Mental Health Support

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Self-Refer to Talking Therapies

Everyone aged 16+ living in Lancashire can get mental health support for depression/anxiety without seeing their GP first. Talking Therapies are a psychological therapy service offering a range of free talking therapies to people aged 16 and over in Lancashire.

Mental Health Crisis Line

If you need urgent help as you are in mental health distress, then there is always someone you can call.

The Mental Health Crisis line is staffed by trained mental health professionals who are able to provide assessment and referrals to appropriate services – ring it if you need to access services or for advice about someone who needs treatment/support.

Website: Crisis Line :: Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust ( | Telephone: 0800 953 0110 | Available: 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

Mental Health Services & Resources

Adullam Programme

Based at Hope Church, Lancaster the Adullam Programme offers support to those who need it most. Courses are available to support with bereavement, anxiety, debt, employment and more.

Website: | Telephone: 07449 373979 / 07861 653978

Age UK

Age UK can help older people who are at home and need a little extra support with their wellbeing. 

Website: | Telephone: 0800 678 1602 | Availability: 8am til 7pm, every day of the year.

Andy’s Man Club

Talking groups for men who have been through a storm, are currently going through a storm or have a storm brewing in life.

The nearest club location is in Preston.

Website: Andys Man Club | #ITSOKAYTOTALK |

Anxiety UK     

Help for those suffering with anxiety disorders.

Telephone: 08444 775 775 (weekdays 9am – 5.30pm) | Text service: 07537 416 905 | Website:

At a Loss

Help and support for anyone bereaved and those supporting them.

Website: Signposting Bereaved People to Support. (

CAMHS Resources

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

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)

The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) works to prevent male suicide and offers support services for any man who is struggling or in crisis.

Website: | Telephone: 0800 58 58 58 | Available: 5pm til midnight every day.

Child Bereavement UK

Support for children and young people who are grieving and specific advice in relation to COVID-19. 

Website: | Email: [email protected] | Helpline: 0800 0288 840 | Availability: Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm (except Bank Holidays).

The Cornerstone Lancaster

The Cornerstone is part of Lancaster Methodist Church and is a community of people working together to create a safe place in the city. They host a range of support groups, including bereavement support and a masculinity group.


Every Mind Matters

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

Website: | Availability: Online only 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

Family Line    

Family Line provides a listening ear, answer particular parenting questions or help with guidance around more complex family issues.          

Telephone: 0808 802 6666 | Text message: 07537 404 282 | Email: [email protected] | Website: | Out of hours: Text FAMILYACTION to 85258.

First Step – South Cumbria

First Step South Cumbria is part of Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust and provides free, talking therapies to adults (18+) in South Cumbria.

First Step can help with a range of common mental health problems including mild to moderate depression, anxiety disorders (such as chronic worry, panic attacks, health anxiety and obsessions), anger or sleep problems.


Growing Well

We provide activity-focussed, practical mental health support and training to people in South Cumbria and North Lancashire through volunteer work, confidence-building courses, and horticulture training at out organic fruit and vegetable farm near Kendal. We welcome self-referrals as well as referrals from health professionals.

Website: | Telephone: 07903 013648 for self-referral inquiries | Available: 9am-4pm Monday-Thursday or leave a message, or email [email protected].

Healthy Young Minds

Self-help materials, resources and guidance. 

Website: | Availability: Online only 24 hours a day, every day of the year

Information for children and young people | Information for parents and carers | Information for professionals


Inspire works with individuals and their loved ones, empowering them to reduce or abstain from alcohol or drugs.

Website: | Telephone: 01254 495 382 (Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm​​​​).


Safe and anonymous online counselling and support for young people (under 18). Articles, chat to counsellors, community support and journaling.

Website: | Available: Monday to Friday,12pm til 10pm. Saturday and Sunday, 6pm til 10pm.

Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust (LSCFT) text service 

A confidential and anonymous service that aims to support the people of Lancashire and South Cumbria’s wellbeing and mental health by providing emotional support to people who prefer to communicate by text.

Website: Text HELLO to: 07860 022846

Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust (LSCFT) Wellbeing and Mental Health Line 

The Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust Wellbeing and Mental Health Helpline is a freephone, out of hours, person-centred listening environment for people requiring emotional support in relation to their own mental health or that of someone they know.

Website: | Telephone: 0800 915 4640 Available: Monday – Friday 7pm until 11pm. Saturday – Sunday 12pm until Midnight.

Lancashire Women

A leading charity, with an average of 8000 Lancashire women accessing their services each year. They empower women to live safer, happier and more positive lives.

Website: | Telephone: 0300 330 1354 | Email: [email protected].

Lancaster Men’s Hub

A local charity created to support men of all ages in the Lancaster area with their physical and mental health



Men’s mental health charity. Changing people’s thoughts, opinions and minds about men and mental health.

Website: MANUP? Mens Mental Health Charity, Depression and Anxiety Campaign


1 in 4 of us will experience poor mental health. We’re here to help you understand and look after your mental health and wellbeing.

Website: and  | Available: Online only, information and signposting.


Welcome to Mindsmatter – we are a wellbeing service offering a range of free psychological therapies to people aged 16 and over in Lancashire. We are part of the nationwide Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service delivered by Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust.

All treatment is FREE and provided by the NHS and their partners.


My Black Dog

My Black Dog is a charity that offers peer-to-peer support for people who are struggling with their mental health. All volunteers are people wo have lived experienced of their own mental health battles. Free, online chat service available every day.

Website: My Black Dog | Free Online Mental Health Chat Support

MyTime Cumbria (Barnardos) Primary Care Mental Health Service

MyTime has put in place a new model of working throughout Cumbria, to provide support during the COVID-19 Pandemic. All new referrals will have a Primary Assessment Meeting online, through an approved platform, or by telephone as part of a three-stage process.

The administration team will continue to allocate assessments as referrals are received. Those who are currently receiving a service will continue via telephone. Young people who have been contacted are continuing their interventions with the practitioners allocated to them.

Referrals can be made directly by contacting MyTime on the number below.

Telephone: 01539 742626 (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm) | Email: [email protected].


Website: | Telephone (Childline – children and young people): 0800 1111 | Telephone (adults concerned about a child): 0808 800 5000 | Available: 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

No Panic       

Organisation which helps people who suffer from panic attacks, phobias, OCD, and other related anxiety disorders.

Youth helpline: 0330 606 1174 (Weekdays 3pm – 6pm) | Website:


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

Website: | Telephone: 0800 068 41 41 | Text: 07786 209697 | Available: Monday to Friday, 10am til 10pm. Saturday and Sunday, 2pm til 10pm. Bank holidays, 2pm til 5pm.

Positive Futures

Host a range of social groups and courses focussed on improving mental health.


Red Rose Recovery

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

Website: | Availability: Online only 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

Richmond Fellowship

A range of mental health support services.



We provide a safe place for anyone struggling to cope, whoever they are, however they feel, whatever life has done to them.

Website: | Telephone: 116 123 | Availability: 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

SAFA Self Harm Awareness for All Support Service

From Monday 13th April 2020, SAFA Cumbria will be using a team of trained counsellors to provide telephone support for ANYONE in Cumbria who is anxious, isolated or worried about COVID-19. Your details will be taken, a counsellor will then be assigned who will call you back. All calls are confidential, and we only need your first name and a contact number.

Telephone: 01229 832269

Talk Me Happy

‘Talk Me Happy’ is Lancashire BME Network’s umbrella term for their talking services. Sitting under this is ‘Side by Side’: Bereavement & Befriending service, and ‘Step by Step’: Counselling service.

After the sessions have been completed, individuals are signposted/referred on to the counselling service (‘Step by Step’) or towards an extensive network of specialist services. 

Website: | Telephone: 01254 392974

The Brain Charity – Free counselling for those with neurological conditions

The Brain Charity offers free eight-week counselling courses to anyone with a neurological condition, as well as their carers, family members and friends. They offer a range of psychotherapies, including CBT, person-centred and integrated.

Website: Free counselling and mental health support – The Brain Charity | Telephone: 0800 008 6417

The Mix

The mix is an under 25’s helpline, online, social or telephone service for any challenges young people might be facing – from mental health to homelessness or money problems.

Telephone: 0808 808 4994 | Text: THEMIX to 85258 | Website:

The Silver Line

The Silver Line is the only free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.  

Website: Telephone: 0800 4 70 80 90 | Availability: 24 hours a day, every day of the year.


Togetherall is a safe, online community where people support each other anonymously to improve mental health and wellbeing.

Millions of people in the UK have access via their participating employer, university, college, NHS provider or local council. All armed forces personnel, veterans and their families (16+) also have free access.


Young Minds

Parents’ Information Service gives advice to parents or carers who may be concerned about the mental health or emotional wellbeing of a child or young person.

Website: | Telephone: 0808 802 55 44 | Availability: Monday to Friday, 12pm til 10pm.

Page last reviewed: November 7th, 2023
Next review due: February 19th, 2023