In light of the current Covid-19 situation, MhIST would like to state that we are now open after putting into practice remote ways of working. We are able to deal with enquiries, accept new members, and offer support where possible. See more here.
MhIST | Mental Health Independent Support Team
What we do
We aim to support people in a positive environment where YOU can achieve what you need to do. Our services and groups are free to use, but you do need an appointment in the first instance.
Support from people who have similar experiences.
Our self-help groups are very active and they provide for the needs of different groups of people such as depression, anxiety, self-esteem, and mindfulness.
Donatations & Fundraising
Can you help us raise funds to help people.Donations
Self Help Support Groups
Our support groups can provide you with all the tools you need to get the help you need, find out more about our groups below. Each group has it's own information page which is ran by the group to give you a great insight into what they offer.
Our Other Groups
- Afternoon Westhoughton Mental Health and Wellbeing Group
- Autism Group
- Body and Mind Self-help Group
- Craft & Social Group
- Depression Recovery
- Depression, Anxiety & Self Esteem Group
- Depression, Anxiety & Well-being
- Evening Westhoughton Mental Health and Wellbeing Group
- Furniture Upcycling
- Guitar Group
- Mindfulness Meditation
- Recreation and Activities
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What people are saying about MhIST
MhIST team have helped me so much over the years. I have attended groups. It’s a safe place and friendly.
MhIST is an excellent place to be a part of. The staff and volunteers are friendly, warm, and accepting. Services offered are accessible free of charge and cater for a diverse range of mental health issues.
All the staff and volunteers are the loveliest staff at MHIST. The group facilitator is nice as well. And mentioning no members names, but all the members are kind and helpful as well as caring. Thanks to everyone of you at MHIST for all your support. Thank you.
Frequenty Asked Questions
Do I have to have a specific diagnosis from my GP/Psychiatrist to access MhIST’s services?
No, a specific diagnosis is not required. You just need to believe that your mental health and wellbeing would be improved by using MhIST’s services.
I keep telephoning and getting an answer machine.
MhIST’s switchboard normally operates from 9:30am to 12:30 pm and 1:30pm to 4:30pm. There are some occasions that the switchboard may be switched off during the afternoon when the answer machine will take over. The answer machine also automatically takes a message if the line is engaged.
Do I have to live in Bolton to access MhIST’s services?
Yes and no. Advocacy and Talk Therapy can only be accessed if your Council Tax is paid to the Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council. Self-help groups can be accessed by anyone.