The Mindsmatter service in St Helens is encouraging people to start talking about mental health and get in touch for advice and support.
As we reach Monday 18 January, also known as 'Blue Monday" by some as it is a time when they are likely to feel increasingly low mood, the Mindsmatter team is encouraging people who may be feeling low to get in touch for help and support. The team provides a variety of services including Stress Control workshops, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and access to online therapy courses.
Sue Crutchley, Mindsmatter Service Manager at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:
"January can be a difficult time for many, with the festivities of December over and the stresses that may have brought including family or financial issues which may have continued into this month. Many people shy away from talking about how they feel for fear of what people may say. We want people to know that it is ok to talk about how they are feeling, and by engaging in conversations about mental health we can help break down barriers and stigma associated with mental ill-health so people feel comfortable reaching out for help.
"If anyone is concerned about low mood and think they may be experiencing symptoms associated with depression, stress and anxiety, they can call their local team for advice and support. Around 1 in 4 people will experience mental health issues during their lifetime so the chances are we will all know someone dealing with it. We want people to know it is ok to talk about their mental health so they don"t suffer alone."
To find out more about the Mindsmatter team and for details of your local team please visit www.lancashirecare.nhs.uk/mindsmatter.