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
Contact the Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Mental Health Crisis Line (available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week) by calling 0800 953 0110.
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.
Available Monday to Friday 7pm to 11pm and Saturday to Sunday 12pm to midnight. Freephone 0800 9154640, or text Hello to 07860 022 846. You can also use the site to send a message.
Mental Health check-up for 13-25 year olds in Lancashire.
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.
Search for local mental health services on the Lancashire and South Cumbria mental health services map.
The Google Maps based system lists all the organisations working locally, and allows you to search for your closest service or for specific types of support.
You can use the interactive map to find:
- your closest mental health service
- most age-appropriate service (for example for younger or older people)
- language translation or interpretation facilities
- opening hours for mental health services (24 hour support for example)
- different types of support (for example, bereavement services, counselling, practical support)
The map also includes countywide services.
- Dementia café - Greater Preston: 3rd Tuesday of every month, 10am-12pm, Christ Church Hall, Victoria Road, Fulwood, Preston PR2 8NE.
Dementia cafe - Greater Preston
- Dementia café Chorley: Hollinshead Street Church, Hollinshead Street, Chorley PR7 1EP 2nd Thursday of every month 2-4pm
Dementia cafe - Chorley
- Dementia café- South Ribble: 4th Thursday of every month, 1.30–3.30pm, Penwortham Community Centre, Kingsfold Drive Penwortham, Preston PR1 9EQ Dementia cafe - South Ribble
- Memory café Garstang: twice monthly and free at the Methodist Church Windsor Road
Singing For The Brain Greater Preston: Singing for the Brain - Greater Preston
Many people face financial worries which can affect happiness, health (such as anxiety, depression and loss of sleep) and performance at work.
There are services that can support you if you need help with your bills or debt advice. It can also help to understand how mental health and money are connected.
Here are some places you can look for more information:
Our benefits and financial help section has information about benefits you might be entitled to and advice on managing your energy bills.
The Lancashire and South Cumbria Health and Care Partnership - Cost of living crisis webpage has lots of advice if you're worried about money.
MoneyHelper is a free service provided by the Money and Pensions Service, helping people to clear their debts, reduce spending and make the most of their income.
The PayPlan website has advice to improve your relationship with money and take control of your financial future.
On the Mind webpage - The link between money and mental health you can learn how worries about money can have an impact on your mental health, and your mental health can affect how you manage your money. There's also tips for getting to know your money and mood patterns.
The Money Saving Expert mental health guide includes how to handle debts when unwell, working with banks, where to access free debt counselling, specific tips for bipolar disorder or depression sufferers and whether to declare a condition.
The Lancashire Mind Money and Me programme is a free 6-week programme to give you the skills and confidence to manage your mental health when you are experiencing money problems.
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 and 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: 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
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 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.
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: 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.
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
- Gateway training (An introduction to suicide prevention. In just 10 minutes, you could learn life-saving skills.)
- Step up training (A 10 minute introduction as to how social isolation impacts on our mental health)..
- In depth suicide awareness training (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 (currently on hold, e-mail email@example.com) for more information).