Help and Support

To access NHS services for mental health please make an appointment with your GP – they will advise you. Or contact the numbers below and ask how you can get more psychological support from the NHS or within the Jewish community – they will be able to direct you.

In an emergency call 999 or go to your closest A&E.


Provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. Mind also campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.

Opening hours 9-6pm


Tel: 0300 123 3393

Text: 86463



The Samaritans

This is a helpline without judgement when you are in a crisis.

Opening hours 24hrs


Tel: 116 123


Papyrus Hopeline

This is a specialist telephone service staffed by trained professionals who give non-judgemental support, practical advice and information to children, teenagers and young people up to the age of 35 who are worried about how they are feeling or anyone who is concerned about a young person.

Opening Hours      9am – 10pm weekdays

2pm – 10pm weekends and bank holidays


Tel: 0800 068 4141

Text: 07786209697


Jewish Helpline (London)

Opening Hours

Sun-Thurs 12pm-12am

Friday 12pm-3pm


Tel: 0800 652 9249 / 020 3096 2875

Gateway Action Helpline (Jewish)

Opening Hours

Ladies and girls

Monday 10am-12pm

Wednesday 8pm-10pm

Men & boys

Monday 8pm-10pm

Wednesday 10am-12pm


Tel: 0161 826 3333

The Sanctuary

This is a phoneline for people in crisis.

Opening Hours

8pm-6am. Seven days a week


Tel: 0161 637 0808


This is a helpline which offers emotional support and information

Opening Hours

6pm-11pm. Seven days a week


Tel: 0845 767 8000

42nd Street
42nd Street is a Greater Manchester charity that supports young people aged 11-25 years with their emotional wellbeing and mental health, promoting choice and creativity.  

Opening Hours Mon – Friday 9.30am – 5.00pm  


Tel: 0161 228 7321 Fax: 0161 228 0528 Email:  

OCD Action Provides support and information to anybody affected by OCD, works to raise awareness of the disorder amongst the public and front-line healthcare workers, and strives to secure a better deal for people with OCD.  

Opening Hours

Mon – Fri 9.30am – 5.00pm  

Contact Tel: 0845 390 6232 Email:  

Young Minds Free 24/7 support across the UK for children experiencing a mental health crisis.  

Opening Hours

24 hours a day, 7 days a week. (Text service) Mon-Fri 9.30am – 4pm (Parent helpline)

Contact Text: Text YM to 85258. Texts from most providers are free. Parent helpline: 0800 802 5544    

JEWEL (Jewish Education Work Enterprise and Learning)

The JEWEL Foundation is an employment support service which has been established to enhance the economic sustainability of Manchester’s Jewish community.

Contact 0161 798 2123  

Rethink Mental Health Illness Advice Line

The Rethink Mental Illness Advice Service offers practical help on issues such as the Mental Health Act, community care and welfare benefits,
living with mental illness, medication and care.  

Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 9:30am- 4pm  

Contact 0300 500 0927

Jewish Women’s Aid

Jewish Women’s Aid is the only specialist organisation in the UK supporting Jewish women and children affected by domestic abuse & sexual violence.

Opening Hours Mon-Thurs 9.30am-9.30pm

Contact   Tel: 0808 801 0500 (domestic abuse helpline)   Tel: 0808 801 0656 (sexual abuse helpline)  

Anxiety UK Anxiety UK is a user-led organisation, run by people with experience of living with anxiety, stress or anxiety-based depression, supported by a high-profile medical advisory panel.  

Opening Hours Mon-Fri 9:30am – 5.30pm

Contact Text: 07537 416 905 Tel: 03444 775 774  

Shema Koli

Shema Koli is a confidential, anonymous Helpline for women and men in the Jewish Community who have experienced or been affected by abuse. Abuse of any kind. To yourself or others, children or young people. Now or in the past.

Opening Hours Monday 3.30pm – 5.30pm Tuesday 11.30am -1.30pm Thursday 11.30am – 1.30pm

Contact   Tel: 020 3670 1818

Salford Carers Centre

Salford Carers Centre (soon to be gaddum Salford) works with unpaid carers of all ages (young carers, young adult carers and adult carers) who provide care and support to someone who, without them, would not be able to manage.
This may be due to: long term illness, disability, mental ill health, substance misuse or old age.    

Opening Hours   Mon- Fri 9am to 4.30pm  

Contact Tel: 0161 212 5451.



Neshomo befriends long-term mentally ill people in the Greater Manchester Jewish community, the majority of whom reside in Salford. The team of trained befrienders provide a support system that is simply unavailable elsewhere.
Neshomo liaises closely with the local NHS mental health service which recognises this ethnic minority requires culturally sensitive support and advocacy.

Contact Tel: 07512 578587 (men) 07741 625 345 (women)


Paperweight Paperweight helps you sort out financial, legal or administrative matters when you’re finding it difficult or impossible to cope. A friendly, expert case worker will chat through with you all that you’re dealing with and then will work out how they can help.
The team includes caseworkers with experience in all major fields of law, accounting, finance, welfare, social and advocacy. Paperweight is a charity, and our service is free of charge. Often people come to us at a time of crisis – for example after a bereavement, or during separation or divorce – and we are here to help anybody in the Jewish community who feels the pressure caused by paperwork and dealing with bureaucracy is just getting too much.

Contact:   Tel: 0161 507 5480


Creative Living Centre  

The Creative Living Centre offers a wide range of courses, groups and 1:1 support which enables each person to be actively involved in improving their own well-being. The Centre recognises that mental health issues can impact on all life areas and people are helped to choose the  choose the right combination of activities to suit their individual needs, and for as long as our support is needed.


Tel: 0161 696 7501


Odd Arts  

Odd Arts deliver issue based creative programmes with vulnerable and excluded groups. Odd Arts is specialist in delivering work around mental health. We work in partnership with mental health teams and clinical commissioning groups to deliver mental health programmes.  

Odd Arts have also designed and delivered an award winning theatre programme to over 6,000 young people (*figures 2018) in partnership with Salford CCG, exploring the triggers, warning signs, and support strategies for anxiety and self harm.    


Tel: 0161 226 1912


Six Degrees Social Enterprise  

Six Degrees Social Enterprise is a Community Interest Company based in Salford that provides support for people who are experiencing mental health problems. Services are confidential and free to use for people living in Salford aged 16 years and over. They provide 1:1 talking therapy for people who are struggling with common mental health problems such as depression or anxiety. This can be face to face or on the telephone.   We provide several courses and groups including Mindfulness, Take Control and the STEPS course for the Jewish community.


Tel: 0161 212 4981 Email:  

Early Break for Young People (Bury Drugs and alcohol, mental health) Early Break offers Advocacy, a Holding Families Programme and accredited Training and Resources. They also offer Holistic Therapies, Emotional Health & Wellbeing groups, Mindfulness sessions, specialist Bereavement & Loss Counselling, Outreach, a ‘Fresh Start’ anti-bullying project and a Families Living Well programme.  

Opening Hours 8am-6pm Monday to Friday

Contact Tel: 0161 723 3880 Email:


JSense is an exciting educational services provider, established in 2013, to address the Special Educational Needs of children and young people across the Greater Manchester region.

Contact Tel: 0161 850 3330 Email:

Salford Autism  

Salford Autism gives support and social inclusion for everyone, everywhere, who is, cares for or is affected by someone with an Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) including Asperger Syndrome (AS) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Opening Hours   24 hours a day, 7 days a week  

Contact Tel: 0771 390 3224 Email:

Keren is a resource for orthodox Jewish girls and women between the ages of 12-24 living in Manchester, Salford and Bury to help them through leisure time activities in the interests of social welfare and with a view to improving their quality of life in society.    

Contact Email: Tel: 0161 708 0700

The Fed: Community Advice and Support Team (CAST)

This is a service for social care problems Contact Tel: 0161 772 4800 (option 2 for support) Email:

Self Help Services
Self Help Services offer a wide range of support and services for young people and adults living with mental health difficulties such as anxiety, depression, phobias and panic attacks.

Opening Hours Monday-Friday 8:30am – 5:30pm  


Tel: 0161 226 3871
Fax: 0161 393 6468

Recovery Academy – Prestwich Hospital  

The Recovery Academy provides a range of free educational courses and resources for people with mental health and substance misuse problems, their families and carers as well as health care professionals.


Tel: 0161 358 1771 Email:

The Friendship Circle  

The Friendship Circle helps children and adults with special needs make friends and integrate. It provides a range of leisure and social opportunities that aim to promote equality, confidence and opportunity, as well as increasing integration into mainstream Jewish life.


Tel: 0161 792 1792 (Esty) Email:  

Mind Salford  

Mind in Salford is an independent, user focused charity providing vital services to make a positive difference to the wellbeing and mental health of local people.


Tel: 0161 212 4880 Email:

Migdal Emunah

Migdal Emunah offers a specialist Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) based in Manchester.


Tel: 07899 814 137 Email:  

Big Life Group – Wellbeing Matters  

Big Life is in the business of changing lives, creating opportunities for people who have the least. We help people look at everything affecting their mental health wellbeing – from employment and housing to family and money issues.    

Contact   Tel: 0161 848 2420

Garden Needs – Radford Street
Garden Needs is your community garden set in the heart of the Salford community. Their vision is to be the pioneer in connecting people with nature and inspire them to lead healthier and happier lives. To achieve this Garden Needs runs a local sustainable community garden, open for the entire community providing training, volunteering opportunities, a rolling programme of seasonal activities, and opportunities to develop micro enterprises.  

Contact Tel: 0161 212 4980 Email:

Gateway Actions: Jewish mentoring service for boys

Tel: 07942 819 976

Jewish Bereavement Counselling Service (JBCS)

 JBCS supports Jewish individuals through loss and bereavement with counselling

and therapy.


Tel: 0208 951 3881


Salford University Domestic Violence Counselling Service

 The service is open to everyone who has experienced domestic abuse,

you don’t need to be a student at Salford University.


Email: or use the self-referral form on the website.