Mental Health Independent Support Team
We provide a friendly, safe and confidential service to support and voice the interests of the mental health service and their carers.
Hanover House, Hanover Street
Bolton, BL1 4TG
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.
MhIST provides services like counselling, mindfulness meditation, dramatherapy, craft and social group which enable people to cope with anxiety and emotional distress.
Helping people to put strategies and plans in place so that they are able to deal with problems more effectively in future perhaps by learning relaxation or by having a practiced way of dealing with upset..
Our self help groups are very active, and provide for the needs of different groups of people, such as those experiencing depression, anxiety, self-esteem, and mindfulness.
By joining one or even several of our self help groups you can gain; support from people who have similar experiences; the reassurance that you are not alone; Information; self esteem; a different perspective; a chance to meet new people. You won’t be judged or told what to do!
The MhIST advocacy team are here to help you with problems which you need sorting out but you need a hand with. All you need to do is ask (or get someone to do it for you) and we will try to help.
When you come to MhIST our friendly and knowledgeable volunteer staff will make you feel comfortable and welcome, treat you with respect, listen to you without judging you and give you the opportunity to speak your mind.
Many of us experience times in our lives when we feel under pressure and find it hard to cope, this could be because of past issues, relationship difficulties, grief or from finding it hard to deal with everyday life.
Talking therapies such as counselling are useful in helping people come to terms with many problems they are facing, with an ultimate aim of overcoming them. They are based on an interpersonal relationship between the client and the counsellor or therapist which helps them develop a better understanding about themselves and then solve their problems.
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