Mental health support services

Preconception referrals

Any health professional can refer to the Specialist Perinatal Mental Health team for pre-conception advice.

Psychological therapy

Trained therapists and counsellors provide a range of different therapies through the NHS, known as IAPT services (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies)

provides talking therapy for people experiencing mild to moderate depression, general anxiety and worry, panic attacks, social anxiety, traumatic memories and obsessive compulsive disorder.

Parents, expectant parents and carers can self-refer to all IAPT services and will be prioritised. Please see our website links below.

For the Blackpool and Cleveleys areas:

For the rest of Lancashire:

For South Cumbria:


Help and emotional support for parents during pregnancy and the first year after having a baby

Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Services

If your mental health problems are severe or longer lasting, the maternity team can put you in touch with specialist mental health services.

Women in need of inpatient care for severe mental illness may be referred to a mother and baby unit (MBU). These units enable women to stay with their babies while receiving specialist care.

If you or someone you are concerned about is experiencing a mental health crisis:


North Lancashire

Specialist Triage, Assessment and Referral Team (START)

9 – 4.30pm Tel: 01524 5505

After 4.30pm / weekend 01524 550198/9

South Cumbria

Single Point Access (SPA)

0300 123 9015 (24hrs)

Home Treatment Team

Lancaster: 01524 550198/9

Barrow 01229 404360

Kendal: 01539 795832