Resources for mental health services
- Assertive Outreach Teams
- Community Mental Health Teams for Adults
- Community Mental Health Teams for Older Adults
- Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Teams
- DART - turning lives around
- IMHA (Independant Mental Health Advocate
- NHS Direct
- Carers UK
- Department of Health
- Information Commissioner's Office
- Mental Health Care
- Mental Health Foundation
- Rising Sun Trust
- Signpost - Drug and Alcohol Helpline
Assertive Outreach Teams
These teams Provide services for people living with a diagnosis of a severe mental illness who may not have wanted or been able to get help in the past. The team try to meet people on their terms and in their choice of environment - wherever they feel most comfortable.
For general enquiries please contact one of the following assertive outreach team numbers:
Allerdale and Copeland 01946 523522
Barrow 01229 407777
Carlisle and Eden 01228 602114
South Lakes 01539 732059
Community Mental Health Teams for Adults
These teams provide treatment and assessment in the community to meet the needs of people with severe and enduring mental health conditions. The teams are based in Barrow, Millom, Kendal, Whitehaven, Workington, Wigton, Carlisle and Penrith. They provide a service based upon diagnosis, not age.
Park Lane Clinic
11 Portland Square
South Lakeland (Kendal)
Westmorland General Hospital
Community Mental Health Teams for Older Adults
These teams provide older people with mental health needs with care in their own homes, their chosen care home or within a hospital setting. The teams are based in Barrow, Millom, Kendal, Whitehaven, Workington, Wigton, Carlisle and Penrith.Visit Cumbriapartnership.nhs.uk for more information Back to list of resources
Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Teams
Provide a 24 hour service providing home assessment and treatment as an alternative to hospital admission for people experiencing a severe mental health crisis.
What to do in a crisis
If you or someone you care for is having a mental health 'crisis', you can call your Care Co-ordinator (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm) or make an appointment to see your GP. If you are feeling unwell outside of office hours (i.e, weekends, evenings or during the night) you can call:
Cumbria Health on Call
Tel: 03000 247247 (charged at a local rate)
Adult Social Care Out of Hours Service
Tel: 01228 526690
Once you are involved with the CRHT team you will receive a 24 hour contact number so that someone will always be able to give you support and advice.
A service that can help people who are experiencing mild to moderate mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, panic attacks, obsessions and problems following a traumatic incident.
Tel: 0300 123 9122
DART - turning lives around
For people who are dependent on drugs or alcohol asking for help is often the hardest part. This service is now managed by Greater Manchester West (GMW) Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust and has been rebranded: Unity - Recovery in Your Community.
If you need help for an addiction, contact Unity today or visit your GP.
113-117 Botchergate, CA1 1RZ
21a Lowther Street, CA28 7DG
6 Finkle Street, CA14 2AY
2nd Floor, Clint Mill, CA11 7HW
39 Strickland Gate, Whitehorse Yard, LA9 4LT
92-96 Duke Street, LA14 1RD
IMHA (Independant Mental Health Advocate)
IMHA's are an important safeguard that will help and support patients to understand and exercise their legal and civil rights.
- Detained under most sections of the Mental Health Act (see 'Guidance for Referrers' for further details)
- Conditionally discharged restricted patients
- Subject to guardianship
- Subject to supervised community treatment
- Being considered for treatments to which section 57 applies
- Under 18 and being considered for ECT or other treatment under section 58
The IMHA will assist patients in obtaining and understanding information on the following:
- Their rights under the Act
- The rights which other people have under the Act (for example, relatives)
- The parts of the Act that apply to them
- Any conditions or restrictions which they are subject to
- The reason for any medical treatment and an explanation of that treatment
IMHA's are also able, where appropriate, to provide support and representation to qualifying patients.
Referrals for an IMHA can be made by the following people:
The nearest relative
A Responsible Clinician (RC)
An Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP)
The MindinfoLine provides a confidential information service about mental health issues such as where to go for help, medication, alternative treatments, advocacy and legal issues. You can write, telephone or send an email to receive information.
tel: 0300 123 3393
NHS Direct is a telephone advice line for people who are concerned about their physical or mental health. It provides a wide range of information and advice.
tel: 0845 4647 (open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year)Visit NHSDirect.nhs.uk for more information Back to list of resources
Carers UK aims to support, represent and fight for carers. They provide information, undertake campaigning and research, and host an online forum for carers.
tel: 020 7378 4999 (general)
carers line: 0808 808 7777
Department of Health
The Department of Health (DH) is the Government ministry responsible for all health-related issues in the UK. The website provides the latest DH-related news and publications.
tel: 08701 555 455Visit Gov.uk for more information Back to list of resources
Information Commissioner's Office
The Information Commissioner's Office regulates and enforces access to personal information, and encourages access to official information. They can help you to find out what information is held about you and help you to access it.
tel: 08456 30 60 60 or 01625 54 57 45Visit ICO.gov.uk for more information Back to list of resources
Mental Health Care
This website is aimed at anyone providing support to someone experiencing mental illness. It contains information about mental health and mental illness and personal stories written by carers.Visit Mentalhealthcare.org.uk for more information Back to list of resources
Mental Health Foundation
The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) is a national charity. The MHF conducts research, provides information and engages in campaigns with the aim of improving the lives of people with mental health problems.
tel: 020 7803 1101Visit MentalHealth.org.uk for more information Back to list of resources
The Samaritans provide confidential and non-judgmental support to people who are feeling overwhelmed by emotions or distress and/or who may be feeling suicidal. They are available 24 hours a day by telephone, email, letter and face-to-face.
tel: 08457 90 90 90Visit Samaritans.org for more information Back to list of resources
Rising Sun Trust
Our aim is to support anyone of any age with drug and alcohol related issues.
17 Fisher Street
tel: 01900 812599Visit Risingsuntrust.org for more information Back to list of resources
Signpost - Drug and Alcohol Helpline
Signpost is our 24 hours helpline that is available 365 days a year. This link gives people the support and reassurance that cannot be found when the office is out of hours.
Signpost can give the caller a chance to talk when they feel at their worst and may have no other people to contact, people struggling with their addictions can call for a chat if they are having it difficulty sleeping.
tel: 0800 0838 449Back to list of resources