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Mental Health and Wellbeing


The Transformation of Children and Young People’s Emotional and Mental Health Services in Rochdale

Back in December 2015, we developed and launched our ambitious plan to enhance and improve the mental health and emotional wellbeing support for children and young people in Rochdale. During this time we are pleased to report that we have already travelled some way to achieving our aims; however, we do recognise that there is much more that we can do to truly make a difference to the lives of children and young people living and growing up in Rochdale.

The Rochdale Borough local transformation plan for children and young people’s emotional and mental health was always intended to be iterative as we continue to develop it to ensure that it meets the changing needs and priorities within the borough. As a result, the Borough-wide CAMHS Transformation Partnership (the group responsible for setting and agreeing the priorities within the plan, as well as monitoring delivery) have reviewed the plan and a new refreshed version has now been agreed. The refreshed plan highlights our progress in delivering the aims that have been set since 2015, as well as setting out our ambitions for 2020 and beyond.

Our vision articulated in the original plan to transform emotional and mental health services in Rochdale by shifting the focus of children and young people’s mental health services to prevention and intervention remains and is demonstrated within the plan.

Useful Information

Details of the support available locally for childrens emotional and mental health can also be found on the Corporate policies page


We all have an idea when we’re feeling mentally and physically well. Sometimes though, we may need extra support to look after ourselves more.

Your mental health and wellbeing is just as important as your physical health, and feeling good is an important part of being healthy.

When it comes to mental health and wellbeing, there are lots of ways you can access help and support, including websites with further information and advice.

Five ways to wellbeing

The Rochdale borough Five Ways to Wellbeing website encourages you to measure your wellbeing (it takes about two minutes) and come back to see how it can improve over time. The website also provides information about how you can improve your wellbeing, such as, by connecting with people or making time to be active.

Sometimes, this isn’t enough and we need to see someone to advise us about how we can improve our mental wellbeing.

Thinking Ahead

Thinking Ahead is a new service for people in Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale who want to improve their mental health and wellbeing. It helps with everyday issues that affect mental wellbeing and provides professional support for more common mental health difficulties, such as anxiety and depression.

The Thinking Ahead service delivers a Primary Care mental health pathway and incorporates the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service previously provided by Healthy Minds.

A team of professionals, including advisors and therapists, can help you overcome difficulties or manage them better. They are friendly and approachable, and will make sure that you see the right person for your situation. The service offers easy access to support in the local community and a range of proven therapies, including counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy, or guided online therapy.

You can be referred to the Thinking Ahead service via your GP, or you can self-refer by calling 01706 751 180 or on the dedicated website

Rochdale and District Mind services

‘Mind’ provides a range of services for people living in the Rochdale borough, including: services for young people, psychological services, dementia support, and much more. Find out more about the services they offer at 

Other mental health services in the Rochdale borough include:

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, a leading provider of mental health and community services within the Rochdale Borough, has an online service directory which will provide you with detailed information about local services. You can access the service directory here.