What we do

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) (read more 1) (read more 2)

A multi-skilled Mental Health Team providing Primary health care within a Stepped Care Model (see weblink) for people aged 18 and above, registered with a Manchester GP experiencing anxiety disorders, depression, postnatal depression, social anxiety and phobias, stress reaction and other psychological problems.

Mental Health Team Manager
CBT/ High-Intensity Therapist
Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners
CBT Counsellor

A primary care mental health service delivering a range of psychosocial interventions to clients presenting with mild to moderate mental health difficulties at steps one to three.

ACMHS is one of a small group of third sector organisations commissioned to deliver high and low-intensity IAPT interventions in the community.

Interventions include:
Case management
Assessment
Self-help materials
CBT interventions (read more)
Counselling (read more)
Group CBT
Mindfulness therapy (read more)
Advice surgery: Every Tuesday, 10 – 12pm at the Windrush Millennium Centre

Severe and Enduring Mental Health (read more)

ACMHS provides culturally sensitive services to African and African Caribbean people experiencing severe and enduring mental health conditions within Manchester and surrounding areas eg: schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other psychological problems.

Mental Health Practitioner

Hospital Visiting/Advocacy Worker

Advocacy – for service users and their families ie: hospital visiting, befriending, advice on Mental Health Act, medication, diagnosis, benefits, housing.

If you require any support, please complete the Initial contact form. (See download page)

Counselling: CBT, person centred, couples and family

Befriending/Peer Support: The Befriending Project aims to aid the recovery of African and African Caribbean patients in North Manchester General Hospital.  The service is provided by service users who have had an experience of being an inpatient themselves.

If you wish to access Befriending / Peer Support, please contact the Mental Health Practitioner or Hospital Visiting/Advocacy Worker.

Drop-ins

ACMHS provides a number of social activities throughout the week to enable service users to engage in physical activities, reduce isolation, meet new friends and learn new experiences.

Sport: Held every Monday, 2pm – 4pm at Moss Side Leisure Centre, Hulme High Street, M15 5NN

Activities: Football, swimming, table tennis, badminton, sauna

Art: Held every Tuesday, 10am – 12pm at the Windrush Millennium Centre

Activities: Drawing, painting, writing

If you are interested in volunteering, please ‘download’ and complete the Initial contact form for volunteer or placement. (See download page)

Positive Vibrations: Held Tuesdays, 1pm, Wednesdays, 2pm, Thursdays, 10.30am and Fridays, 1pm in Units 17 & 18 at the Windrush Millennium Centre (see Facebook) Click to visit facebook page

Life Skills: Held every Thursday, 1pm – 5pm at the Windrush Millennium Centre

Activities: Reading, discussion, poetry, trips, quizzes, guest speakers

If you require any support, please ‘download’ and complete the Initial contact form. (See download page)

Groups – Carer’s, Women’s, Men’s

Carers: Support is provided to carers and their families living in Manchester.
The carers attend a structured group meeting on the 1st Thursday of every month, 11:30am – 1pm at the Windrush Millennium Centre.
Carers receive support, information/advice, practical help, short respite breaks, alternative treatments, or go to the theatre, cinema, restaurant and various events of interest.
If you wish to access the Carers Group, please contact the Carers Facilitator.

Women’s: A weekly group is held every Tuesday, 1pm – 3pm at the Windrush Millennium Centre giving women a space to share experiences in a safe and relaxed atmosphere.
Activities: Advice, information, discussion, support, trips

Men’s: A weekly group is held every Thursday morning, 10am – 12pm at the Windrush Millennium Centre, allowing men the opportunity to share experiences in a supportive environment.
Activities: Discussion, advice, trips

Training ie: race and mental health, cultural awareness and mental well-being.
For further information please “download” and complete the Initial contact form for volunteer or placement.  (See download page).

Student placements – We provide placements and training for students ie: social work, counsellors, medical, nurses, community/youth workers, NHS professionals, community and statutory organisations, occupational therapists and short term secondments for health and social care professionals.

Please contact the Administrator on admin@acmhs-blackmentalhealth.org.uk for further information or complete the form.

* Please be advised that due to the nature of our services, all counsellors must be of African or African Caribbean origin (Click link to go to website on Equality Act 2010 re:  genuine occupational qualification) https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/work/discrimination-at-work/what-doesn-t-count-as-discrimination-at-work/discrimination-at-work-occupational-requirements/