A NEW interactive map has been developed to help patients find the right mental heath treatment that is closest to them.

The online map will let people know when and where services are available to them and where to find them.

The interactive map means that people can use it to find: their closest mental health service; most age-appropriate service (e.g. for younger or older people); language translation or interpretation facilities; opening hours for mental health services (e.g. 24 hour support) and different types of support for example, bereavement services, counselling, practical support).

The work has been developed by Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System, a partnership of NHS, local authority, public sector, voluntary, faith, community, social enterprise and academic organisations.

Paul Hopley, mental health deputy director for the ICS, said the right service for the right need is now easier than ever to access.

He said: “This is a brilliant initiative and is a great example of how we are working with partners across South Cumbria to make access to mental health services in our area as easy as possible."

Mr Hopley said he had seen for himself a big rise in mental health need since the pandemic began. He said: "We know that people have been struggling for the last few months during the pandemic. I've seen hugely increased services available to local people remotely, including from working closely with Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust;

It can be found on www.healthierlsc.co.uk/ServiceMap