42nd Street: supporting young people with their emotional wellbeing and mental health.

Coronavirus Update:

In  response to the current situation the 42nd Street team have reflected on how to respond in order to keep young people’s needs at the centre of all we do as a key service in Greater Manchester, whilst balancing our responsibilities to adhere to government advice and keep people safe and well.

As we are not able to accept and process new referrals to our core service as we used to and have suspended our face to face work in our 42nd Street venues, community venues and education settings, we have developed refined ways of working so that we can continue to support young people using our service as best we can.


Any referrals that were received by 42nd Street’s core service before March 23rd 2020 will be treated as usual, after this date no further referral will be processed until further notice.

Online Support

Young people can access our online support and a weekly informal drop in by logging in at onlinesupport.42ndstreet.org.uk. This service offers young people access to one-to-one support with 42nd Street’s Mental Health Practitioners either in real time or for weekly appointments. Any young person who has a GP in Manchester, Salford, Trafford or Tameside & Glossop can register for online support.

Young People that are already receiving one to one support in the community (This includes IAPT services)

If young people are already receiving one- to- one support from 42nd Street’s central service we are contacting them to discuss and offer the following options:

  1. Pausing their support until we resume normal service and face to face delivery
  2. Accessing telephone support either appointments or check ins
  3. Accessing online support if their worker offers this service
  4. Risk planning and management where this is required

All young people currently receiving a service have the contact details for their worker and they can contact them as usual. If the worker is not available they will leave messages and/or out of office messages on their phones and emails so that young people are clear who to contact and how.

Young people from education settings

42nd Street’s offer within schools and colleges, whilst they are closed or reduced, will be suspended until they re-open. However, schools based workers will continue to remotely support young people referred from the schools that are working within, this includes vulnerable young people and will continue support over the holiday periods. All support will  be discussed  and agreed with the young person, family and education setting.

Young people in high levels of distress

42nd Street has a team of workers as part of the Integrated Community Response Service and SafeZones Team, where we work in partnership with health and social care colleagues via Early Help Hubs and Crisis Care Teams across Greater Manchester. Where young people present with high levels of distress colleagues from the Early Help Hubs and Crisis Care Teams will be able to contact these workers to arrange short term, de-escalation and stabilising support.

Group Work

Most of our groups have moved online. If you are part of a group please contact your worker.

Our Creative Programme – The Horsfall

All public facing exhibitions, performances, training  and events have been postponed until further notice, but we have launched our #HorsfallCreateAndConnect project on our Instagram and other social media channels if you want to reconnect and do something positive and creative. We also have a portraits competition for people under 25.

Safeguarding and Risk Management

42nd Street is implementing  a revised infrastructure and safeguarding escalation team and process to ensure support and safety for all staff and young people.- this plan, alongside our whole redesign, has built in mitigation plans for when/if staff become sick/unable to work

If you feel unwell

If you are experiencing any symptoms, however mild,  then the latest stay at home advice is that if you live alone you should stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started. If you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.  If you need to talk to anyone about how this might be impacting on you, call or text your worker and they will talk through  ways we can support you.

Self Care and Staying Connected

There is a lot of confusing media flying around at the moment which can be worrying and stressful. Self-care is extra important – here are our top tips and you can find further advice in our blogs here: Latest News and Blogs

Avoid too much media coverage

Stay in touch with friends / family by text, on social or call them

Focus on your wellbeing

Practice self-care and share your tips with others

Keep up your normal routine as much as possible

You can find our social media channels here…




If you’re worried , think you may have symptoms of Coronavirus or want further information, please check and follow the advice here: NHS Coronavirus (Covid-19).

Thanks for your support as we all face these new challenges.

42nd Street is a Greater Manchester charity that supports young people aged 11-25* years with their emotional wellbeing and mental health, promoting choice and creativity. We champion young person centred approaches that demonstrate local impact and have national significance. 

We offer a range of individual therapeutic support and encourage and support young people to have a voice, and access opportunities to learn, develop new skills, be creative, have fun and demonstrate to themselves and others that they are able to recover, manage their mental health and wellbeing and achieve their full potential.

* Please note that our individual therapeutic support services are for young people aged 13-25 years only. Services for 11-12 year olds are only available where we have bespoke services in specific settings. More details about service availability across Greater Manchester and age ranges for each service can be found here.

We deliver services at our Manchester city centre base, in community venues, arts and cultural centres, and in schools and colleges to make sure our services are accessible.

We currently deliver individual counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)*, Counselling for Depression*, Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR)*, one to one psycho-social support and advocacy services in the following areas:

  • Manchester (13-25 year olds) – please note that the above support marked with an asterisk * is only available in Manchester at the moment.
  • Salford (13-25 year olds)
  • Trafford (13-25 year olds)
  • Tameside & Glossop (13-18 year olds)

We Tell You Report and Manifesto42nd Street’s We Tell You ‘Perceptions’ Report and Manifesto

Why are men less likely to use a mental health service? Why, in the group of men, are black men even less likely to use a mental health service? There are many reasons but you can now read how the We Tell You team have helped contribute to this conversation.

The We Tell You manifesto and report is the culmination of a three-year peer led research project, which spoke with 78 young black men, aged 13 – 24, across Greater Manchester. In the report, you will find an executive summary, recommendations, background, method and key findings and we are inviting you to explore the perceptions and suggested solutions to some of the barriers faced by young black men when accessing services.

You can read the report in full here

Get involved in the conversation @42ndStreetmcr #wetellyou

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