Winter wellbeing

Under the weather? Pharmacy first for help and advice

We have joined forces with Public Health England (opens in a new tab) and Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership (opens in a new tab) this winter to help communities stay well and warm through the cold months ahead.

As part of the Help Us, Help You Winter Pressures campaign, we are offering advice to residents on how to stay warm and healthy during our Safe and Well visits. We will also be delivering winter warmth bags to Greater Manchester’s most vulnerable older people. The campaign aims to help ease pressure on the region’s hospitals and GP surgeries. Years of prevention work across Greater Manchester has taught us how closely linked fire risk and poor health are. It is important that you keep yourself well to stay safe.

How to stay safe and well

Follow these simple steps to stay safe and well:

  • Keep warm and heat your home to at least 18°C (65°F)
  • Make sure you get your flu jab
  • Unless it’s a 999 emergency, you can get urgent medical advice at 111.nhs.uk (opens in a new tab) or by calling 111
  • Visit your local pharmacist as soon as you start to feel unwell
  • Take advantage of financial schemes and discounts to help you pay for heating
  • More GP appointments are now available out of hours in Greater Manchester
  • Look out for other people who may need a bit of extra help over the winter.

Useful information and contacts

Christmas and mental health

Mental Health Foundation (opens in a new tab)

Mental health and suicide prevention

NHS (opens in a new tab)

Papyrus – for people under 35 (opens in a new tab)

Mind (opens in a new tab)

Age UK useful resources

Keep well this winter (opens in a new tab)

Five tips to boost your mood (opens in a new tab)

Being active as you get older (opens in a new tab)

Managing your debt

Citizen’s Advice (opens in a new tab)

Further advice and support

Feeling lonely? More than half of all 75 year olds in the UK live alone and one in ten suffers intense loneliness but is reluctant to ask for help. 9 out of 10 older people told researchers that a chat on the phone is the most helpful solution when they feel lonely, but 1 in 4 older people say they never or seldom have someone to chat to on the phone.

The Silver Line is a confidential, free helpline for older people across the UK open every day and night of the year. Their specially trained helpline staff offer information, friendship and advice.

Silver Line telephone number: 0800 4 70 80 90

If you are concerned about your own or someone else's mental health make an appointment to see the GP. The following organisations are also available for advice and support:

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (opens in a new tab)

The Samaritans (opens in a new tab)

Mind, for better mental health (opens in a new tab)

Alzheimer's Society (opens in a new tab)

Age UK (opens in a new tab)

NHS 111 (opens in a new tab)

Carers Trust (opens in a new tab)

Crime prevention advice (opens in a new tab)

Friends against scams (opens in new tab)