MhIST – Mental Health Independent Support Team working with our communities to give the best mental health support we can since 1992.

We provide a safe and friendly place where you can work at your own pace to start your journey towards positive mental wellbeing.

Why not explore our services below!


Help for People who are Struggling Financially

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Things are rapidly changing, from people being furloughed to being made redundant. These experiences can be distressing at the best of times but if you are also experiencing mental health issues it can make things worse.

If you are struggling financially

There are many services still operating in the Bolton area that can help if you are struggling financially.


If you are struggling financially at this difficult time, Bolton’s Money Skills Service offer free, confidential and impartial services to people who live, work or study in the Bolton area.

Telephone 01204 331968 or email

Opening hours – Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.


Bolton’s Local Welfare Provision (LWP) scheme helps people in short-term crisis with food and essential items.

The scheme is funded by the council on an annual basis and once the fund has been exhausted for that financial year, there will be no further awards.

The fund is available to people who do not have alternative means of paying for what they need. The scheme intends to meet one off needs rather than ongoing expenses. It is purely discretionary and you have no automatic right to the extra help.

Apply online


If you are struggling with contacting them and need an advocate or are unsure what to do next you can contact our advocacy team on 01204 527200 or send an email to The advocacy team are still working, they are doing online advocacy, telephone calls and Zoom/Skype/FaceTime meetings. 

Please note – we also help carers of those who are experiencing mental health problems.

Storehouse Foodbank MhIST’s advocacy service can refer clients to Storehouse for food parcels if needed. Storehouse is Bolton’s main centrally located foodbank – providing weekly food parcels to those in need across the borough. Primarily the project supports families and single people in distress as a result of redundancy, illness, debt, adverse changes or a delay in benefits including those who have been sanctioned.  
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