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Thinking Ahead Rochdale can help people who are feeling distressed by difficult events in their lives as well as people with a mental health problem. Thinking Ahead provide a range of talking therapies, which allow you to to talk talk to someone who is trained to help you deal with your negative feelings.


Give us a call, speak to your GP, or fill in our online referral form.





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Oldham Road
OL16 5RD

Phone Number:

01706 751 180

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Who are we for?

Thinking Ahead is for anyone who lives in Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale or whose GP surgery is based there. You’ll come to us if you’re experiencing common mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression. You do not have to be told by a doctor that you have a mental health problem to be offered or benefit from a talking therapy.

How can we help?

When you come to Thinking Ahead, one of our trained professionals will have a conversation with you to work out the best service for you.

When you are contacted by one of our friendly staff, they will ask you to tell us a little more about how you are feeling, and what you need help with.

We will then arrange your first appointment (usually a phone call), typically within 4-6 weeks, but sometimes sooner.

Then after 4-6 weeks, one of our professionals will give you a call and agree the best way forward to get you the help and support you need.

If we think you could benefit from help with social issues, we will work with you to identify the problematic areas in your life and help you to overcome any challenges you face.

Sometimes a greater level of support is needed. If therapy is the most appropriate option, we’ll arrange your first full appointment, typically within four to six weeks but sometimes sooner.

We offer a range of therapies, including:

  • guided self-help
  • online therapy
  • groups and workshops
  • counselling
  • specialised therapy (cognitive behavioural therapy)

Throughout your therapy, you’ll have regular sessions – either online, face-to-face or over the phone. Your practitioner will help you manage and overcome your negative feelings; and keep you motivated along your journey.

Through coming to Thinking Ahead, you’ll feel motivated to focus on the “here and now” of your problems and willing to participate in work between sessions, which can help you to feel better and stay better.

Where we see to you?

Our team are based all over Rochdale, Middleton and Heywood in different places, so you can meet them in the community. We also provide therapy online and over the phone at a time to suit you.

Who we are?

Thinking Ahead is part of The Big Life group. The service is commissioned by NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group, and delivered by The Big Life group in partnership with Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust and The Gaddum Centre.