World Mental Health Day 2022: Everything you need to know and where to get help and advice in Lancashire
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Latest figures show that around 700 million people worldwide suffer from anxiety or depression and one in four people will experience one diagnosable mental health problem during their life.
According to the Mental Health Foundation, every year in the UK 70 million workdays are lost due to mental illness, including anxiety, depression and stress-related conditions.
The theme of 2022's World Mental Health Day, set by the World Federation for Mental Health, is 'make mental health and wellbeing for all a global priority'.
World Mental Health Day is also a chance to talk about mental health in general, how we need to look after it, and how important it is to talk about things and get help if you are struggling.
Mental Health help available in Lancashire
Lancashire County Council’s website have a page dedicated to mental health help and advice. You can view it here.
Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust: A Mental Health Crisis 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 or support.
A Wellbeing Helpline and Texting Service is also available Monday to Friday 7pm to 11pm and Saturday to Sunday 12pm to Midnight staffed by volunteers and those with lived experience, who can offer emotional support - ring if you want to chat about your mental health or are lonely. Contact the helpline on 0800 915 4640 or by texting Hello to 07860 022 846.
Lancashire Mind: An independent charity, based in Chorley and working for the people of Lancashire. Our committed and energetic team of staff, trustees and volunteers are passionate about making a difference to the mental health of people living and working in Lancashire. Visit their website for a host of resources here.
Other help available
Hospitals have a dedicated mental health team, so if you are in crisis use them – in most cases you won’t have to wait.
Contact your GP
You can contact your GP surgery and ask for an emergency appointment. You should get one as soon as possible but you might need to wait for a doctor to call you back first.
If you want to talk to someone, about anything that is upsetting you, call Samaritans on freephone 116 123. They're always open and are there to listen.
Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)
CALM is the leading movement against male suicide, you can call them from 5pm to midnight, 365 days a year on 0800 58 58 58.
Papyrus is the UK charity for prevention of young suicide. You can contact their HOPELINEUK on 0800 068 4141. They are open 9am to 10pm weekdays and 2pm to 10pm weekends and bank holidays.
You can text SHOUT to 85258 from anywhere in the UK, at any time of day to connect with a trained Crisis Volunteer.
Rethink Mental Illness
Rething Mental provides support and information for anyone affected by mental health problems, including local support groups. Telephone 0808 801 0525 or click here to visit their website.
You are not alone
It is important to remember that help IS available and you are not alone. Trained professionals are on hand to help you 24/7 and with the right help you can get better.