Improving mental health

At Self Help, we believe people should be able to choose the care and treatment they require and that services should be accessible and flexible.

Since 1995 we have developed, co-ordinated and delivered a wide range of services for people living with mental health and emotional difficulties. It’s amazing to see how far we have come, from our first self-help group – developed over 20 years ago and still running today – to becoming a leading third sector provider of the NHS and primary care mental health services.

We’re fortunate enough to work with leading GPs, commissioners and experts in the mental health field. We provide opinion and contribute to academic research, featuring in a number of academic research papers.


Training and Consultancy

Our bespoke training sessions for organisations are held where you want, when you want, covering content tailored to your needs. Contact us for more information or to make an enquiry.

Find out more about the training we offer


Clinical governance and quality assurance

Self Help is committed to providing high quality services to the people we support, including our service users and commissioners.

Find out more about our governance


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Coronavirus update

In light of the current situation, we are making changes to the way we deliver services at the moment. However, please note that all our Psychological Wellbeing services are still open and accepting referrals. For your appointment, you will be offered the choice of video, telephone or face-to-face. There is no need to call us to confirm – your regular point of contact will call you at the time your appointment was scheduled.

A number of face to face drop-in groups are now running again with more expected to follow. Further information on the groups available can be viewed at: www.selfhelpservices.org.uk/onlinegroups

We have also created an online Peer Support group on Facebook, which can be accessed at: www.facebook.com/groups/selfhelppeersupport.

If you’re worried, think you may have symptoms of Coronavirus or want further information, see the latest advice from Public Health England.

Finally, if you’re struggling through self-isolation, please don’t feel alone. There are local community groups being created all over the country, which you can find here. Alternatively, you can call our community centres in your local area, which you can find here.


Contact us

In response to the national lockdown, we have arranged for Royal Mail to hold our post until further notice. Therefore, we encourage you to contact us via email and refer yourself online where possible.

If you have sent post to us, please contact the relevant service to check if we have received it and they will be able to help you further:

Manchester – Any queries about your referral or bookings please email us on: pws.manchester@selfhelpservices.org.uk or if you wish to make a referral please go to our website at: www.selfhelpservices.org.uk/Manchester

Stockport – Any queries about your referral or bookings please email us on: stockportpws@selfhelpservices.org.uk or if you wish to make a referral please go to our website at: www.selfhelpservices.org.uk/Stockport

Cheshire – Any queries about your referral or bookings please email us on: talking.therapies.ec@thebiglifegroup.com or if you wish to make a referral please go to our website at: https://www.mytalkingtherapies.com/

Rochdale, Heywood and Middleton – Any queries about your referral or bookings please email us on: thinkingahead@thebiglifegroup.com or if you wish to make a referral please go to our website at: https://www.thebiglifegroup.com/thinkingahead

Tameside and Glossop – Any queries about your referral or bookings please call us on 0161 343 5748 or visit out website to find out more: https://www.thebiglifegroup.com/mindsmatter/

Trafford – Any queries about your referral or bookings please email us on: etherapy.admin@selfhelpservices.org.uk or if you wish to make a referral please go to our website at: https://www.thebiglifegroup.com/service/traffordselfhelp/