If you have concerns for the mental health of the person you care for, you and they should initially approach their GP, who can refer to a number of different services, provided by St Helens CCG, Northwest Boroughs Healthcare Trust and the Local Authority.

If you or the person you are for are feeling so completely overwhelmed and distressed that you feel that you may harm yourself or you feel you are at risk of harming others then, Ring 999 or Attend your local Accident and Emergency department, especially if you have self harmed or self poisoned Many people feel in crisis due to an overwhelming feeling of emotion at some point in their lives. Sometimes this passes quite quickly but for others the feeling lasts for a while. You can contact the following people for help:- Contact your GP immediately, if the GP surgery is closed there will be a telephone message or your call will be diverted to the GP out of hours service.

Whether you have or haven't previously been involved in mental health services,if you are an ADULT contact Northwest Boroughs Boroughs Assessment/Home Treatment team on: 01744 621688 (24 hours per day)

For childrens services - CAMHS (Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service) 01925 579405

Phone the Samaritans on 116 123

If you have already created a 'keep safe plan' please refer to this plan if who you feel is best to contact (further details on to create your own plan)

Attend your local Accident and Emergency department, especially if you have self harmed or self poisoned

FOR MILD TO MODERATE DEPRESSION/ANXIETY (This is not an urgent service & cannot offer diagnosis or medication review):

MINDSMATTER - (provided by Lancashire Care NHS)
Telephone: 01744 647100 (Mon - Fri 8am to 8pm, Sat 8am - 12pm) Based at Court Block, Ground floor, Alexandra Business Park, Prescot Road, St Helens WA10 3TP.

Support for Stress, Anxiety, Low Mood and Sleep difficulties. Self referral by phone, online, or completing their leaflet (stamp required) or referral in via your GP, other professional, or via St Helens Assessment/Home Treatment Team

After a welcome call from a Mindsmatter Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) a range of therapies might be offered -

They also have a very useful website with information and self guided help - click here

Lancashire NHS Foundation Trust also provide a Wellbeing and Mental Health helpline - 0300 222 5931 - as an "out of hours" service for Mindsmatter - Available Monday to Friday 7pm - 11pm, Saturday & Sunday 12am to 12pm. Available to anyone concerned about a mental health issue, or that of someone they know. Freephone, and doesn't appear on the telephone bill.


RETHINK - A National mental health charity. They have a range of information sheets on their website. You can order books from them, which aim to guide Carers to get support for themselves and the person they care for as they access services. They also have a section for Young Carers.
NHS CHOICES - self help resources, information for carers about lots of different mental health conditions
MIND - good information about mental health conditions, how to help someone who has a mental health issue, carers rights, information on the various Mental Health Sections
LIVE LIFE WELL - - local online self help, information and local services directory



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