Local support groups and services for mental health and well-being in West Lancashire
We have put together a collection of information about local support groups and servicesfor Mental Health and Well-being in West Lancashire. Please note: this network not longer runs but the information can be updated – contact Vicky Attwood
In a Mental Health emergency or crisis:
1. During working hours (9:00am – 4:30pm, Monday to Friday) you should contact:
a person’s GP
or the Mindsmatter team (01695 684177)
2. Out of working hours (after 4:30pm weekdays, bank holidays and weekends) you should contact:
the Crisis Team (01772 773525)
or your GP for details of the out of hours service
3. Samaritans also provide telephone support 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide. You can call them or you can ask them to phone someone you are concerned about (if you have their consent) 08457 90 90 90. Their new free 24 hour helpline number is 116 123.
4. Wellbeing and Mental Health Helpline (previously the Mental Health Helpline) 0800 915 4640 (Monday to Friday 7-11pm, weekends from noon until midnight)
If you think there is immediate danger you should dial 999
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Children and young people with mental health difficulties go an average of ten years between first becoming unwell and first getting any help, according to an evidence review published today by Centre for Mental Health.
Missed Opportunities, by Lorraine Khan, reviews recent evidence about the mental health of children and young people in the UK. It finds that mental health problems are very common among young people, but awareness is poor and most attempts by parents to get help for their children are unsuccessful.
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A campaign to reduce the stigma around mental health in children has been launched by the government. It will use school visits and social media to urge young people and parents to talk more about mental health. Read more on the BBC website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-34597424
The Kings Fund Alternative Guide to Mental Health Care
Samaritans has a free-to-call UK helpline number which will not show up in a user’s phone bill. The free 24 hour helpline number is 116 123.
Wellbeing and Mental Health Helpline new freephone number
The phone number has changed for the Lancashire Wellbeing and Mental Health Helpline and is now free. The number is now 0800 915 4640.
For more information regarding the service please contact Lorraine Khalaf, Mental Health Helpline Services Manager, Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust. Tel No: 01253 447900 / Email: Lorraine.firstname.lastname@example.org
Mental Wellbeing Network Newsletter
Please Click here to read the first newsletter (June 2015).
Lived Experience Network Lancashire Mind
This is an opportunity for people with lived experience of mental health conditions from all walks of life across Lancashire to inform and shape the delivery of the Blueprint for Lancashire. Involvement is flexible and varied. Informal meetings will occur monthly with different discussion topics and vary in location across the county with opportunity to be involved by phone and email. Please note there is no need for people to have had previous contact with Lancashire Mind. More information here.
Skelmersdale Goal Difference Legends
A peer to peer support group based at Quarry Bank Community Association, Quarry Bank House, 364 Ormskirk Road, Skelmersdale, Lancashire WN8 9AL. Telephone: 07903516657. Weekly from 1pm to 3pm. More information here.
Mental Wellbeing Network Reports
Mental Wellbeing Network
The last meeting was held in June 2016 and focused on the new plan for the mental wellbeing of children and young people which was being developed.
Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Integrated Commissioning Plan 2015-16
West Lancashire CCG has identified four improvement interventions and three additional programmes to focus on for West Lancashire, all of which are named on their website with three overarching priorities.
To find out more about these priorities and identified programmes, including details such as who the clinical lead is and what the CCG is hoping to achieve under each one, please read their Strategic Plan for 2015/16
There are a number of ways you can feedback on your experiences and/or get involved in influencing change:
The Insight Network also provides a mechanism through which organisations can work together with strategic partners and commissioners to influence care and support services. See website: www.theinsightnetwork.org/
The Clinical Lead for Mental Health at the CCG is Dr Ros Bonsor.