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Taking control one step at a time: Shannon’s Be Well journey

“Now I’m just trying to take one step at a time with each day. Without Be Well, in all honestly, I would most probably have ended up se...

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Building bridges to a new life: Jon’s Big Life journey

Four years ago I stepped off a stool with a rope around my neck. Before he called Living Well in Rochdale, Jon He...

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Turning stigma into strength: Rachel’s Big Life journey

“I wanted to share my lived experience on a one to one basis and I thought volunteering with Peer Support would give me a good foundati...

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Running towards dreams: Tony’s Big Life Journey

“It’s been good for my mental health. It’s made me into a different sort of person and given me confidence. I know I’m no Mo Farah but ...

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From street life to community champion: Andy’s Big Life journey

"I’m enjoying myself and getting my own life back because of Big Life and Living Well. It’s given me a purpose to keep going."...

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Whose Choice? The changing face of mental health services

by Nicky Lidbetter, Big Life Director of Mental Health. Those of us that have been knocking around the mental health world fo...

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Finding the strength to move forward – Carly’s Be Well journey

My mental health and confidence was on the floor when we first met – you really helped me to pick myself up after a year of grief a...

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Enjoying life again: Katherine’s Big Life journey

My therapy has changed my life. I feel lighter - like a cloud has lifted me!

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Facing Fears: Helena’s Big Life Journey

I can now say I have less anxiety, I am a more positive person, and I know how to improve my situation

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Out of My Comfort Zone: Therese’s Big Life Journey

Having someone guide me through developing techniques which help me deal with my anxious symptoms was very supportive

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Taking Control: Kris’ Big Life journey

I was always made to feel ‘at home’. I felt valued, and this gave me so much confidence

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Volunteer to full-time: Andrea’s Big Life journey

I looked in to volunteering as a way of gaining the skills and experience I was missing.

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Kick-starting a career: Sarah’s Big Life journey

"Working at The Big Life group has provided a lot of opportunities for me to progress my career in mental health."

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On the path to progress: Tommy’s story

“I couldn’t wish for a better job. I know from experience that making just the smallest difference to someone means everything.”

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Talking trouble away: Sam’s story

“I know the right help is there when I need it, where as in the past I’d struggle to cope every night.”

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Coronavirus update

In light of the current situation, we are making changes to the way we deliver services at the moment. One-to-one appointments that would normally be delivered face-to-face will now take place over the phone or through video call. There is no need to call us to confirm – your regular point of contact will call you at the time your appointment was scheduled.

We are also no longer holding groups inside. We’re currently arranging alternatives where possible through considering walking or virtual groups. Please contact your group facilitator, or the centre where the group runs from, for more information.

If you’re worried, think you may have symptoms of Coronavirus or want further information, see the latest advice from Public Health England.

Finally, if you’re struggling through self-isolation, please don’t feel alone. There are local community groups being created all over the country, which you can find here. Alternatively, you can call our community centres in your local area, which you can find here.