Who Can You Speak To

Across Bolton there are lots of services that can help support you, your friends’ and your families’ mental health and wellbeing. Some of these services have currently changed the way they work to ensure they keep us safe from Covid-19

We want to help you be kind to your mind by connecting you with the right people to talk to, in a way that suits you.  This page brings together the mental health support available to you in Bolton with a brief summary about what they do and how you can access it.  By clicking the title of each service you will also be directed to their website for further information. Where there is more than one service offering a similar type of support, we have tried to group them together.

If you feel that you’re in need of urgent support, click here to view our ‘Urgent help’ page which also shows some available crisis helplines

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Digital support

The Kooth

Age: 11-15 years

Opening Times:

You can access forums, activities, self-help support and also send a message to someone at Kooth at any time but you will only receive a reply during the counselling hours above

How To Access:

To join Kooth you will need to create an anonymous account on www.kooth.com

Chat Health

Age: 11-19 years old (25 years if you are a care leaver or have special education needs and disabilities)

Chat Health is a confidential texting service for anyone aged between 11 and 19 who lives or goes to school in Bolton.

You can text a Bolton nurse anonymously for support on a range of topics including mental health, bullying, smoking, drugs, sexual health, relationships and much more!

Opening Times:

Chat Health is available between 8am and 8pm Monday to Friday and 12pm – 4pm Saturday and Sunday.

To use Chat Health simply text your message to 07507331753 and you will get a reply within 24 hours – usually before!


Age: All Ages

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Shout is a 24/7 free text line which provides mental health support if you are feeling in distress. This can include support around suicidal thoughts, self harm, abuse, bullying and relationship challenges.

How To Access:

Text the word SHOUT to 85258 to be connected to a trained volunteer.

Proud Connections

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Proud Connections provides digital support for LGBT+ young people including a web chat available 12pm – 6pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays

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Beat provide a 1:1 webchat for anyone affected by an eating disorder.  The organisation also provides a range of helplines and email addresses for under 18s, students and adults who need additional support.

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