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Local helpline here to support as part of World Mental Health Day (WMHD) 2016

Posted on the 3rd October 2016

Lancashire’s Wellbeing and Mental Health Helpline is raising awareness of mental health and the support services they provide across Lancashire.

The Wellbeing and Mental Health helpline is supporting World Mental Health Day (WMHD) by raising awareness and highlighting the importance of good mental health. The helpline is reminding people in Lancashire of the support service they provide and asking that anyone who is struggling or needs someone to listen to get in touch.

The helpline provides a listening ear for anyone feeling isolated, low or suffering from mental health problems. They also provide that need directs callers suffering from domestic violence, eating disorders or sleeping difficulties to additional services for support. The helpline can be contacted on 0800 915 4640 and is open Monday to Friday 7pm to 11pm and Saturday and Sunday 12 midday to 12 midnight.

Perri McGovern from the Wellbeing and Mental Health Helpline at the Trust said:

“We want to remind people that having good mental health is just as important as good physical health. There is so much stigma surrounding mental health and we want people to get in touch with us so that we can combat this. World Mental Health Day is a great opportunity for us to talk about the work we do and encourage all those people out there that there is no better time to open up and talk.”

The helpline deals with an array of people from different backgrounds all facing problems they feel unable to deal with.  The most request callers are those who are concerned about their mental health and just need someone to talk to. One caller testimonial states:

“I wouldn’t feel the way I do today without the Wellbeing and Mental Health Helpline. I called up 3 years ago when I was feeling extremely low and needed someone. I bottled up how I felt for a long time and couldn’t believe the instant feeling of relief when I first spoke to one of the operators. They listened to everything I had to say and pointed me in the right direction of the help I needed. Words can’t describe how grateful I am for their support and I hope my experience inspires anyone who is concerned about their health and wellbeing to get in touch.”

For more information about the Wellbeing and Mental Health Helpline, please visit www.lancs-mentalhealthhelpline.nhs.uk  or call on 0800 915 4640.