“We know now, more than ever, people are struggling with their mental health. We know that some people may be experiencing poor mental health for the first time, or existing conditions may be exacerbated. We are here and ready to help anyone in Manchester who needs our support.”

– Elizabeth Simpson, CEO Manchester Mind


As we commence Mental Health Awareness Week (18-24 May) our charity partner Manchester Mind continues to deliver vital services to people experiencing mental ill-health, playing their part in the inspiring city-wide response during the pandemic.

Manchester Mind is still here to help, so no one is left struggling with their mental health. This year’s Mental Health Awareness theme is “kindness” and so during these difficult times, we encourage all involved in MYP to get involved where you can, from today and beyond…

Manchester Mind’s services have rapidly adjusted so they can be accessed from home, either online or by telephone. They continue to support those who were already receiving help, and are also there for anyone who is experiencing a mental health issue for the first time.


In response to COVID-19, Manchester Mind has introduced two new listening services, for young people (15-25 years) and for adults who might be struggling with depression, social isolation, anxiety or other worries during lockdown. Callers can talk to someone who will listen and understand, whilst receiving helpful information and advice.

For young people in Manchester (age 15-25) they’re also offering one to one counselling, advice (benefits, work, housing, studies, financial concerns) and are now running a virtual wellbeing café.

In addition, they continue to provide free impartial advice for welfare rights/benefits, including Universal Credit, debt and housing advice for adults. For details of all their services and projects please visit www.manchestermind.org

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Manchester Mind are offering free weekly mindfulness sessions via Zoom during the pandemic.

Register with them for the session of your choice and encourage your team to sign up. Or why not try their 5 minute breathing space exercise at home at the start, middle or end of the day?

Think about how you can take care of yourselves by staying active at home and using self-care tools and techniques. Feel free to share Mind tips on how to support yourself and your work team during the pandemic or download and circulate free PDF Mind publications