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Beating Loneliness, Stress or Sadness This Festive Season


The festive season can be a joyous time for most, celebrated with friends and loves ones. However, many people can be gripped by stress, anxiety and loneliness. To help people cope with loneliness, Northwest Boroughs Healthcare have produced a short animation, with handy tips and advice on how to maintain good mental health and wellbeing:


For anyone struggling over the festive period with stress, anxiety or feeling they can’t cope with day-to-day life, including thoughts of suicide or self-harm, please visit the help in a crisis page on the Trust’s website for support and advice: www.nwbh.nhs.uk/help-in-a-crisis 

They also have mental health assessment teams in Halton, Knowsley, St Helens, Warrington and Wigan. These are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. If you feel you are experiencing a mental health crisis, you can contact your local assessment team directly on the numbers below:

Halton: 01925 664 000
Knowsley: 0151 676 5263
St Helens: 01744 621 688
Warrington: 01925 666 647
Wigan and Leigh: 01942 482 239
Sefton: 0151 525 5980

Guidance for children and young people up to age 18

Children and young people who are experiencing a mental health crisis can contact the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Response Team. The team is available 9am to 9pm seven days a week, covering Halton, Knowsley, St Helens and Warrington.

If you need urgent support or advice you can call the team on 01744 627 618. If nobody is available straight away, please leave a message and a member of the team will call you back as soon as they can.

If you are experiencing a mental health emergency after 9pm and need immediate help, please visit your nearest accident and emergency department  or call 999.


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