Every mind matters
Simple steps and resources to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing.
Every mind matters
Everyone has mental health and sometimes, as with physical health, it can become unwell. There are lots of reasons why this can happen such as life events. Here are examples of issues which can cause mental ill health for some people. And with 1 in 4 people experiencing a mental health problem each year it's very common to need some support at some point in our lives. Here are some resources and practical support to help you cope when you need a helping hand.
Do you need help now?
If you have seriously harmed yourself or think you are going to, call 999 or go to your nearest Accident and Emergency department.
If you are having thoughts about suicide and need to talk to someone you can Contact a Samaritan
Call for free anytime day or night - telephone 116 123
There's no right or wrong way to talk about suicidal feelings. You are not alone.
Whether you're concerned about yourself or a loved one, these helplines and support groups can offer expert advice.
Confidential support for people requiring emotional support in relation to their own mental health or that of someone they know.
Now open 24 hours a day, every day. Freephone 0800 9154640, or text Hello to 07860 022 846. You can also use the site to send a message.
A support service for those bereaved by a suspected suicide. Available across the whole of Lancashire.
Support after someone may have died by suicide including help for people who find the deceased.
Here you can find a variety of advice, guidance and support related to children and young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing.
A range of free therapeutic interventions, including online programmes and one-to-one therapy, to help people overcome common difficulties such as stress, anxiety and depression.
A mental health charity providing an A-Z of online support.
Our vision is Mental Wellbeing for All and with your help we can stop misconceptions about mental health, develop resilience in people from an early age and work with communities to build a happier Lancashire.
Experiencing mental health difficulties at university can feel overwhelming.
Keeping physically healthy can help reduce common mental health issues. There is lots of information and local support groups available:
Missing having a chat with people?
Here are some great options you could try, free of charge. They can be great ways to speak to someone new.
- Lancashire Volunteer Partnership, Telephone Befriender Service. Telephone 01772 416417 between 8am-4pm Monday – Friday. Or contact us on Facebook or Twitter.
- Call in Time (Age UK) - a telephone befriending service. You can sign up for a free weekly friendship call.
- Silverline also offers free weekly telephone calls to people age 55 and over.
Wellbeing information and advice
There is a lot of help available if you could do with a helping hand during the Coronavirus pandemic. Here is some information which might be helpful:
Coronavirus and wellbeing (NHS) - a wide range of ideas to help with anxiety and stress related to Coronavirus as well as tips for staying mentally well while you are staying or working from home.
Coronavirus and your wellbeing (Mind.org.uk) - a wealth of practical advice for staying at home and taking care of your mental health, including information about benefits and housing.
Health advice for people with existing health conditions
Health advice from the NHS with advice about Coronavirus and support for existing health conditions. Includes information for people with cancer, dementia and heart disease.
Worried about money and help with benefits
ICANN Benefit form filling support – for help filling in benefit forms including Personal Independence Payments (PIP 2) and a Work Capability form or review. Telephone 01772 746061 to book an appointment.
Support for people concerned about domestic abuse
Lancashire Victim Services- Support for victims of abuse, including financial abuse. Tel: 0300 3230085
Support for families
Support and advice about how to help young people who might be struggling with the current situation.
Support for carers
Information and advice for carers including lots of ways to keep connected with other people.
Become a volunteer
If you would like to become a volunteer and feel that buzz when you make someone else's day the Lancashire Volunteer Partnership is a good place to start.
Support for frontline health, care, emergency and key workers
Our Frontline offers round-the-clock one-to-one support, by phone or text, from trained volunteers, plus resources, tips and ideas to look after your mental health.
Sleepstation free access to a support team for key workers and NHS staff until the Coronavirus crisis is over (in partnership with NHS)
An online course to help people manage stress, anxiety and depression. You work through a series of topics selected by a therapist to address specific needs. The eight-week course is designed to be completed in your own time and at your own pace.
Big White Wall is a digital support and recovery service for people who are stressed, anxious, low or not coping. At the heart of Big White Wall is its community of members, who support and help each other share what’s troubling them in a safe and anonymous environment, with the guidance of trained professionals, who are online 24/7.
Apps and online tools
An App a Day (Orcha) – lots of Apps to choose from. Is there one here for you?
You can find a mental wellbeing podcast or audio guide to listen to in your own time in private, to help you through times when your mood is low or you're feeling anxious.
Meditation & mindfulness
- Mindful Breathing Exercise (NHS)
Try this mindful breathing exercise video to help you feel more calm and present.
- Breathing Exercise for Stress (NHS)
Here is a calming breathing technique for stress, anxiety and panic. It takes just a few minutes and can be done anywhere.
- Mindfulness can also help to reduce stress and improve mood. There are several mindfulness Apps available. Headspace is one you may find helpful. It's free for the first 10 days so you can see if it works for you.
You can download recommended books for common mental health conditions, including anxiety, depression, phobias and some eating disorders from Lancashire Libraries. There is a selection of books for children, young people and adults. Search #Read4Health on Twitter for more information.
Most people experience grief when they lose someone important to them. It affects everyone differently. There's no right or wrong way to feel. You may be finding it particularly difficult at the moment because of the changes in place to try to stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
You may feel that you need some extra help and support during this time. The following organisations and helplines offering bereavement services are there to help you.
NHS advice with links to resources you can try that may help in coping with bereavement.
Tel: 0800 2600 400
Provides immediate guidance if someone you know has died. The nurses on the helpline can give you advice, and practical support.
Tel: 0808 808 1677
Support, advice and information for children, young people and adults when someone dies.
Tel: 116 123
Freephone number providing a safe place for anyone struggling to cope, whoever they are, however they feel, whatever life has done to them. Available 24 hours a day, every day of the year
The UK's signposting website for bereaved people.
Helpful information form Lancashire County Council
Support For Children and Young People Who Have Been Bereaved
Tel: 08088 020 021
A Freephone National Helpline providing therapeutic advice on supporting a grieving child or young person after the death of a loved one.
Tel: 0800 02 888 40
Help for children, parents and families to rebuild their lives when a child dies. They support children and young people up to the age of 25 who are facing bereavement, and anyone affected by the death of a child of any age.
Tel: 0808 808 1677
Provides support for children and young people living after loss.
Tel : 0345 1232304
Telephone helpline, resources, and other forms of support for parents, siblings and other family members who have suffered the death of a child or children, of any age, and from any cause.
Tel: 0808 164 3332
Support for anyone who has been affected by the death of a baby. Whether your baby died long ago or recently, they are here for you. You can access free bereavement counselling using their GriefChat service.
Information, resources and support for people working with bereaved children, young people and their families across the UK.
Tel: 0808 808 2008
A free, confidential and emotional support service. The service uses male and female volunteers.
Organisations Offering Lancashire-based Support
Hospices also provide information and support for bereaved people
Here are links to the hospices in Lancashire. Find the one for the area in which you live. There are also hospices for children which also provide support. Contact the individual hospice for further details:
- East Lancashire
- Hospice Bereavement Service (Blackburn, Darwen, Hyndburn and Ribble Valley)
- Pendleside Hospice (Burnley and Pendle)
- Queenscourt Hospice (West Lancashire)
- Rossendale Hospice (Rossendale)
- St Catherine's Hospice (Chorley, Preston and South Ribble)
- St John's Hospice (Lancaster)
- Trinity Hospice (Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre)
The Bereavement Counselling Services (Ormskirk)
Tel: 01695 570 729
Provides free and confidential help to anyone who has been bereaved. Based in Ormskirk.
Bereavement Support Group (for children, young people and adults)
Tel: 01772 523730
Based at Royal Preston Hospital, Sharoe Green Lane, Fulwood, Preston, PR2 4HT.
Churches and Faith Groups
Church and Faith Groups
Your Church or Faith Group will be able to offer you support and may have bereavement support volunteers. Please contact them by telephone or email.
Lancashire Council of Mosques Bereavement Support Service
Tel: 01254 692289 or
07739 516 239
Qualified, trained volunteers are able to provide support.
The Partnership can help to put you in touch with support from members of your local faith community. You can contact them using the email form from this link.
Preston Muslim Burial Society
Tel: 01772 830328
Muslim faith based bereavement support group. Provided free by trained volunteers.
Muslim Burial Trust
(Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale)
Trained volunteers provide support for Muslim funerals from the announcement of death to the burial. Unfortunately we do not provide any bereavement support after the burial has taken place.
Please contact us by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Training video for suicide prevention
Here is some free on-line training from the Zero Suicide Alliance to help you identify when someone is presenting with suicidal thoughts/behaviours and provide support and signpost appropriately.
- Talk2me save a life (An introduction to suicide prevention. In just 10 minutes, you could learn life-saving skills.)
- Talk2me save a life (A more in depth suicide prevention training session which aims to give you the life-saving skills and confidence to help someone who may be considering suicide.
Positive Action in the Community (PAC) provides recommended face to face training if you are interested in developing skills to help people who may be considering suicide or young people who may need support with their mental health. These courses include:
Youth Mental Health First Aid Training: teaching about the warning signs of mental illness.
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST): a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid.
Safetalk: a half-day training course that prepares anyone over the age of 15, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper.
Owing to circumstances surrounding COVID-19 all training has been postponed at present.
If you are interested in any of our courses, please email email@example.com and we will contact you when courses become available again.
Comment for Charlotte - social isolation is an emerging mental health issue so we feel this is a service in its own right and needs to be included regardless of the Coronavirus situation.