Blackpool Talking Therapy service relaunches

A service which offers a range of therapies for anxiety, stress and depression is relaunching across the area with a new name and enhanced support.

Statistics show that one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year.

Blackpool Healthier Minds offers a range of free psychological therapies to people aged 16 and over, providing the Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT) service for Blackpool and Cleveleys.

The service is provided by Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and was formerly known as Supporting Minds. It is relaunching in Blackpool and Cleveleys as Blackpool Healthier Minds.

It offers support for anyone who is experiencing a range of common mental health problems such as feeling anxious, depressed, feelings of panic or stress, or struggling to come to terms with traumatic events. This support is free and can be provided online, over the phone or as face-to-face treatment and therapy options – all provided by Blackpool Teaching Hospitals.

Lynn Christie, Supporting Minds Team Manager, explained: “Over the last two years, both the level of demand for support services like Blackpool Healthier Minds, and the way our help can be delivered, have changed so much.

“Statistics show that since the first lockdown in March 2020, adults in the UK have been struggling to cope with stress relating to the pandemic.

“We have never stopped delivering our services but have adapted and worked in new ways to make sure people get the help they need.

“Members of the public who need help can self-refer to us, with treatment options discussed before the best course of action is decided.”

Clients of the service have praised its support, with one saying: “Using the self-help tools, my therapist made me feel that I am worthwhile, that I do matter and I should be much kinder to myself. I now have a much more positive outlook and can honestly say I am looking forward to the future.”

For more information visit the Healthier Minds website at call 01253 955700 or email

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