Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s Wellbeing and Mental Health Helpline and Mindsmatter Service are encouraging local residents to get in touch if they need a listening ear this Father’s Day.
Losing a parent is one of the most stressful and significant events that a person can experience and it is extremely common to struggle to manage feelings of grief. People may have lost their loved ones through a number of ways including death, a break down in marriage or they may have never had a father in their lives and feel sad and lonely around this time. Certain holidays, including Father’s Day, can be a painful reminder of the people we dearly miss and mean that we often find it difficult to cope.
Lancashire’s dedicated helpline provides a confidential support service for people who are feeling distressed, lonely or struggling with their mental health or just need someone to talk to. The service is open Monday to Friday 7pm to 11pm and Saturday and Sunday 12 midday to 12 midnight.
The Trust’s Mindsmatter service provides talking therapies for adults aged 16 and over who are experiencing common mental health issues such as anxiety, depression and stress. The teams offer a variety of different interventions and support including stress management courses, development courses, supported online programmes, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and counselling.
Lorraine Khalaf, Wellbeing and Mental Health Helpline Manager at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, said:
“When a father or father figure passes away, for some people it can be one of greatest losses that they will ever experience and one of the most difficult things to come to terms with. People that are experiencing bereavement will go through a range of emotions as they adjust to this enormous life change.
“For some people, times such as Father’s Day can be particularly tough and with this in mind, we want to reassure people living in Lancashire that it is okay to not be okay. We understand that these special days can evoke more memories and feelings than usual and so the Wellbeing and Mental Health Helpline is here to support anyone who needs to talk and share how they are feeling.”
Kieran Fleck, PWP Lead Mindsmatter at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, said:
“Father’s Day can bring up a lot of thoughts, feelings and memories, some good and some not so good. It is important to know that however strong we feel we need to be, there is no shame in asking for help to look after ourselves. Mindsmatter can help with this to reach goals and improve wellbeing though tried and tested strategies and talking therapy. If you think Mindsmatter could help you, please contact us through our website ”
For more information about the Wellbeing and Mental Health Helpline please visit and for more information about the Mindsmatter Service please visit .