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Greater Manchester no longer has a Police and Crime Commissioner. The Mayor of Greater Manchester has now taken responsibility for policing and crime.

Mental health

Here you can find information and resources relating to mental health, including:

  • where to get help and advice
  • mental health projects being delivered by police and partners

See also: mental health news

1 in 4 of us will experience mental health problems at some point in our lives. Source: NHS Choices.

Mental Health Concordat

The Mental Health Concordat sets out shared national principles to bring together a multi-agency response to individuals in mental health crisis. Police and Crime Commissioners will be a leading partner in delivering the local action plans that will deliver the Concordat’s goals.

NHS Choices

The NHS mental health information page has lots of information, support and advice. If you’re having mental health problems, you’re not alone. One in four of us will have problems with our mental health at some time in our lives.

NHS Mental Health Trusts in Greater Manchester

There are four mental health trusts that cover Greater Manchester:

5 Boroughs Partnership is for people of all ages, living in the boroughs of Halton, Knowsley, St Helens, Warrington and Wigan. They offer services in community clinics, day-care centres and in-patient care for people with mental ill-health.

Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust provides integrated mental health and social care services to the 700,000 people living in the Bolton, Salford and Trafford local authority boundaries. The trust also provides a range of specialist and secure mental health services across Greater Manchester, the wider North West and beyond.

Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust is one of only five mental health and social care NHS organisations in the country. It offers a wide spectrum of mental health, social care and wellbeing services to meet the needs of adults of working age and older adults in Manchester.

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health and community services to people living in the boroughs of Bury, Oldham and Rochdale. They also provide mental health services in Stockport and Tameside and Glossop, as well as community services in Trafford

Policing and mental health

Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd has submitted written evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee inquiry into policing and mental health. He is also leading on a variety of mental health projects, bringing police and other partners together to support some very vulnerable people.

Triage scheme and RAID support

Pilot scheme in Oldham which allows police officers to phone up a mental health professional to make a joint assessment on an individual and, if needed, refer them to the RAID Team (rapid assessment interface and discharge) based in A&E. The scheme helps vulnerable people get the help they need, sooner rather than later, avoiding any inappropriate stays in police custody or busy A&E departments.

The scheme launched in December 2013 and the service is available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. We have commissioned an independent review, due summer 2014, to provide a detailed assessment of the project.

24-7 mental health phone support

From summer 2014, police officers across Greater Manchester will be given 24-7 phone access to mental health professionals to find out if an individual they are dealing with is known to the NHS for mental health reasons.

If known, the officer and mental health professional can make a joint assessment to decide what intervention is most appropriate for that person. This might mean taking them to a relative, a local support service, or even to a GP to collect medication.

If the individual is not known, the mental health professional will assist the officer in deciding the best course of action, depending on the behaviour being shown by the individual.

By being able to tap into the insight and local knowledge of mental health professionals, police officers will be able to help vulnerable people get the help they need, sooner rather than later, and avoiding any inappropriate stays in police custody or busy A&E departments.

Mental health training for PCSOs

A pilot in Salford where the mental health trust has offered to train PCSOs in certain neighbourhoods so they can:

  • identify people in their community who may be vulnerable to mental health issues
  • learn more about the triggers for mental health episodes, such as loneliness or isolation
  • take steps to avoid the triggers occurring

The Sanctuary

The Sanctuary: Manchester is an overnight support service where experienced staff and volunteers, with personal experience of mental health issues, provide a range of support including managing panic attacks, offering a space to talk, and assistance with coping after the initial crisis.

You can self-refer to the service by calling 0161 637 0808. Health care and other professionals may also refer clients to the service by calling this number. All calls are answered by the Sanctuary co-ordinator who will either offer support via the telephone or if appropriate, can arrange a time for the client to visit the service in person.

There are no beds at the Sanctuary so it is not a place to sleep over. But on the night you visit, you can stay as long as you wish before it closes at 6am. You may choose to leave The Sanctuary once your initial crisis has passed and you feel calmer, or you may need to stay longer. The length of your stay will depend on your particular need.

  • Telephone: 0161 637 0808
  • Open: 8pm to 6am

Self Help Services 

Self Help Services  is a user-led mental health charity, providing services across the North West. They are founders of ‘The Sanctuary’, Manchester’s overnight mental health service. 

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