Mental health

If you are worried about your mental health, or if someone in your life is affected, there is plenty of information and advice available to support you.

If you are worried about your mental health, or if someone in your life is affected, there is plenty of information and advice available to support you.

Mental health difficulties affect one in four of us at some point in our lives. They are very common and there are many ways to overcome them, including:

  • some practical steps you can take on your own
  • access to available services for guidance and support

It sometimes helps to think of mental health and mental illness separately. Good mental health means that we feel happy about ourselves, we have a sense of purpose and goals in life, we have a sense of belonging to a community, we have good self-esteem, we feel valued and we feel in control of our lives.

Mental illness is much more clinical, defined by symptoms and diagnosed by doctors. Although treatments for mental illness are often medication based and rely on professionals to diagnose and prescribe the right treatments, it is important to recognise that each and every one of us can take steps ourselves to improve our mental health irrespective of whether or not we have a mental illness. In taking such steps it is often the case that the symptoms of illness become less distressing and more easily managed.

Referrals and enquiries

In the first instance, we would strongly recommend that you visit your GP if you feel there is a problem. Not only will they be familiar with your medical history, but they will be able to direct you to the appropriate treatment and refer you to more specialist services if required.

When life seems overwhelming and you feel you have nowhere to turn the Home Treatment Team may be able to help. They aim to help people who are experiencing mental distress and to support them out of a crisis. The service helps to resolve problems and offers practical and emotional support. If you require urgent help, please contact the Initial Response Service (IRS) on 0300 290 500 or contact the Out of Hours team on 01254 226 074.

Alternatively, if there is an emergency, you can contact the Out of Hours Adult Social Care team on 01254 587 547. The Social Care Assessment team can be contacted on 01254 226 150.

If you wish to self-refer, please contact Mind Matters on 01254 226 037

For immediate support you can also contact the Samaritans. They provide confidential, non-judgemental emotional support, 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide. You can contact them on 0300 094 5714 or visit their website.

Other useful websites

NHS Choices website

Lancashire Mind website

Support group and helplines

Local support groups and helplines can help provide support and guidance.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Phone: 0800 917 7650, Web:, Email:

Autism - The National Autistic Society

Phone: 0845 070 4004, Web:


Address: Prospect House, Wharf Street, Blackburn BB1 1JD, Phone: 0300 123 22 00 or 01254 269111, Web:

Blackburn Foodbank

Address: The Oaks, Oakenhurst Road, Blackburn, BB2 1SN, Phone: 01254 672 756, Web:, Email:

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council (Housing Needs)

Address: Blackburn Town Hall, King William Street, Blackburn, BB1 7DY, Phone: (01254) 585444, Email:

Cancer Support

Phone: 0808 808 00 00, Web:

Care Network

Address: 1st Floor, Blackburn Central Library, Town Hall Street, Blackburn, BB2 1AG, Phone: 01254 507255, Web:, Email:

Carers Service (Blackburn with Darwen)

Address: 9 Town House Street, Blackburn, BB2 1AG, Phone: 01254 688440, Web:, Email:

Gamblers Anonymous

Phone: 020 7384 3040, Web:

Healthwatch Blackburn with Darwen

Address: Unit 19, Eanam Wharf Business Centre, Blackburn, BB1 5BL, Phone: 01254 504985, Web:, Email:

Jubilee Tower Credit Union

Address: 5 -7 Bolton Road, Darwen, BB3 1DF, Phone: 01254 776611, Email:

Lancashire Women's Centres

Address: 21 – 25 Blackburn Road, Accrington, BB5 1HF, Phone: 0300 330 1354, Web:, Email:

Maundy Relief (physical, mental, emotional or spiritual needs)

Address: 29-31 Abbey Street, Accrington BB5 1EN, Phone: 01254 232328, Web:, Email:

Multiple Sclerosis

Phone: 0808 800 8000, Web:

National Association of Widows

Phone: 0845 8382261, Web:, Email:

NHS 111

Phone: 111, Web:


Address: Boulevard Centre, 45 Railway Road, Blackburn, BB1 1EZ, Phone: 01254 503067, Out of hours: 01254 672139

Shama group

Address: Audley Community Centre, Chester Street, Blackburn, BB1 1DW, Phone: 01254 601494

Shelter – Blackburn with Darwen

Address: Blackburn Central Library, Town Hall Street, Blackburn, BB2 1AG, Phone: 03301 755 121, Web:

The Wish Centre

Address: Unit 21, Business Development Centre, Eanam Wharf, Blackburn, BB1 5BL, Phone: 0300 5610440, Web:, Email:

Victim Support

Phone: 0808 1689111, Web:

Young People’s Services

Address: 68 - 70 Darwen St, Blackburn, BB2 2BL, Phone: 01254 298622, Web:, Email: