The New Year isn’t always an easy time for people with mental health problems so a service run by Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is here to help.
People experiencing problems such as anxiety or depression are welcome to contact the Supporting Minds mental health service which operates in Blackpool and Cleveleys.
Alison Best, Team Manager for Supporting Minds, said: “There are high levels of anxiety and depression generally within the population in Blackpool and this can impact on all areas of people’s lives.
“One in four people will experience problems such as anxiety or depression at some point in their lives and we want to encourage these people to get in touch.
“Some of our clients will be working and some will be off work, due to their mental health problems, or struggling to get into work. Addressing anxiety and depression can help people to engage more fully in their lives again.
“When someone calls us they will firstly speak to a member of our team who will take some basic details and then offer an appointment with one of our Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners.
“This is usually a telephone appointment that enables us to find out more about the person’s problems, before deciding the kind of intervention that is most likely to help the individual.”
The service is available in several venues across Blackpool and Cleveleys and is for people from 16 years upwards.
Members of the public can refer themselves to the service or it can be done through GP surgeries. The Supporting Minds leaflets are available in all GP practices.
For more information on the Supporting Minds service call 01253 955 700 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. You can also contact your GP.