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NHS Talking Therapies

Are you suffering from anxiety or depression?

Perhaps you’re feeling stressed and struggling to control your worry? Do you experience feelings of panic or obsess about certain thoughts?

You’re not alone. Help is out there. Last year more than 30,000 people in Lancashire and South Cumbria benefitted from NHS Talking Therapies – formerly known as IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies).

NHS Talking Therapies involve free groups and courses, as well as one to one therapy to help you understand what you’re going through and build your confidence.

You can refer yourself – which means you don’t have to see your GP first. Find out more information or refer yourself today by visiting:

NHS Lancashire and South Cumbria Talking Therapies (

If you do wish to discuss your issues with a GP, please phone the surgery or submit a request through our online portal here.

Urgent help in a crisis

Please note that talking therapies are not crisis services. If you or a loved one are having a mental health crisis and need help straight away you can:

  • Call the mental health crisis line on 0800 953 0110,
  • Contact the wellbeing helpline and texting services on 0800 915 4640 or by texting ‘Hello’ to 07860 022846 or,
  • Dial 999 if you have harmed yourself.

Date published: 12th January, 2024
Date last updated: 12th January, 2024