Mental Health & Wellbeing
We believe in promoting positive mental health and emotional wellbeing for all.
The World Health Organisation defines mental health as a state of wellbeing in which every individual achieves their potential, copes with the normal stresses of life, works productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to their community. Mental health includes our emotional, psychological and social wellbeing. It affects how we think, feel and act.
Positive mental health and wellbeing is just as important as good physical health. Like physical health, mental health can range across a spectrum from healthy to unwell; it can fluctuate on a daily basis and change over time.
Below we have some useful links which may support you and your family, however, please remember if it's an emergency or you need urgent help, if you or someone else is in danger, call 999 or go to A&E now.
If you need help urgently for your mental health, but it's not an emergency, get help from NHS 111 online or call 111.
Your mental health is as important as your physical health. You will not be wasting anyone's time.
Child and Family Support
NHS mental health services
Citizens Advice Bureau Carlisle and Eden Districts is an independent charity set up to provide free, impartial and confidential advice on almost any subject.
CADAS provides confidential quality support, training and 1-1 counselling sessions for those interested in and/or affected by the use of Alcohol and Drugs.
Carlisle Carers provides free, confidential information and advice for carers.
Cumbria Law Centre is a community organisation offering free legal advice and representation (prioritising those on a lower income).
https://www.cumbrialawcentre.org.uk/ or 01228 515 129
Mind offers support with mental health.
https://cemind.org/ or 0300 123 3393
Young Minds offers support for young people with their mental health.
https://youngminds.org.uk/ or text YM to 85258 if you need urgent help
Spiral is an anti-bullying charity that supports young people in Cumbria.
www.spiralcumbria.org.uk or 01228 642 640
First Step provides free, talking therapies to adults (18+) in North Cumbria.
https://www.cntw.nhs.uk/services/first-step/ or 0300 123 9122
Counselling Directory helps you find a local counsellor or therapist to suit your needs.
Gateway 4 Women offers a variety of support for women.
Happy Mums offer free mental health support groups for mums and mums-to-be.
E-School Nurse Video Clinics are held twice a week providing online health support and advice for parents, carers and professionals supporting children aged 5-19.
https://cumbria.gov.uk/ph5to19/priorities.asp or 0300 30 34 365
Period Poverty North Cumbria is a community project providing free sanitary protection for those who are struggling.
Child Bereavement UK gives support about grieving and loss
Carlisle Community Help has set up a network of hubs across the city that provide affordable food to those who need it.
To find your nearest food bank, visit: