People encouraged to talk to save lives as lockdown eases

Reach out and have the chat you've been meaning to have. Let's keep talking

Everyone across Lancashire and South Cumbria is being encouraged to talk to friends and family members, helplines and debt support services as lockdown restrictions ease.

As the third national Coronavirus lockdown comes to an end, and people take stock of their lives, the local health and care partnership has launched the next phase of its Let’s Keep Talking campaign.

People furloughed, unemployed or coping with a drop in self-employed work are being asked to start a conversation with loved ones, or reach out to telephone counselling services to address any concerns, take practical steps, and get help with their mental health.

It is more important than ever for people to reach out to local and national services for help as they battle the effects of the pandemic – particularly health and care workers and those who have taken an active role in supporting communities through the effects and challenges of the pandemic over the past 12 months.

ICS Suicide Prevention Programme lead, Louise Thomas said: “I cannot overstate how important it is for people to keep talking to one another as lockdown restrictions ease. This can be a very difficult time for a lot of people, who have already had a challenging 12 months.

“As restrictions are lifted it is more important than ever for people to reach out, by talking on the phone or by video message to others, we can share the load. There is always someone to talk to, and there are many organisations out there ready to offer a listening ear.”

If you are facing a common mental health problem, such as anxiety, sleep disorders, trauma and depression, or simply need someone to talk to, help is available via Mindsmatter, the self-referring adult mental health service in West Lancashire. Mindsmatter is available Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm, on 01695 684 177 or by visiting the website.