Christmas is a time of year that can lead to extra pressures and expectations and it may be a time when you feel your mental health is affected for many reasons. We want those who may be struggling or worried about others to know there is support out there not only at Christmas but throughout the year.
Below you will find a list of organisations offering support.
Please note this is not an exhaustive list. There are many great organisations, charities and community groups who support mental health both nationally and locally. We would always recommend you ensure the service is still available before signposting any individuals.
Mind have a page dedicated to Mental Health at Christmas
Healthier Lancashire & South Cumbria’s Suicide Prevention webpage - https://www.healthierlsc.co.uk/suicide
Healthier Lancashire & South Cumbria ICS’s extensive list of mental health support across Lancashire & South Cumbria - https://healthierlsc.co.uk/MentalHealthSupport
NHS Recommended Apps - https://www.nhs.uk/apps-library/category/mental-health/
Run Together Groups – find out where your nearest run and talk sessions are
Kooth - Service for young people who may need support with their mental health and wellbeing. Kooth will also visit schools and young people’s services to talk about mental health to young people. They also have three helpful guides: firstly Dealing with loss at Christmas, secondly Struggling with Loneliness at Christmas and finally Struggling with Family Difficulties at Christmas. Click on Kooth Holiday Opening Times to find out when their friendly team are available to offer support throughout Christmas.
Lancashire & South Cumbria’s 24/7 ‘Mental Health Urgent Response Line’
Their newly launched Mental Health Urgent Response Line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling 0800 953 0110. It is staffed by trained mental health professionals who are able to provide assessment and referrals to appropriate services – ring it if you need to access services or for advice about someone who needs treatment/support. The page includes local area phone numbers for people who are already using services.
The Mix – mental health support and advice for young people under age 25. Telephone, email and crisis text service.
The Haven run by Richmond Fellowship which offers drop in and support for those struggling with their mental health. Located in Preston.
Age Concern – offer befriending services, Covid support and welfare checks. Contact local Age Concern offices for information in your local area.
Silverline – provide telephone support for older people struggling with aloneness, thoughts and feelings
CHATS – Parents Support Group. Available in the Morecambe and Lancaster area. For anyone looking after a child or young person with any kind of emotional or mental health problem. For emotional/practical support or just someone to talk to. Email [email protected] for more information.
Step Change – national charity offering debt advice and support.
YNot Aspire – charity supporting young people with their mental health and at risk of homelessness. Charity is located in Accrington and supports local young people.
If you need help now please Call the Samaritans on freephone 116 123.
They're always open and are there to listen about anything that is upsetting you.
Visit our Get Help Now Page for details of local and national crisis support services.