The majority of our services are run from our Wellbeing Centre in the middle of Rochdale (pictured above) although we also run services in Middleton (from our Compleat café)  and in Heywood (in conjunction with the Recovery Republic)

The Open Mind team is the 'gateway' to all the services of Rochdale and District Mind, apart from the Advocacy project.

You can refer yourself, or be referred by a supporting professional, anytime you feel you are experiencing mental distress and would like support.  To access our service, you need to fill in a referral form which is available by:

(1) Downloading the form  
(2) Completing the online form
(3) Collecting from our offices on Drake Street  
(4) Telephoning our information line (01706 752338 or 0800 107 0729) who will post one out to you.

What happens next?

Once we receive your completed form, we will contact you via your preferred method of contact (phone / text / e-mail) to arrange a one-to-one appointment to see one of our Wellbeing Co-ordinators. We can normally offer new referrals an appointment within 3-4 weeks.

Your initial appointment will normally take place in a quiet room in the Mind Wellbeing Centre or at one of our outreach facilities. The Wellbeing Co-ordinator will discuss and explore your issues with you. You can be assured you will be provided with a confidential and professional service at all times. You may be offered information about local services which may be able to assist you. If appropriate, you will be advised of what Mind activities could be offered to start to address these issues. These activities could include:

  • attending an informal anxiety/depression support group to learn  new skills to deal with your issues
  • learning CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) skills by attending a more structured class or learning these skills on-line
  • enrolling in some more holistic activities such as Tai Chi, Creative Writing, Art Classes, Aromatherapy
  • attending our Growth (allotment) Project
  • working in one of our Community Cafes to build your confidence and learn customer service skills

We also offer culturally sensitive groups/activities to help clients from BME communities.

Most of the activities we offer involve working in small groups or attending self help groups and only address the most common mental health problems – stress, anxiety and depression.

What we do NOT do:

Please note that we cannot offer direct services to people who live outside the Rochdale Metropolitan Borough (unless you qualify for the Advocacy service which we provide in Bury).

We cannot offer services to people whose primary need is related to alcohol or drug misuse, or learning difficulties. These referrals should be directed to appropriate agencies to provide support for these issues.

For further information on other services that are available, please call our Information in Mind Service on 01706 752 338.

To promote a safe atmosphere for everyone using our premises, anyone who attends an appointment or service under the influence of alcohol or non-prescription drugs will be asked to leave.