sense of self-worth and being able to cope with life's ups and downs. Mental wellbeing is important because it influences not only how we think and feel about ourselves, but also how we think and feel about other people. Our mental health can affect how we deal with everyday life and the stresses and challenges it brings, such as relationships, money worries and coping with change.

Just as we can have problems with our physical health, we can also have problems with our mental health. Often these are caused by the general stress of everyday life. At other times it can be a significant event.

Here are some examples of factors that could have an impact on mental health:

  • childhood abuse, trauma, or neglect
  • social isolation or loneliness
  • experiencing discrimination and stigma
  • social disadvantage, poverty or debt
  • bereavement (losing someone close to you)
  • severe or long-term stress
  • having a long-term physical health condition
  • unemployment or losing your job
  • homelessness or poor housing
  • being a long term carer for someone
  • drug and alcohol misuse
  • domestic violence, bullying or other abuse as an adult
  • significant trauma as an adult, such as military combat, being involved in a serious incident, or being the victim of a violent crime
  • physical health problems– for example, a head injury or a neurological condition such as epilepsy can have an impact on your behaviour and mood

There are many different mental health problems. Some of them have similar symptoms, so you may experience the symptoms of more than one mental health problem, or be given several diagnoses at once. Or you might not have any particular diagnosis, but still be finding things very difficult. Everyone’s experience is different and can change at different times.

The mental health charity, Mind, provides an A–Z  of mental health which gives information on the different  types of mental health problems.