Approximately 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem each year, with this in mind health professionals from NHS Lancashire and South Cumbria Foundation Trust are raising awareness of the help and support that is available to people across Lancashire.
World Mental Health Day (WMHD) takes place on 10 October each year and is held by the World Mental Health Foundation and supported by organisations across the globe encouraging people to start conversations about mental health to help reduce discrimination and stigma surrounding the topic.
This WMHD the Wellbeing and Mental Health Helpline and the Mindsmatter service at Lancashire & South Cumbria Foundation Trust are reminding people of the support they offer as part of World Mental Health Day.
Our Mental Health Helpline provides a listening ear for people who may be feeling lonely, stressed or experiencing mental health problems and thoughts of suicide. The helpline volunteers offer emotional support for anyone experiencing distress and supports callers by using listening skills to enable people to make their own choices about how their health care needs may be met. A confidential texting service is also available for those who may find it difficult talking on the phone by providing emotional support via text messages.
Lorraine Khalaf, Wellbeing and Mental Health Helpline Manager at Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust said:
“World Mental Health Day is a great time to start conversations around mental health. Many people may be afraid to speak out if they are concerned about their mental health or someone they know due to stigma around this subject. However, we want people to know that it is ok to talk about how you’re feeling and even if you don’t feel like you can speak to family and friends, the helpline is here to provide a listening ear.
“We understand it can be quite difficult to know what to say but there is no need to worry, our trained operators are on hand to put you at ease and provide information and support when you need it most.”
Kieran Fleck from the Mindsmatter Service said:
“Sadly there is still a lot of stigma surrounding mental health which can often deter people from opening up and getting in touch with their local support service. As part of the WMHD campaign we want to encourage people who are feeling low, lonely or experiencing mental health problems to refer in to the service and get the help they need. No one should feel as though they have no one to talk to and WMHD is a great opportunity to raise the profile of the mental health services that are available. We want to remind people of the many ways in which they can access the service and that it is ok to talk.”
The Wellbeing & Mental Health Helpline service is available 365 days a year, Monday to Friday 7pm - 11pm and Saturday to Sunday 12pm to 12am. More information on this service can be found by clicking here.
The texting service can be contacted by texting ‘HELLO’ to 07860 022 846 with lines open Monday to Friday 7pm - 11pm and Saturday to Sunday 12pm – 12am. More information on this service can be found by clicking here.