As part of Depression Awareness Week, Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust`s Wellbeing and Mental Health Helpline is encouraging people to get in touch if they are feeling low and want to talk.
Depression Awareness Week is a national campaign led by the charity Depression Alliance. The event takes place between 18 and 24 April 2016 aims to raise awareness of depression and break down the barriers surrounding mental health to reduce stigma and encourage people to seek help when they need it.
The Wellbeing and Mental Health Helpline provides an out of hours listening service for people across Lancashire. The helpline is open 365 days a year offering an out of hours service to people worried about their mental health or that of someone they care about. It offers confidential support and information to people who feel distressed and want someone to talk to or even just listen to them. It also offers wellbeing support for people who may be feeling low or in distress with issues ranging from phobias and sleep problems to domestic violence or bereavement problems.
Lorraine Khalaf, Wellbeing and Mental Health Helpline Manager at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:
"It is important that people who are feeling low don"t suffer in silence. We are here to provide a listening ear to anyone who is concerned about their mental health, or that of someone they know, and would like someone to talk to. We can signpost callers to relevant support services in their area and help them make the first steps to their improved health and wellbeing."
The helpline can be contacted on 0800 915 4640, Monday to Friday 7pm to 11pm and Saturday and Sunday 12 midday to 12 midnight.
You can find out more about the helpline, or to enquire about volunteering for the service, by visiting their website www.lancs-mentalhealthhelpline.nhs.uk. For more information about Depression Awareness Week, please visit www.depressionalliance.org.