Kwan Wai (Mental Health)

The Wai Yin Chinese / Vietnamese Mental Health Project was set up in 1999 as one of the many projects at Wai Yin as a result of needs identified during research funded by the National Lottery.

Due to the stigma attached to people with mental health problems, the name Chinese / Vietnamese Mental Health Project was changed to the Kwan Wai Project in 2002. Kwan Wai means support and caring.

We are funded by Manchester Social Services Department, and our services are free to any resident of Manchester. However, we are able to provide services to anybody in the Greater Manchester area who is referred and funded by social services. The Kwan Wai Project’s aims:

  • To challenge discrimination and social exclusion faced by Chinese people with mental health problems
  • To raise awareness of mental health needs of Chinese communities both within these communities and mainstream agencies
  • To establish a referral system and close working relationship with mental health agencies in the statutory and independent sectors.

Kwan Wai currently provides the following services as part of its project:

One to one support case work Client refer from CPNs, social workers, psychiatrists , police, other organisations or self referral. We provide the follow support for the client:

  • Language support
  • Assist health professionals to carry out the psychiatric assessment to clients
  • Assist clients to gain access all kind of benefits, housing support and employment training

This will take place at Wai Yin Centre, or staff pay home visit to client’s house, hospital or involved organisation venues.

  • Monday 11:00 am – 12:00 noon
  • Friday 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Friday Drop In activity:

  • Sewing
  • Cookery
  • Movies
  • Games
  • Art and craft

Monthly Activities for carers and service users

Tai Chi Class at Wai Yin The Tai Chi class is funded by MAES and runs at Wai Yin on every Wednesdays between 11:00-1:00pm. For Chinese mental health service users and local mental health service users / care workers. The class for age over 16, both Chinese and Non-Chinese, male and female. For those non-Chinese participants need to be referred by the relevant agencies.

Face to Face sessions

  • Feeling stressed?
  • Sad?
  • Unhappy?
  • Depressed?
  • Lonely?
  • Low self esteem?
  • Looking for someone to talk to?
  • Worried about the confidentiality?
  • Do not want to be judged or prejudiced for whatever you say?

We are pleased to inform you that our face to face talk session is free from all the above doubts. To make an appointment or know more about it, please contact us on: 0161 272 7482 (direct line) or 0161 833 0377 (general line) or you may also email us at [email protected]

What is face to face talk? Face to face talk provide a safe, non-judgmental place to explore and understand the difficulties you are facing, and work towards living in a more satisfying way.

Who needs face to face talk? Face to face talk is for anyone who wants to talk things through and get a more complete perspective on their life and their options. It is also meant to provide emotional support to those who have encountered loss and grief, stress, addiction, anxiety or depression.

Is it safe to disclose facts? Can I trust it? The information you disclose to us will normally be confidential within the service. However, if your counselor is of the opinion that you are in danger of harming yourself or another, this confidentiality may be broken in order to obtain the best possible care and support for you.