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Free online support for mental health issues

Published Wednesday 7 October 2015 at 11:15

If you’re experiencing a tough time at home or work or struggling with mental health issues, you can now access free online professional and peer support.

The ‘Big White Wall’ is available to over 16s in Blackburn with Darwen, delivered by the NHS and Blackburn with Darwen Council to support the wider mental health and wellbeing of people in the borough.

It provides safe, anonymous and free online support 24/7 with a supportive community, information and self-help resources and trained counsellors online at all times. Access is easy, simply go to www.bigwhitewall.com and enter your postcode.

If you’re struggling, or know someone who is, don’t hesitate to join or recommend it to someone you know.  95 per cent of members reported feeling better as a result and 73 per cent shared something for the first time.

Councillor Mustafa Desai, Executive Member for Health and Adult Social Care, said:

The service is designed to help people get support, take control and feel better. It provides 24/7 peer and professional support, plus a range of wellbeing tools. This service is safe and anonymous so no one will know you have chosen to use it unless you tell them.

A short film has been produced for more information: http://www.bigwhitewall.com/landing-pages/videohowitworks.aspx

Whatever the health or wellbeing-based concern, the Council’s Wellbeing Service is also on hand to put local residents in touch with the best people to meet their needs.

Residents can contact staff direct at: (01254) 682037, www.refreshbwd.com/change or wellbeing@blackburn.gov.uk and GPs can also refer people in to the service.

To access the help available, you just need to be over 16 and live, work or have a GP in Blackburn with Darwen.

 

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