Mental health is important to us all. Mental health is the emotional and spiritual resilience that enables us all to enjoy life and to survive pain, disappointment and sadness.

Mental health problems are amongst the most common forms of ill health. And they can affect any one of us, at any point in our lives.

We face many challenges here in Blackpool, including the fifth highest rate for all mental health conditions in the country.

Blackpool has a higher rate of people claiming sickness benefit due to mental health problems – not only in the North West but England as a whole.

NHS Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group works in very close partnership with private, public and third sector organisations to bring about change and promote positive mental health.

If you think you might be suffering from a mental health problem, contact your GP and if necessary they can refer you to a more specialised mental health service.

There is also a mental health out-of-hours helpline available on Freephone 0800 915 4640.  The opening times are:

Monday – Friday: 7pm – 11pm
Saturday and Sunday: 12 noon – 12 midnight

All calls are confidential and will not appear on your bill.

Texting Service

Feeling low? Need support? Need contact?

If you, or the person you care for, experience problems such as panic attacks; anxiety; depression; self-harm; bereavement issues; domestic violence; loneliness; schizophrenia; gender issues; difficulties with children; or just a general feeling of being unable to cope, text 07860 022 846.

This NHS user-led service offers confidentiality and support as well as information on sources of help. It’s free of charge and will not appear on your phone bill. Responses will take place Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm

Lancashire Early Intervention Service

The service promotes early detection, educates about psychosis and provides direction for those seeking help who are aged 14 to 35 and their families/carers.

Visit the site for more information

Blackpool Primary / Intermediate Mental Health Team

The Blackpool Primary / Intermediate Mental Health Team provide assessment, signposting and treatment for adults with mild to moderate health problems, in partnership with Blackpool Council and other agencies. You can contact the team on 01253 951225.

CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service)

CAMHS provide a specialist service for children and young people (age one to 16 years) who have moderate to complex mental health problems. For more information please call 01253 951700.

Community Mental Health Team

Contact Manager, Clare Hall, Community Services Lead or;

Team Leader, Gill Hope, Community Mental Health Team

Shorelands

There is one Community Specialist Mental Health Team serving people over the age of 65 with enduring mental health needs and those under the age of 65 with a diagnosed dementing illness within the Blackpool boundaries.

The multi-disciplinary team comprises Community Mental Health Nurses; Occupational Therapists; Psychologists; Social Workers; Support Workers and administrative support. The team work closely with Consultant Psychiatrists; Clinical Psychologists; Inpatient Services; both the private and voluntary sector; Psychologists and Age Concern.

It is envisaged that other team members will complement the current Community Mental Health Team in the future. The team does not operate a crisis service.

Method of Referral

Referrals are accepted from Consultant Psychiatrists, General Practitioners, and Health and Social Services professionals, if medical approval has been sought. Referrals are accepted on the Community Mental Health Team referral form or via letter.

Visit NHS Choices for more information and support

Improved Physical Health Checks in the Early Intervention Service (EIS)

The Early Intervention Service (EIS) across Lancashire provides specialist mental health support to individuals aged 14 to 35 who are experiencing their first episode of psychosis. Research has shown that for individuals who experience severe mental illness, their risks of dying prematurely is significantly increased and that the greatest risk is due to issues related to their physical health and not their mental illness.

In order to try to improve the physical health of those accessing EIS, the service has signed up to an Advancing Quality initiative called ‘Don’t just screen, intervene’.

As part of this, the physical health status for all individuals accepted into the service will be reviewed in a more robust way. The assessment of physical health will include; smoking cessation advice; BMI review; cardiovascular screening; diabetes screening; and a review of lifestyle factors.

This information will be shared with the individual and their GP. EIS staff may, as part of this, request a copy of the primary care history. EIS is also building links with local health promotion services to improve the physical health of this population.

For any queries or further information on this new initiative, please contact: Safeera Ahmed on 07946515650 or Safeera.ahmed@lancashirecare.nhs.uk

Lancashire Children and Young People’s Resilience Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Transformation plan 2015-2020

The Children and Young People’s Resilience, Emotional Wellbeing and Mental
Health (CYPEWBMH) plan for Lancashire has been developed by the Children and Young People’s
Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health System Board, which consists of key
partners and has been informed by consultation with children, young people and
families. It is based on comprehensive identification of needs and evidence based
practice to promote good emotional wellbeing and prevention of mental ill-health
through early intervention, care and recovery.

  • The full plan is available here
  • A refreshed plan from 2016 is available here.
  • An easy read version is available here.