This week (May 10th-16th) marks Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 hosted by the Mental Health Foundation

It seems now more than ever mental health is becoming a frequently discussed topic and as it should be. 

While we have been dealing with a global health crisis this past 12 months, we have also been facing the biggest mental health crisis on record with cases of depression and anxiety skyrocketing amidst lockdown.

This year’s campaign by the Mental Health Foundation focuses on nature and mental health. 

“More than half of UK adults say that being close to nature improved their mental health” being in touch with nature and the world around us helps put things into perspective and allows us to view our problems introspectively…

We wanted to mention local Manchester based charities that support those who are struggling with mental illness and providing the tools to enrich and nourish communities mental health with valuable information for facilities.

Mind Manchester

Active for over 30 years, Mind Manchester have been helping the community with the purpose of putting mental health first. 

We believe that everyone deserves to be supported in their mental health needs and that we have a part to play in that.

We value the commitment of our staff and volunteers who work hard to ensure our services are delivered in a way that enables people to feel heard and involved.

The charity has many ways you can get involved from volunteering to fundraising alongside other great initiatives like emergency food response and wellbeing workshops

42nd Street

Dedicated on supporting young people with mental health, Ancoats-based charity 42nd Street provides counselling services to keep you adults safe.

“It can be hard to talk with other people about things that are worrying you.

But if the way that you are feeling is having a negative impact on your life the most important thing is not to hide it or bottle it up but to talk to someone. That’s why 42nd Street is here!”

All their services are free and offer a confidential promise to keep your information private. Book your referral today or make an account for online support.

African and Caribbean Mental Health Services

ACMHS was established in October 1989 as a result of concerns growing with second generation African and African Caribbean youths being admitted to psychiatric hospitals. The concerns were focused on why the admissions took place, what happened while being admitted and what happened when they left.

Located in Moss Side “African and Caribbean Mental Health Services (ACMHS) endeavors to inform and empower individuals to identify their own health needs and the resources to deal with them in order to be more resilient to stress and illness.”

LGBT Foundation

Established in 1975, the LGBT foundation support the needs of a diverse group of people who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans. 

We believe in a fair and equal society where all LGBT people can achieve their full potential. #EqualityWins underpins much of what we do and we aim to be; ‘here if you need us.’

The charity serves over 40,000 people, achieving a 98% satisfaction rate, as well as helping over 600,000 people online. 

We are a nationally significant charity firmly rooted in our local communities of Greater Manchester and provide a wide range of evidence-based and cost effective services”.