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New interactive map will give tailored mental health care to Lancashire and South Cumbria residents

19th June 2020

Health organisations in Lancashire and South Cumbria have worked in partnership to develop an interactive map of mental health services for people living in the area.

The Google Maps based system lists all the organisations working locally, and allows residents to search for their closest service or for specific types of support, to ensure they get appropriate care.

The interactive map means that people can use it to find:

  • their closest mental health service
  • most age-appropriate service (e.g. for younger or older people)
  • language translation or interpretation facilities
  • opening hours for mental health services (e.g. 24 hour support)
  • different types of support for example, bereavement services, counselling, practical support).

The interactive map also includes countywide services available to residents. When people access the map and click on their chosen organisation, they will be given information and contact details generated by a Google search.

Paul Hopley, ICS Mental Health Deputy Director, said:

“This is a brilliant initiative, and is a great example of how we are working with partners across Lancashire and South Cumbria to make access to mental health services in our area as easy as possible.

We know that people have been struggling for the last few months during the pandemic. We have hugely increased the mental health and wellbeing services available to local people remotely, including offering Big White Wall and AMPARO to more people across Lancashire and South Cumbria, and working collaboratively with Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust (LSCFT), the main NHS provider of mental health support services locally, to launch the LSCFT helplines and text number. This map will help let people know when and where services are available to them.”    

This work has been developed by Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System, a partnership of NHS, local authority, public sector, voluntary, faith, community, social enterprise and academic organisations.