Mental Health

Talking Therapies

Talking Therapies, formally known as First Step, is part of Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and provides free, talking therapies to adults (18+) in Cumbria. They can help with a range of common mental health problems including mild to moderate depression, anxiety disorders (such as chronic worry, panic attacks, health anxiety and obsessions), mild bulimia, anger or sleep problems.

Patients can self-refer themselves via an online form. Please click the link below. 



North Cumbria Recover College

The North Cumbria Recovery College began in 2021 to provide support for Adults aged 18+ in Allerdale Copeland, Carlisle and Eden.

The college provides group sessions and opportunities for those experiencing mental or physical health difficulties, or those caring for someone who does, to engage in a variety of courses and groups that are focused on increasing understanding, developing skills and confidence to be able to take control of your mental and physical wellbeing.

For information on how to access the service, please click the following link.



Borderline Councelling Services

There are times in all our lives when we feel unable to cope. Sometimes the causes of these problems seem fairly clear and we know where to turn for assistance. At other times our problems are difficult to understand and we can find no answer from our own resources or contacts.Talking to a counsellor who is impartial and skilled, can help us work through our personal difficulties and find solutions

Telephone: 01228 596900





Samaritans offer a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever’s getting to you. You don’t have to be suicidal. Call Samaritans free, 24 hours a day 365 days a year.

Telephone: 116 123





Rethink provide expert, accredited advice and information to everyone affected by mental health problems.

Telephone: 0300 5000 927





Mind provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.

Telephone: 0300 123 3393



A new service offering free online support to anyone aged 16 and over facing increased anxiety and other mental health challenges will be available to people in North Cumbria.



SAFA (the acronym for Self Harm Awareness for all) is committed to making a positive difference to the lives of individuals, in Cumbria, who self harm and to those who support them. Our primary goal is to empower individuals to take responsibility for their own lives and we do this through non-judgmental counselling and trusting support. 

The helpline is open Monday – Friday 9am-5pm on 01229 832269



Here offers high quality, free or low-cost counselling and psychotherapy that adheres to the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and UKCP guidelines. We offer 6 free sessions for those who find it difficult to access private therapy. Further ongoing sessions can be negotiated where we continue to provide inexpensive access to talking therapies.




Free anonymous online chat for young people to discuss your mental health issues.


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Emotional Support Poster

Everylife Matters 

Have produced a guide to looking after yourself and others. It contains practical information about things you can do now to look after your mental health and wellbeing, and how you can support others.

Go to: or call 07908 537541 They have also produced A guide to looking after yourself and others.

Cumbria County Council 

Help is Here is a booklet created to help give those living in Cumbria information on the support available to them. 

Booklet downloadable here 

Offload Cumbria

Offload is a venture set up to bridge the gap between self and professional help* for males aged 18 and over suffering from mental health issues in Cumbria.

We offer peer support sessions where members of the group share their lived experience and coping strategies with each other to help people move forward in their recovery. 


Better Health Every Mind Matters

There are small things we can all do to help be kind to your mind, and these can make a big difference to how we feel.

Get expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental wellbeing and make them part of your daily routine.

Website: Every Mind Matters - NHS (