The Bolton Mental Health A to Z online Directory

The Bolton Mental Health A to Z Directory is aimed at providing sufferers, family, relatives and carers and any body else within the mental health community with useful contacts which will help them with their problems and give them the support they need. Also listed is a number of community drop in centre's specifically aimed at sufferers where a range of recreational and educational activities take place.

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A list of useful Acronyms within the Bolton Mental Health Services.

Our Link Exchange latest submitted web links

Q. What is Our Link Exchange?
Our Link Exchange is guest links for web sites that are submitted or are passed on to us by users that think they will be of interest to the mental health community.

Health Services Links

Q. What are Health Service Links?
A. The above links are to web site that are relating and build around the NHS (National Health Service)

Health Encyclopedia

  • NHS Direct Health encyclopedia:.
    Everything you need to know about conditions, tests, treatments, operations and services.
  • NHS Direct Health encyclopedia:.
    Everything you need to know about conditions, tests, treatments, operations and services.
  • Intute:.
    Health and Life Sciences is the subject group of Intute that provides the very best web resources for education and research.
  • MedicineChest has been written to help you make the right decision when a health issue is affecting you, your family or friends and is designed to provide you with useful information on home treatments, advise you when a pharmacist may be able to help and also clearly outline when you should visit your doctor.

Q. What are Health Encyclopedias?
A. Health information resource contains comprehensive and reliable database of health articles and reference materials from trusted sources ...

Professional Resources

Q. What are Professional Resources?
purpose built web sites for professional people such as doctors also containing a wealth of information to the general public and students.

Government Web Sites

Q. What are Government Web Sites?
The are web sites run by the UK Government but not related to Mental Health but other issues such as benefits, Health, employment and much more.

Message Boards 'Mental Health Related'

  • ITV This Morning. ITV Message Boards Mental Health related pages.

  • Moderated message boards covering cancer, allergies, alternative health, mental health, cerebral palsy, and disabilities.

  • Mental Health & Psychology Chat Rooms. Links to Chat Rooms - There are hundreds of Chat Rooms on the World Wide Web. A page selection of those concerned with Mental Health matters, whether as a meeting place or a place to find help and support.

  • Daily Mail Mail online. An online community is a place where you can meet new friends, share advice and problems or let off steam about anything you like.

Q. What are message boards?
Internet forums or message boards, refers to a on-line community with a distinct topic. Where you can add, read and chat with people. Above are some links to mental health related message boards.


  • The UK Advocacy Network the user controlled national federation of advocacy projects, patients' councils, user forums and self-help and support groups working in the field of mental health.
  • Action For Advocacy Action for Advocacy (A4A) is the central point of information on independent advocacy.

  • Patient Advocacy / Advice See the patient support section for details of 2000+ groups and organisation's that represent patients.

Q. What is Advocacy?
1. To protect rights or change unfair discriminatory or abusive treatment to fair, equal, and humane treatment.
2. To improve services, gain eligibility for services or change the amount or quality of services to better meet the needs of an individual.
3. To remove barriers which prevent full access to full participation in community life.


Q. What is Councselling?
A. An opportunity to talk about whatever is troubling you and to be heard. It is focused on helping you to find the best way to tackle your current problems.


  • Carers UK the voice of carers, news, rights and forum.

Q. What is are Carers?
The word 'carer' means someone who looks after a friend, relative or neighbor who needs support because of their sickness, age or disability.

Other Languages

  •   Some translated

Q. What is Other Languages?
A. Sites for the ethnic minority population.

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