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Mental Health

Healthy Minds





Our Healthy Minds website provides an array of helpful information and services for common mental health issues such as; depression, self-harm, eating disorders, anxiety, bereavement, debt and much more. Many people experience some of these issues at some point in their lives and the Healthy Minds website is there to help provide a support service when needed.

Visit the website at: http://www.eastlancshealthyminds.co.uk/

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) / Talking Therapies

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT), is a programme that was introduced by NHS England in 2008 to improve access to treatment and services by providing faster access to talking therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

The IAPT service provides evidence based treatments for people aged 16+ with mild to moderate anxiety and depression (implementing NICE Guidelines). The service is also available to help patients manage the psychological and emotional impact of long term health conditions e.g. COPD, diabetes.

Treatments may be delivered as part of a group, online or on a one to one basis. Once an assessment has been completed a therapist will speak to the patient about treatment options. Patients are able to self-refer and will receive an assessment without needing to see their GP first.

Conditions treated include:

Adjustment issues e.g. retirement, redundancy, disability
Dealing with diagnosis and living with health conditions/long term conditions e.g. COPD, diabetes
Low self-esteem/confidence
Mild to moderate anxiety or depression
Poor sleep
Pre & post-natal depression (perinatal)
Relationship issues
Work stress

As a patient you can refer yourself to one of the services. Services are provided by Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust or Lancashire Women, as detailed below.

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust – you can contact your local team or complete the online self-referral form at: https://gateway.mayden.co.uk/referral-v2/07681012-dcbe-4194-acf6-e09a9ce2929d

Lancashire Women is a leading charity for women in Lancashire with over 8500 women accessing their services over the past year and highly skilled volunteers supporting delivery of their services. Our vision is where all women in Lancashire are valued and treated as equals. We empower women to be able to transform their lives by bringing them together to: find their voice, share experiences and understanding, develop their knowledge and skills and challenge stereotypes and misconceptions about them…so that they can have choices in becoming the individuals they want to be. We work across five sites and from our three female only centres and working in outreach venues to provide free services and a safe, dedicated space for women across the county. Whatever your needs, you can drop in to our local centres any time between the weekday hours of 10am and 3pm. (Please note: For men accessing our mental health services we offer specific appointments off site or out of our core hours.) Our main programmes are: Mental Health & Wellbeing, Employment & Skills Support, Money, Debt & Benefit Advice and Justice & Safety. *during Covid-19 all our services are now available online and by phone.

Accrington Centre: 21-23 Blackburn Rd, Accrington, BB5 1HF
Burnley Centre: 04 Nicholas St, Burnley, BB11 2EU Tel. 01282 429672

Email: TalkToUs@lancashirewomen.org

Tel. 0300 330 1354

To refer online: https://www.lancashirewomen.org/referralform.html


The ‘Living Well’ service is delivered in partnership by Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust’s Mindsmatter service and Lancashire Women covering Blackburn with Darwen and East Lancashire.

Mental and physical health are intrinsically linked and there is clear evidence that the presence of Long term health conditions (LTCs) and Medically Unexplained Symptoms (MUS) markedly increases the risk of a comorbid mental health problem and vice versa.

What is ‘Living Well’?

A team of CBT i.e. Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners and High Intensity Therapists
Deliver Talking Therapies through groups and 1-1 sessions
Based in GP practices and other community settings
We offer our services in these settings to increase access for patients to achieve best outcomes
Based on the IAPT Stepped Care model

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Mental Health Services Map

Health organisations in Lancashire and South Cumbria have worked together to develop this interactive map of mental health services.

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, to help you get appropriate care.