Accessing mental health support in Fylde 

Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust provides 24 hour access to mental health care, advice, support and treatment. By calling 0800 0130 709, you can speak to a member of the team and discuss your current mental health needs.

You can download the information on this page as a PDF.

Who can access the mental health services?

Anyone who lives within the Fylde Coast and surrounding areas who feels that they need urgent mental health care or has an enquiry about their routine care. 

Areas include the following, but this is not an exhaustive list:

  • Blackpool
  • Kirkham
  • St Annes-on-the-Sea
  • Elswick
  • Pilling and surrounding villages
  • Lytham
  • Ansdell
  • Thornton Cleveleys
  • Wesham
  • Wyre
  • Clifton

You can contact us direct. You do not need to have used any mental health services before or previously been diagnosed with a mental health problem.

Not only can you call us direct, a friend, carer or family member can also call the team if they are concerned for your wellbeing.

You can also be referred by your GP, social care professional or a voluntary organisation.

If you urgently need specialist advice, even if you have not been diagnosed with a mental health problem, you can still talk to a member of the team who can advise you. Call 0800 0130 709

What kind of help can I expect?

We will work with you, your family and other agencies to allow quick access to services that will support you.

Our team is made up of qualified mental health clinicians and experienced support staff skilled in talking to people in distress and providing guidance to help you manage the situation and your feelings. They have information on all the health, social and voluntary services available to support you. They will be able to refer you or make you anappointment if it is needed.

From our conversation with you, a member of the team may arrange for you to receive support over the phone or for a mental health practitioner to see you at home, at a GP practice or another mutually agreed place toallow us to gather further information about your current mental health needs. We can also offer you information about other services that could assist you at this time.

The team is supported by clinicians from specialist areas of care such as:

  • Children's and young people's mental health services
  • Learning disabilities services
  • Eating disorder services
  • Older people's services
  • Community Mental Health Team
  • Memory Assessment Service

The team recognise that some people need to be seen quickly and in these cases we will aim to provide a telephone response within an hour and, if needed, a face-to-face appointment that same day. The mental health practitioner who attends will help you to work out what support you need and be able to give you advice and information. If they think that you need extra support and help from mental health services they will be able to organise this for you.

What about confidentiality 

Everyone in the Initial Response Service contact centre and Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust works to very strict rules about confidentiality; however, there may be instances where it may be necessary to share information with other professionals. If you have any concerns about confidentiality, please talk to a member of staff.

We will keep a record of your contact with our service and also provide your GP with a summary of your contact with us.

For further details on how your information is stored, please visit our access to health records page.


If you need an interpreter, please let us know and we will arrange this for you.

Travel Information

For details of local transport, including timetables, please visit Lancashire County Council’s website and Blackpool Borough Council's website.

What if I have a comment, suggestion, compliment or complaint about the service?

If you want to make a comment, suggestion, compliment, or complaint you can:

  • talk to the people directly involved in your care
  • ask a member of staff for a feedback form or visit our contact us page
  • telephone PALS: 0800 234 6088

We are always looking at ways to improve our services. Your feedback allows us to monitor the quality of our services and act upon issues that you bring to our attention.

How do I contact the service?

You can contact the team by calling 0800 0130 709. The team are available 24 hours a day, including weekends and bank holidays.

If you are part of the deaf community and need to access Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust’s mental health services whether for urgent or routine care, the support of a BSL interpreter is available and they will help you to communicate with our call handlers or mental health practitioners. 

Connect to a BSL Interpreter here

Useful local contacts for Fylde residents

Wellbeing and Mental Health Helpline

Telephone (Freephone number): 0800 915 4640

Text Service: Text HELLO to 07860 022 846 (standard rate)

Monday to Friday 7pm - 11pm

Saturday and Sunday: noon to midnight

Citizens Advice Bereau

Free advice service to inform people of their rights and responsibilities. Specialist advice available for disabled people and their carers such as money advice, employment, housing and homelessness.

Telephone: 0808 278 7818

Welfare Rights Service

Free confidential advice and help with benefit problems. They do no longer assist with filling out of forms.

Blackpool Telephone: 01253 523 178

Fylde and Wyre Telephone: 0300 123 6739

Lancashire Wellbeing Service (Lancashire County Council)

Support and information service on practical matters such as; Health and fitness, home and garden, home and community safety, learning and leisure, finance, mobility, transport, community groups and involvement, relationships and families, employment volunteering and training.

Telephone: 03450 138 208

Visit the LCC website

Marriage Care

A national charity specialising in couple’s relationships by offering relationship education initiatives, marriage preparation services and relationship counselling.

Telephone: 0800 389 3801 to find your nearest centre

Visit the Marriage Care website


Relate offers advice, relationship counselling, sex therapy, workshops, mediation, consultations and support face-to-face, by phone and through the website.

Trust House Lancashire

Provide specialist support services to women, men and children affected by rape and sexual abuse in Lancashire.

Telephone: 01772 825 288


Fylde Coast Women's AID

Supporting individuals on the Fylde Coast to live their lives free from abuse, for males and females.

Telephone: 01253 596 699


Can provide support to anyone who has been affected by suicide.

Visit the AMPARO website.

Talking Therapies

Offer a variety of services in Fylde and Wyre suited to your needs. Arange of interactive and non-interactive courses to help you manage stress, anxiety and low-mood.

Telephone: 01253 955 943

Supporting Minds

Offer a variety of services in Blackpool suited to your needs. A range of interactive and non-interactive courses to help you manage stress, anxiety and low-mood.

Telephone: 01253 955 700

Fylde Coast Light Lounge Crisis Recovery

The Light Lounge is a welcoming and non-judgemental place for individuals struggling socially and emotionally with life challenges or who are in crisis. Our team offer interactive one-to-one and group support.

Telephone: 0800 953 0110


Free to people in Blackpool Fylde and Wyre who are experiencingemotional of psychological distress.

Visit the Togetherall website.

Veteran's Gateway

A single point of access for veterans to access local services. Includes information on the Covenant and the Lancashire Armed Forces Hub.

Online referral form only.

Visit the Veterans Gateway website.

LSCft Information

Gives information and support available locally to veterans and their families.

Visit the website.


Provides alcohol, drugs and sexual support for all Blackpool residents.

Telephone: 01253 205 157


Provides all aspects of drug and alcohol treatment to Fylde and Wyre residents.

Visit the Inspire website.

National support services

NHS 111

Telephone: 111 (24 hours a day, seven days a week)Website:

NHS Helpline

Telephone: 0800 915 4640 (9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday)

Can provide details of help and support in your own area.


Telephone: 0300 123 3393 (9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday)

Can provide details of help and support in your own area.

No Panic

Telephone: 0844 967 4848 (10am to 10pm everyday)

A helpline that helps people who suffer from panic.

Papyrus Hopeline

Telephone: 0800 068 41 41 (9am to midnight every day of the year. Weekends and bank holidays included)

A helpline that helps people having thoughts of suicide or are concerned for a young person who might be you can contact HOPELINEUK for confidential support and practical advice.

The Samaritans

Telephone: 116 123 (24 hours, 365 days a year)

Provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress.

Rethink’s National Advice Service

Telephone: 0300 5000 927 (10am to 2pm, Monday to Friday)

Provides advice and information to people with severe mental illness, their families and carers.

Useful websites

Support Line - confidential emotional advice and support to assist people during a crisis.

NHS Choices - Your health, your choices - information about conditions, treatments, local services and healthy lives.