Welfare - Mental health and wellbeing

There are many things that can affect your mental health, particularly if you are dealing with financial problems. It's normal and there is help available.

If you need to talk to someone urgently the Samaritans are available 24/7 on 116 123. 

Mindline Cumbria offers support and guidance about mental health over the phone on 0300 561 0000 or text 'Mind' to 81066. You can also go online and chat to trained professionals.

Togetherall is a service offering free online support to anyone aged 16 and over, 24/7 you just need a Cumbrian postcode to register. It provides online peer-peer support, access to an anonymous community and lots of information, as well as courses and resources covering a range of mental health and wellbeing topics.

Kooth is a free online service for young people over 11. 

Every Life Matters have produced a guide to looking after yourself and others. It contains practical information about things you can do now to look after your mental health and wellbeing, and how you can support others. Call 07908 537541.

If you are worried about someone you know and want to help support them it can be difficult to know the right thing to say or do. The Samaritans and Time to Change have information on their websites to help you start these conversations.

First Step is part of Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust and provides free, talking therapies to adults (18+) in North Cumbria. First Step can help with a range of common mental health problems including mild to moderate depression, anxiety disorders, anger and  sleep problems. You can contact them on 0300 123 9122. First Step practitioners will listen to your experience and work with you to understand how you have been feeling. Together we will decide what sort of help might work best for you.

First Step South Cumbria is part of Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust and provides free, talking therapies to adults (18+) in South Cumbria. Contact the service on 0300 555 0345.