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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.

Access:

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

Age:

16+

Cost:

Free

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Address:

Rochdale, Heywood and Middleton

Phone Number:

01706 751 180

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How can we help?

Thinking Ahead provide free NHS psychological therapies to help who are feeling distressed by difficult events in their lives as well as people with common mental health difficulties.

The therapy we offer can be provided one-to-one, in a group, over the phone, via video call or online.

Who are we for?

Thinking Ahead is for anyone aged 16+ who is registered with a GP in Rochdale, Middleton or Heywood. Our team are based in various community venues across the Rochdale.

What can we help with?

Many people experience problems with how they think and feel at some point in their lives. Life changing events like losing a job, an accident, the loss of a loved one, a traumatic incident or even moving house can lead to difficult feelings that can be hard to cope with. Sometimes, there may be no event that has triggered how you are feeling – this is common too.

These experiences can lead to difficulties with our mental health. Difficulties such as feeling depresses, anxious, stressed, panicked, nervous, isolated, or not being to sleep make it difficult for us to cope with day-to-day life.

Our team of friendly and approachable advisors and therapists can help you overcome your difficulties and manage them better. We will make sure that you see the right person for your situation.

Therapies we offer

We offer a wide range of therapies recommended by the National Institute for Health & Care Excellence (NICE), including:

Online therapy

With online therapy, you can gain instant access to a range of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy programmes that can help you work on anxiety, low mood and stress.

You will be supported throughout the programme by one of our practitioners who will provide guidance and tailor the online therapy to meet your needs.

SilverCloud

We provide access to SilverCloud – an informative online therapy programme proven to help with stress, anxiety, low mood, and depression.

Flexible, use it anytime, anyplace, anywhere…

Whether at home, work or elsewhere. On a computer, tablet or on a mobile phoneWork flexibly at a steady pace.

State of the art technology…

Includes easy to follow programmes with:

  • Video clips
  • Interactive quizzes
  • A journal
  • Audio-guided mindfulness exercises
  • Reflective exercises… and more

Accessible and easy to use…

You work independently with guidance from one of our practitioners who will offer regular online reviews. The programmes consists of evidence-based interventions including; activities and concepts from Cognitive Behaviour Therapy all recognised to have a positive impact on low mood and anxiety.

How do I access?

Click here to make a referral for online therapy.

Group workshops

We offer a range of group workshops that can provide you with skills and techniques to manage how you are feeling in the ‘here and now’. They will help you learn how to manage emotions and negative thoughts, which will have a positive impact on your life.

Long term condition group

This is a 6 session workshop – each session lasts around 90 minutes. It is a group for people who experience long-term health conditions such as: diabetes, COPD, pain, heart disease etc. Sessions focus on improving mental health which can in turn alleviate symptoms of chronic condition.

For example, for someone whose physical health condition is worsened with stress (e.g. IBS), looking at ways of reducing that stress can be beneficial. Please note that the groups do not focus directly on physical health problems such as pain management.

Perinatal Group (Blossoms)

This is a group for pregnant women or perinatal mums, dads or carers of babies who are under 24 months old who are also experiencing depression, anxiety and or feel they may be having difficulty bonding with their baby and/or feel they are struggling with adjustment to pregnancy or parenthood.

The group covers issues around becoming a parent, babies development and CBT-based strategies for anxiety and depression. The group is currently running via zoom and is 6 sessions (1.5 hours each session) and babies are welcome to attend the group.

Click here to make a referral.

Therapy

All of the therapies we offer are recommended by NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence). Our one to one therapies can be offered over the phone, via video call or in person at a community venue.

Guided Self Help

Guided self-help is a brief therapy based on the principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). It can support people with mild to moderate mental health difficulties, such as low mood, anxiety, and stress. Your sessions may be weekly or fortnightly and you will usually have around 6 sessions with a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner.

Click here to make a referral.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

CBT is recommended by NICE for depression and a range of anxiety related difficulties. It can help you to understand how your thoughts, feelings and behaviours may be linked to your problems and can help to identify the changes which could be made to improve your mood. It is a structured, practical talking therapy which focuses on goals and making changes using a variety of evidenced based techniques.

Click here to make a referral.

Counselling

Counselling can help you identify and understand your problems, express your feelings, gain a deeper insight into your issues and develop your own resources to build emotional resilience. You’ll be encouraged to talk about your feelings and emotions with a counsellor who’ll listen and support you without judging or criticising. The counsellor can help you gain a better understanding of your feelings and thought processes, and find your own solutions to problems. But they will not usually give advice or tell you what to do.

Click here to make a referral.

Couples counselling for depression

Counselling for couples helps people suffering from depression by using the relationship as a resource to help support the individual and their partner. It improves the relationship by helping you both to work together on the things that create unhappiness and to move on from a stuck and sometimes hostile patterns of interaction. It helps you to understand each other at an emotional level as well as a practical one. It gives you skills as well as understanding. This can lead to a happier and more fulfilling relationship in which differences between you are not so problematic. This relieves depression which in turn improves your relationship. This positive cycle improves mood and emotional wellbeing.

Click here to make a referral.

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing)

EMDR is used to help people who have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). People who have PTSD may experience intrusive thoughts, memories, nightmares or flashbacks of traumatic events in their past. EMDR helps the brain reprocess memories of the traumatic event which helps reduce symptoms and allows the person to move on from the traumatic experience.

Click here to make a referral.

Peri-natal

We offer a specialist peri-natal service to support parents, carers, adoptive parents, or anyone who is the main carer/carers for an infant from 0-2 years of age. This also includes parents who are pregnant. Referrals can be made for many reasons, including feeling anxious and experiencing low mood.

During the peri-natal period, this may translate into not wanting to be around, or alone with the baby, feeling like you’re getting it wrong, feeling worthless as a parent, feeling like the baby belongs to someone else, feeling the baby will only settle for other people, not being able to stop thinking about the birth, or if pregnant, feeling terrified of the birth.

Home visits are undertaken by our specialist in peri-natal and infant mental health, where much of the support is done within the parents’ home, or in children’s centres.

Click here to make a referral.

'Getting Help' with Gaddum

Gaddum is also a part of the Thinking Ahead pathway in Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale. They offer a service called Getting Help, which provides support to help people overcome barriers in meeting health and social care needs that are impacting on their wellbeing and mental health. The team works with people to:

  • Address unmet health and social care needs
  • Build resilience
  • Enhance independence

They offer support to individuals whose low mood/anxiety is primarily being caused by:

  • Debt and finances
  • Loneliness and isolation
  • Homelessness, housing or living situation
  • Drugs and alcohol
  • Their role as carer

We work with five partner organisations, to ensure that we are able to meet the needs of our clients. Our partners all have established links within the community and provide support tailored to their service users. These are:

We work with people to co-create support plans which allow them to meet their short and long term goals, and address any barriers which may be preventing them from addressing their unmet health and social care needs.

This is done through 1-1 contact with an assigned key worker, where the person may be signposted onto other services, community organisations or groups. The support sessions are tailored to the needs of the individual, where contacts can be in person or over the telephone; and weekly or spread out over a longer period of time. Usually our intervention lasts about 6 contacts, but we will work with the individual to create a support plan which will aid them beyond our involvement.

Getting Help is a part of the Thinking Ahead partnership, so referrals can be made into the central Thinking Ahead service and will be allocated to the most suitable part of the pathway, which could be Getting Help or the mental health pathway provided by Big Life or Pennine Care.

Click here for more information about the Getting Help service with Gaddum.

Not sure what therapy is right for you?

If you’re not sure about what therapy might be most helpful for you, then please use the form below to arrange a conversation with one of our practitioners about the options available to you.

Click here to make a referral to speak to a practitioner.

Need help in a crisis?

Please note, we are not an emergency or crisis service.

If you feel at risk of harm to yourself or others or your mental health is getting worse, you can:

  • contact your GP and ask for an urgent appointment
  • go to your local hospital or call 999
  • call NHS on 111 (open 24 hours a day)
Other services mental health crisis services

Samaritans: call 01706 86 86 86 (local call charges apply), National telephone 116 123 (this number is free to call), email jo@samaritans.org (UK and ROI) or visit Samaritans Manchester 5 Caton Street, Rochdale Manchester, OL16 1QJ.

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM): – for men day. Call 0800 58 58 58 – 5pm to midnight everyday.

The Silver Line: for older people (aged 55 and over). Call 0800 470 8090.

Papyrus: Confidential suicide prevention advice for young people and adults up to 35 years of age. Hopeline staffed by counsellors and mental health practitioners. Call 0800 068 4141, 10am – 10pm Monday to Friday and from 12pm – 10pm at the weekend.

Need extra support?

Therapy might not be suitable or necessary for everyone, which is why we have teamed up with some other local services to be able to offer different levels of support whatever your needs and requirements.

  • Want support with making lifestyle changes? Get in touch with Living Well for support when living and feeling well feels too tough to tackle alone.
  • We also work closely with Rochdale MIND, who offer lots of mental health support and activities. They also help run some of our groups.

Professional referrals

If you are a health or social care professional wishing to make a referral on behalf of someone, please complete our online referral form.

Click here to refer someone.

 

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