Mental Health Awareness

Below you will find a list of mental health support resources available across Lancashire and South Cumbria. To find out more, click the images to follow the links or make a call.

Dial 999 if you have seriously harmed yourself

New Mental Health Helpline

New Mental Health Helpline: 0800 013 0707

To access the service just ring the Free Phone number: 0800 013 0707

This new approach to accessing mental health services for those 16 years or older is made up of a team of Call Handlers and Mental Health Practitioners who take calls and manage referrals from patients, service users, families, carer’s and professionals, aiming to ensure callers are connected to the right professional in a timely manner. The team may arrange for you to receive support over the phone or for a mental health practitioner to see you at home, at a GP practice or another mutually agreed place to allow further information about current mental health needs to be gathered. Information about other services that could assist will also be shared, if appropriate.

We are a local community group providing support over 4 strands of work –

1. Health and well-being

2. Education and Employment

3. Environmental Resilience

4. Youth Work


Health and well-being is at the core of all we do. We aim to implement positive health and resilience in emotional well-being through adapting the 5 Ways of well-being in our deliveries. We support the BAME communities, hard to reach and socially isolated individuals, those with learning difficulties and learning disabilities.


We have a confidential 24 hour help-line operating to provide a non-judgemental support service to those who feel low in mood, motivation and struggle with their mental health. Our staff are able to speak in over 7 languages, with confidence in Urdu, Punjabi, Gujarati and Hindi. The Covid-19 pandemic has brought about many uncertain emotions and overwhelming thoughts & moods. Our staff members have thoroughly supported over 700 calls, creating a friendship between callers struggling, aiming to develop their emotions, create goals and plans to develop confidence to gain control of the situation, and signposting accordingly to supporting organisations. We understand that we can all help our loved ones and community members get through crisis, and in this current climate - the global pandemic. But as we take action to support others, we understand it is also vital that we take the time to support and care for ourselves.


For mental health awareness week, we campaign for Self-Care and raising awareness on mental health and well-being. Self-care comes in a variety of forms. Self-care can be as simple as taking a deep breath when you notice you are becoming stressed. By maintaining your physical & mental health, you will likely be better equipped to handle the stressors that come along with supporting someone you care about. We are able to provide additional resources, courses and support for the community, in an inclusive, holistic and non-judgemental manner. Furthermore, we offer a range of support plans for those feeling low in mood, vulnerable, facing mental health problems or affected by someone’s suicide.

In addition to this, we have started to strengthen our Environmental Resilience strand – providing free online & friendly groups to expand knowledge and experience with all things Eco & Green! From gardening to less wastage and food resilience, we cover it all. Our groups aim to improve the local environment, as well as allowing individuals an opportunity to gain confidence, improve emotional well-being and develop new hobbies as well as friends. For our environmental resilience sessions and projects, we emphasise that participants don’t need any gardening knowledge or expertise. We are keen to involve all sections of our community, and we are open to ideas and suggestions for individual and community benefit. We are enthusiastic amateurs with a varied range of knowledge and experience!

Child Action Northwest is a regional charity with a big heart, offering support to children, young people and communities. Founded 130 years ago, we support over 10,000 children, young people and families across the North and West of England every year; those facing poverty, violence, abuse, neglect, mental health issues and family breakdown. We believe that no child or family should face these issues alone.

From fostering to supporting emotional health, community support to building new skills and social networks, we work to ensure children, young people and families can access the range of services they need, enabling them to lead healthy and meaningful lives, succeed in school and work, maintain healthy relationships and enjoy life.

Our services providing Mental Health and Wellbeing Support in Blackburn with Darwen are as follow:

Our Young Carers project supports children and young people aged between 5 and 25 who are carrying the care burden at home. They may be looking after parents or siblings, helping them cope with illness, mental health issues, or even substance abuse problems. We are their advocate, their defender, their comfort. We are their voice when they need it.

Our Emotional Health and Wellbeing service offers a wide range of therapeutic support to children, young people and families facing issues that can change rapidly, usually impacting negatively on their overall development, educational attainment and life outcomes. People come with a wide range of issues including loss and bereavement, domestic abuse, anxiety and depression, trauma and self harming behaviour.

Our Invest in Youth project aims to transform the futures of young people aged between 15 & 24 who have issues in their lives that are getting in the way of them finding employment. We focus on participants with mental or physical health difficulties, who are homeless, have disabilities or may be full time carers.

Our Complex Leaving Care service developed a bespoke model that is able to meet the unique needs of each person leaving care. We offer a differentiated model of supported accommodation which includes safe, supportive and nurturing placements within a family environment as well as personalised floating support packages for young people that want to live independently.


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