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What to do if you’re worried about a child’s mental health

  • Make time to listen - create a calm, safe space where they can communicate their feelings. They may feel overwhelmed by a changing situation that isn’t being clearly explained in a way they can understand.
  • Take time to talk - some young people find it easier to talk while doing something together such as playing in the park, going for a walk, painting or other activities.
  • Try to understand the problems and provide reassurance that you have heard them and you are there to help. Their problems could be something you haven’t picked up on – it’s very common, so don’t feel guilty about this.

Further advice and helpful tips can be found on NHS’s Every Mind Matters.


Are you worried about a child right now?

  • If a child has taken an overdose or needs urgent medical help call 999 or take them to the nearest A&E. 
  • If you need urgent mental health support or advice, for instance, a child is having suicidal thoughts or is self-harming call Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust 24-hour mental health helpline 0800 014 9995 or contact your GP for advice
  • If you have noticed physical injuries such as deep cuts or burns contact NHS 111 online or your GP for advice.


If you have an appointment to come and see us, you can find all our details below. If you don’t have an appointment, please see the resources at the bottom of this page for more information about different services that can help in your area.

Contact details

Birch Hill Hospital
Birch Road
OL12 9QB
01706 676 000
0207 0197449

Parking information

There is plenty of free parking on site.

The hospital is also accessible by public transport.

Help available to you

#Thrive - the new emotional health and wellbeing service for young people

The Family Services Directory for information on all services in Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale.

Resolve counselling: Emotional health and wellbeing service for children affected by domestic or sexual abuse.
Tel: 07715 510 710
Email : resolve@childsoc.org.uk

Early Break
Young people’s drug and alcohol service.

www.kooth.com for online counselling and advice

Rochdale and District Mind
Mental health and wellbeing information, advice and support. Tel: 01706 752338

School nursing and Health Visiting teams are available for support on a range of issues with both physical and mental health