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
Self-help materials
CBT interventions (read more)
Counselling, couples, family (read more)
Group CBT
Mindfulness therapy (read more)

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

Support for service users and their families includes hospital visiting, advice on Mental Health Act, medication, diagnosis, benefits and housing.

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

Counselling: person centred


ACMHS provides social activities throughout the week to enable service users to reduce isolation, meet new friends and learn new experiences.

Women’s Group: A weekly group is held every Tuesdays, 1-3pm at the Windrush Millennium Centre giving women a space to share experiences in a safe and relaxed atmosphere.

Activities: Advice, information, discussion, support, trips.

Positive Vibrations Music Workshop: Music workshops are held Tuesday – Friday, between 9.30am – 4pm in Units 17 & 18 at the Windrush Millennium Centre (see Facebook) click to visit Facebook page.

Activities: Karaoke, music tuition, song writing and online music group.
Recording studio and rehearsal space also available.

Carers: The carers attend a structured group meeting on the 1st Thursday of every month, 11.30am – 1pm at the Windrush Millennium Centre.

Support is provided to carers and their families living in Manchester ie: information/advice, discussion groups, 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.

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.

Other Services
ACMHS is involved in working in partnership with various organisations such as:
• African Caribbean Care Group (ACCG) and LMCP (Learn, Motivate, Change Prosper) Care Link to provide advice, guidance and support to carers in Manchester.
Contact ACCG for further information: Carers-Mcr-Central@accg.org.uk or 0161 226-6334
• Gaddum Centre to provide culturally appropriate advocacy for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities for inpatients and young people.

* 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/