Mental Health Awareness and Services


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

Richmond fellowship

A range of mental health support services.


Loneliness is an issue that can affect us all, young or old, at any point in our lives. We might live in a busy city or a rural location, on our own or with others and still feel isolated.

You should not blame yourself for feeling like you are struggling, now or at any other time. For more information click the image above 

Positive minds

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.

healthy young minds

Online self-help materials, resources and guidance.  Available: 24 hours a day, daily.

big white wall

An online counselling service for over 16s.
Available: 24 hours a day, daily.


Safe and anonymous online counselling and support for young people.


Support for people dealing with suicide, depression or emotional distress – particularly teenagers and young adults.

Tel: 0800 068 41 41 Text: 07786 209697

Available: weekdays 10am-10pm; weekends 2-10pm; bank hol: 2-5pm. LanguageLine support available.

young minds

Advice for parents / carers concerned about the mental health of a child or young person.

Tel: 0808 802 55 44 Available: weekdays 12-10pm. 24/7 Crisis Messenger: text YM to 85258. LanguageLine support available.


Working to prevent male suicide. Support for men struggling or in crisis.

Tel: 0800 58 58 58 Available: 5pm-12am, daily.


Helping you understand and look after your mental health and wellbeing.

Available: Online only.


Wellbeing and mental health helpline supporting people’s mental health or that of someone they know.

Tel: 0800 915 4640 Available: 24 hours a day, daily.

the mix

Under 25s’ Helpline for any challenges young people might be facing.

Tel: 0808 808 4994 Available: 4-11pm, daily. Or text: THEMIX to 85258 (24/7).

silver line

A free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people.

Tel: 0800 470 80 90 Available: 24/7.

age uk

Helping older people who are at home and need a little extra support with their wellbeing.

Tel: 0800 678 1602 Available: 8am-7pm, daily. Language support on Thursday.

texting service

Confidential and anonymous service supporting wellbeing and mental health for people who prefer to text.

Text HELLO to 07860 022846.

every mind matters

Practical advice - from how to deal with stress and anxiety, to boosting our mood or sleeping better.

Available: Online only 24/7.

red rose recovery

Supporting adults recovering from addiction and with mental health/dual diagnosis.

Available: Online only 24/7.

minds matter

Psychological therapy via telephone / video conference or online support.


home start

Emotional support for families across East Lancashire.


charile waller memorial trust

Resources to equip young people to look after their mental wellbeing.


Supporting recovery and continued sobriety of alcoholics.


mental health foundation

Advice on how to look after your mental health during Coronavirus.



Educational resource for adults on children’s mental health.

child line

Private and confidential service where children can talk about anything.

no panic

Helping people who suffer from panic attacks, and other anxiety disorders.

Tel: 0330 606 1174 Available: weekdays 3-6pm

Anxiety UK

Helping those suffering with anxiety disorders.

Tel: 08444 775 775 Availability: weekdays 9:30am – 5.30pm. Or text 07537 416 905.


Preventing child abuse, protecting children.

Tel: 0800 1111 (children and young people); Tel: 0808 800 5000 (to report abuse). Interpretation available. Available: 24 hours a day, daily.

family action

A listening ear for parenting questions and guidance around complex family issues.

Tel: 0808 802 6666 Available: daily 9am-9pm or text FAMILYACTION to 85258 (24/7)

we are Lancashire women

Projects to improve your mood, build confidence, feel better about your mental and have better relationships.

Tel:0300 330 1354



MyTime: Emotional health and wellbeing support to children and young people living across Cumbria

Tel: 01539 742626
Available: weekdays 9am – 5pm.


SAFA Cumbria uses trained counsellors to provide support for anyone in Cumbria who is anxious, isolated or worried about COVID-19.

Tel: 01229 832269 Available: weekdays 9am-5pm

reading well

Reading Well’s shelf-help: free-to-borrow library books to help you cope with the pressures of life.


Helpful resources that are available to help support your mental health and well-being.



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.


To learn more about CANW and what we stand for, visit