There is a free listening service available for the local community in East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen to offer support and information for their health and wellbeing as well as mental health problems.
Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s mental health helpline is open 365 days a year offering an out of hours advice service and a listening ear for people who are feeling isolated or those worried about their mental health or that of someone they care about. The helpline offers confidential, emotional support and information to people who feel low or distressed and want someone to talk to or even just listen to them.
Lorraine Khalaf, Helpline Manager at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:
“The helpline is here for anyone who is feeling low, or who feels like they can’t talk to friends or family about their worries, as well as people with mental health problems. It can be difficult to pick up the phone but don’t worry if you don’t know what to say as we’re here to help.
“We understand that sometimes life can be difficult and there are a number of things that can make people feel down, talking to someone can really help.”
Dr Chris Clayton, Clinical Chief Officer of NHS Blackburn with Darwen CCG, added:
“Depression is quite common and affects about one in 10 of us at some point. It affects men and women, young and old. It’s great that people in East Lancashire have a dedicated service for them to call for help and advice.
Do not suffer alone. It’s important to seek help from your GP if you think you may be depressed. Many people wait a long time before seeking help for depression, but it’s best not to delay. The sooner you see a doctor, the sooner you can be on the way to recovery.”
The helpline can be contacted on Freephone 0500 639000 and is open Monday to Friday 7pm – 11pm and Saturday to Sunday 12 midday to 12 midnight. It’s completely free to call and the number will not appear on the caller’s phone bill. To find out more about the helpline please visit www.lancs-mentalhealthhelpline.nhs.uk