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The Wellbeing and Mental Health Helpline is here to support during the festive period

Posted on the 2nd December 2016

The Lancashire Wellbeing and Mental Health helpline is here to listen, support and talk to people who are feeling low, worried about their mental health or concerned about someone they care about this Christmas.

For most people, Christmas is a fun filled time of year which is often spent celebrating at parties with loved ones. For others however, it is a difficult time filled with anxiety, loneliness and sadness. Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s Wellbeing and Mental Health Helpline is open 365 days a year and offers a confidential, listening, support service for people who are feeling distressed, lonely or struggling with their mental health. The helpline also offers wellbeing advice and support for people who may be worried about someone they care about.

Sarah Foxton, Helpline Information Coordinator at the Wellbeing and Mental Health Helpline at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:

“We recognise that Christmas can be an extremely difficult time of year for some people, often there is immense financial pressure, family problems and even loss. Lots of people tend to over indulge on food and drink and of course there is the cold, dark weather.

“The Wellbeing and Mental Health Helpline is here to offer confidential support and information to people in Lancashire who are feeling low, distressed and concerned about their mental health or that of a friend of family member. We also provide general wellbeing advice to callers who may just need a chat or signposting in the right direction.

“No one should suffer alone or feel as though they have no one to talk to, we are hear to listen and want anyone who is suffering this Christmas to get in touch.”

During the festive season the Wellbeing and Mental Health helpline will be operating as usual with the exception of:

Christmas Eve 7pm – 11pm

Christmas Day 7pm – 11pm

New Years Eve 7pm – 11pm

New Years Day 7pm – 11pm. 

People can access the service and speak to an advisor on Freephone 0800 915 4640. For more information on the Wellbeing and Mental Health helpline please visit www.lancs-mentalhealthhelpline.nhs.uk.