HEALTH professionals are urging people across Lancashire and South Cumbria to look after their mental health as we enter the latest national lockdown.

The past nine months have been difficult and there are many who have struggled with poor mental health due to the changes that we have had to face.

Dr Andy Knox, GP and a Director of Population Health in the NHS, said: “We are living in tough times together right now and I know that many of us are struggling, so it’s important to look after our mental health during the weeks and months ahead.”

To help with maintaining good mental health during the latest national lockdown, Dr Knox explains seven basic tips that, by following each day, you can use to improve your mental health:

A – Ask for help

B – Breathe

C – Connect

D – Develop a daily routine

E – Eat well and exercise

F – Focus on today’s activities

G – Be grateful

Paul Hopley, Deputy Director for Mental Health for Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System, said: “I cannot emphasise enough the importance of looking after our mental health during this latest lockdown. This will be a very difficult time for many people, just after a tough Christmas and an altogether challenging year.

“Most importantly, make sure you ask for help if you need it. The NHS is still here for you and there are many services, both NHS and others, that can help to support your mental health during this time.

“Anyone struggling should call Samaritans on 116123, the National Debtline on 0808 808 4000.

“There is support available to help you with your mental health and wellbeing, including free access to online counselling and support services, support specifically for children and young people, information about mental health support and crisis lines and details of local and national mental health services. Visit for more information.”