Mental health and wellbeing

Mental health is just as important as physical health.  Mental health affects every part of our lives – how we feel about ourselves and other people, our relationships and our emotional development. 

There are different types of mental health problems.  They can affect any one of us, at any point in our lives. We all have times when we feel down or stressed or anxious. Most of the time those feelings pass, but sometimes they can develop into a more serious problem. Your mental health doesn't always stay the same, it can change as circumstances change and as you move through different stages of your life. 

Everyone is different. You may bounce back from a setback or a life-change, while someone else may feel weighed down by it for a long time. If you think you might be experiencing a mental health problem, contact your GP and if necessary, they can refer you to a more specialised mental health service.

Talking about your feelings

Some people feel there's a stigma attached to mental health problems. This means that people feel uncomfortable about them and don't talk about them much. Many people don't feel comfortable even talking about their feelings. However, it’s healthy to know and say how you're feeling, and to know when and how to seek support. 

Speak to you GP who will be able to give you advice and information, and help you get in contact with services who may be best placed to help. Alternatively, you can contact Supporting Minds Blackpool who provide a range of talking therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), counselling and mindfulness classes to name a few. 

NHS Moodzone

Whatever you need to know about coping with stress, anxiety or depression, or just the normal emotional ups and downs of life, NHS Moodzone is there to help. 

Moodzone offers:

  • Practical advice, interactive tools, videos and audio guides to help you feel mentally and emotionally better. 
  • Useful resources, tips and advice
  • Interactive tools and apps, including the Every Mind Matters 'Your Mind Plan'
  • Self-help and treatments to boost mental health
  • Real life stories 
  • Who to contact if you need urgent mental health help

Mental health and money

For advice and support for people experiencing issues with mental health and money

Blackpool discretionary support scheme 

Debt advice services

Need to talk?

Lancashire Mental Health Helpline 0800 9154640 - Open Monday to Friday 7.00pm to 11.00pm and Saturday and Sunday 12 noon to 12 midnight

National Telephone Helplines

Useful links:  

Horizon alcohol, drugs and sexual health support

Suicide prevention 

Local mental health support groups

GET VOCAL 

Blackpool adult learning wellbeing courses 

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