While you wait, do what you can to look after your mental health

Your mental wellbeing is just as important as your physical health.

Having good mental health helps us relax, achieve and enjoy our lives more. 

The information and advice here is aimed at helping you arrive for your appointment with the best possible mental health.

  • In the time before your surgery, you can take simple steps to improve your mental health.
  • Maintaining and improving your overall wellbeing will lead to a faster recovery if you require surgery.
  • Once you are referred by your GP, the waiting journey begins. Make the most of the time before you see your specialist.
  • There are a range of resources in this section of the website which are aimed at helping you manage the wait, so you arrive for your appointment with the best possible mental health.

Managing your mental health before your operation

Many of us experience challenges with our mental health at some point in our lives. 

Every Mind Matters (opens in a new window) offers expert advice, practical tips, and plenty of help and support if you're stressed, anxious, low or struggling to sleep – or get Your Mind Plan and discover what works for you.

You can find top tips to improve your mental wellbeing here. 

There are also many tested and approved mental health apps available which can support your health and wellbeing here.

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Mental health support in Lancashire and South Cumbria

COVID-19 has had a far-reaching impact on people right across the world and it’s important, now more than ever, to take care of your mind as well as your body. 

Remember, it is OK to feel down, worried or anxious. These are normal reactions to uncertainty and to challenging events.

For non-urgent help and support in Lancashire and South Cumbria, visit our dedicated get support webpage.

To find services in your local area, check out our interactive map of mental health services.

You can also access specific support for a range of issues, including:

Debt and money

Talking therapy services

Bereavement support

Reproductive trauma service


If you’ve noticed changes in the way you are thinking or feeling over the past few weeks or months that concern you and cause you distress, see your GP or mental health practitioner.

If you need urgent medical attention, but it is not a life-threatening situation, you should go NHS 111 or call 111.

If you think your life is at risk, you should call 999.

Urgent mental health support

If you are in crisis and need support straight away, visit our crisis support page or alternatively:

  • call the mental health crisis line on 0800 953 0110,
  • contact the wellbeing helpline and texting services on 0800 915 4640 or by texting 'Hello' to 07860 022846 or,
  • dial 999 if you have harmed yourself.

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