We have joined forces with Public Health England and Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership 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.
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 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 and suicide prevention
Age UK useful resources
Managing your debt
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: