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Services in Sefton to support mental health

Everyone goes through difficult times, but sometimes our problems affect our day-to-day lives and we may feel that we can’t cope. If you are in this situation, you’re not alone.

There are a number of services available to people in Sefton who may be struggling with their mental health.

If you, or somebody you know, is having suicidal thoughts or is need of support or guidance don’t suffer in silence. Please get in touch with a dedicated service.

Samaritans offer support round the clock, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you need a response immediately, it’s best to call on 116 123. This number is FREE to call and you don’t need to be suicidal to receive support.

Samaritans wants to encourage people to listen to the really important things their friends, family and colleagues need to tell them, and to actually devote some time and attention to being better listeners.

When people feel listened to, it can save a life. Become a better listener with Samaritan’s SHUSH listening tips:

  1. Show you care
  2. Have patience
  3. Use open questions
  4. Say it back
  5. Have courage

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Access Sefton is a free, confidential service to support people with anxiety, depression and other common mental health conditions. The service is available to anyone aged 16+ and registered with a Sefton GP. You can self-refer via the website or by phone 0300 303 2708.

Caring Connections offers support to Sefton veterans with mental health issues through targeted counselling / therapy and physical activity programmes. Contact Caring Connections on 0151 289 2761 or visit to find out more.

PAPYRUS is the national UK charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide. If you’re worried about a young person who may be having thoughts of suicide, please contact our HOPELineUK services for professional advice:

Call: 0800 068 41 41
Confidential text:  07786 209 697

Call the PAPYRUS helpline: HOPELineUK 0800 068 41 41.

The helpline is open every day of the year; on weekdays from 10am – 5pm and 7pm – 10pm and during the weekends from 2pm – 5pm.

The Venus Centre in Bootle offers a range of services to support to women, families and children.

Counselling is available at the Centre for women and young women. Sessions can take place at various times through the week and the counselling can be either person-centred, psychodynamic or cognitive behaviour therapy. Individuals can self-refer or referrals can be made through other agencies or organisations.

For more information call 0151 474 4744 or visit