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Mental health

Mental health is affected by many cultural, social, economic and environmental factors. To improve your mental health and wellbeing there are lots of resources available to support you to develop the skills to feel good.

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Our Lancashire Wellbeing Service supports people to achieve the five ways to wellbeing. This service is for anyone from the age of 18 upwards.

Lancashire Wellbeing Service provides a 'wellbeing' assessment followed by up to eight sessions of one-to-one practical support.  The sessions are designed to help you access community resources such as motivational or confidence courses, gym or exercise groups, volunteering, training, supported employment schemes, advice and information, self-help or peer support groups, counselling, complimentary therapies and social or leisure activities. The service can also provide home visits for anyone who is house bound or feeling socially isolated.

Contact Lancashire Wellbeing Service: 03450 138208

Adult Social Care  If you need more support you can find out what's available in our social care sections
Welfare Rights Money and mental health are often linked. Our Welfare Rights team are here to help you if you are finding yourself in difficulties claiming your benefits Benefits advice You can also find online help from Mind (a mental health charity) 
Books on Prescription Books on Prescription is a national scheme that aims to help people manage their own wellbeing. Books can be  reserved and borrowed for free from any of Lancashire County Council's libraries.  Books available cover helpful information and self-help techniques for managing common conditions that include: Anger ~ Anxiety ~ Depression ~ Eating ~ Fatigue ~ Health ~ OCD ~ Pain ~ Panic ~ Phobias ~ Relationships ~ Self-esteem ~ Shyness ~ Sleep ~ Stress ~ Worry.
Reading for Health

 A new national scheme will make a selection of books available across Lancashire to help people living with long-term health issues improve their health and wellbeing through self-help reading.

The scheme 'Reading Well for Long-Term Conditions' has been developed from the successful Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme, in collaboration with leading health organisations and people living with health conditions and their carers. The books cover specific conditions including diabetes, stroke and asthma, as well as common symptoms including pain and fatigue which can affect your mental health and well-being.

Under the scheme, 28 self-help books will be available in all Lancashire libraries. All of these recommended titles provide adults with advice, information and support to help them to understand and manage the physical and mental symptoms of living with a long term condition.

Minds Matters  Promote increasing access to psychological therapies (IAPT) and work with adults from the age of 16 upwards.  
Samaritans Helpline   Providing a safe place for you to talk 0845 790 9090
Mental Health Helpline 

A listening, information and emotional support service for those concerned about their own mental health, or that of someone they know.  

0800 915 4640 (Mon-Fri 7pm-11pm, Sat and Sun 12 midday to 12 midnight)


A mental health charity providing an A-Z of online support

Lancashire Mind  

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

Online Support

Silvercloud  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  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. 

Online Advice

Mental Health Foundation 
Time To Change
NHS Choices 


We currently commission Positive Action in the Community (PAC) to facilitate and deliver mental health training. 

Training areas include:

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training; teaching about the warning signs of mental illness.

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid developed by Living Works.

Safetalk; A half-day alertness training developed by Living Works that prepares anyone over the age of 15, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. Since its development in 2006, safeTALK has been used in over 20 countries around the world.