Our Mental Health Services

Our mental health services support people who are experiencing difficulties in their day to day lives due to mental health problems.  The services you will receive depend on the health problem you are experiencing:

Here are the mental health services we provide:

Mild to moderate common mental health problems such as depression or anxiety disorders 
First Step - provides evidence-based talking therapies to adults in Cumbria with mild to moderate depression & anxiety disorders.

Severe & enduring mental health problems such as severe depression, anxiety, a personality disorder 
Community Mental Health Services (CMHs) - made up of a number of people including mental health nurses, social workers, doctors, occupational therapists and psychologists.

People who are having an acute episode with their mental health relating to illnesses like depression, anxiety or schizophrenia
Acute mental health services include Access & Liaison Services, Home Treatment & Inpatient Mental Health Services.

Severe eating disorders 
Anorexia Nervosa Intensive Service (ANIS) supports people with a diagnosis of a severe eating disorder.

Memory problems such as dementia and alzheimer's disease
Memory & later life services provide assessment and a range of evidence based interventions in a variety of settings including the person’s home, GP surgery, Care Home, clinic or hospital, depending upon the individuals’ circumstances.

People who require intensive rehabilitation for complex mental health problems 
Rehabilitation services at the Acorn Unit in Carlisle, we facilitate rehabilitation for people with complex mental health needs.

Young people who may be experiencing symptoms of Psychosis 
Amaze - this early intervention service assesses young people aged between 14 and 65 to see if the service is right for them.

All other mental health problems in children and young people
Our Specialist Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) provides Tier 3 services to young people. If you are a young person visit our website, Life is a Rollercoaster.


Better support for those who are in mental health crisis

From Our Mental Health Team Better support for those who are in mental health crisis

A pilot scheme that helps get the right support quickly for those in mental health crisis in Cumbria is underway.

Suicide Prevention Conference

From Our Mental Health Team Suicide Prevention Conference

200 delegates attend the Suicide Prevention Conference

Cumbrian Mental Health Nurse first to receive national recognition

From Our Mental Health Team Cumbrian Mental Health Nurse first to receive national recognition

Thomas Kearney, CPFT Mental Health Practitioner, has been credited by The Royal College of Nursing

Reading Well to improve your mental wellbeing

From Our Mental Health Team Reading Well to improve your mental wellbeing

Reading Well books are now available in libraries across Cumbria

First Step support service among country’s best

From Our Mental Health Team First Step support service among country’s best

First Step has become one of the most successful Mental Health services in the country

Cumbria Partnership mark World Suicide Prevention Day

Cumbria Partnership mark World Suicide Prevention Day

Mental Health providers working to reduce the risk of suicide and self harm

Kentmere Ward Update:  Drop in session well attended

Kentmere Ward Update:  Drop in session well attended

Healthwatch Cumbria facilitated a session to listen to the views of the community.

Trust Supports Armed Forces Day

From Our Mental Health Team Trust Supports Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day is being celebrated across the county, find out what events are on and the services on offer to support Military Veterans

Have your say on the future of mental health inpatient provision

From Our Mental Health Team Have your say on the future of mental health inpatient provision

Option appraisal workshops are being held across the county prior to the mental health consultation taking place later in the year

Kentmere Unit Update:  Healthwatch Cumbria help Trust listen to the community

Kentmere Unit Update:  Healthwatch Cumbria help Trust listen to the community

Healthwatch Cumbria is hosting a drop in event following concerns about the Kentmere Unit.

Kentmere Unit closure decision delayed

Kentmere Unit closure decision delayed

The decision to temporarily close the Kentmere Unit at Westmorland General Hospital has been delayed, pending further assessment.

Mental health practitioner swaps books for boots

From Our Mental Health Team Mental health practitioner swaps books for boots

Mental health practitioner Nicky Lavery steps into the shoes of military veterans to help evolve First Step services.

More awards for Trust’s mental health units

More awards for Trust’s mental health units

The Kentmere ward at the Westmorland General Hospital has been awarded the Full Monty award from the organisation Star Wards

Support for #TimeToChange

From Our Mental Health Team Support for #TimeToChange

The Communications Team decided to show their support for the national Time to Talk campaign

Patients ‘felt safe all day’ during last week’s flood at Dane Garth

Patients ‘felt safe all day’ during last week’s flood at Dane Garth

Patients who were on the mental health inpatient unit at Furness General unit when it flooded last week have shared their experiences

CQC publish results of patient experience survey

CQC publish results of patient experience survey

Care Quality Commission’s annual survey of mental health services

Rachael urges staff to sign up to the organ donor register

From Our Mental Health Team Rachael urges staff to sign up to the organ donor register

“I’m really proud of working for the NHS because of what they have done for me”

Psychiatry-Neuroscience team wins senior communications prize for hip-hop innovation project

Psychiatry-Neuroscience team wins senior communications prize for hip-hop innovation project

Duo have won an award for their innovative ways of using hip-hop music and culture to help tackle mental health issues.

CQC monitoring report about Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Mental Health Services

CQC monitoring report about Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Mental Health Services

This Thursday the 11th June, the Care Quality Commission published a routine report about Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust...

New drop in service to support dementia

New drop in service to support dementia

A new drop service is soon to be available for those affected by dementia

Dementia Awareness Week: My dementia story

Dementia Awareness Week: My dementia story

To raise awareness of dementia Mr Dawson from Eden talks about his wife's dementia journey.

Patient Safety Awards - #seethePERSON Cumbria has been shortlisted in the Changing Culture category

Patient Safety Awards - #seethePERSON Cumbria has been shortlisted in the Changing Culture category

#seethePERSON is a new way of working that was developed to provide better care to patients of memory and Later Life Mental Health Services

Mental Health Awareness Week: Helpful top tips

Mental Health Awareness Week: Helpful top tips

To round off mental health week we have developed these top tips from NHS Choices

Mental health awareness week: Suicide prevention

From Our Mental Health Team Mental health awareness week: Suicide prevention

To promote mental health awareness week the Trust has produced a number of articles raising awareness of different mental health issues

Focus on: Richard Pape Lead fire officer for the Trust

Trust-wide News Focus on: Richard Pape Lead fire officer for the Trust

Since joining the Trust Richard has made a real difference to staff's fire awareness

New Beginnings in Mental Health and Social Care

From Our Mental Health Team New Beginnings in Mental Health and Social Care

On Friday 27th March 2015 over 250 delegates from both Cumbria and further afield attended a major conference at Rheged in Penrith...

Support for people with personality disorders in Cumbria is changing from April 2015

From Our Mental Health Team Support for people with personality disorders in Cumbria is changing from April 2015

The current provision of intensive support on offer in the Aspatria and Carlisle areas supports only a small minority of people in Cumbria.

CQC inspection for Furness CMHT team

From Our Mental Health Team CQC inspection for Furness CMHT team

CQC praise professionalism of Furness Community Mental Health Team...

Cumbria’s Headstart project

From Our Children & Families Team Cumbria’s Headstart project

A vision to ensure young people in Cumbria have access to all the support they need to promote their emotional wellbeing and mental health

Take part in Time to Talk Day at Work

From Our Mental Health Team Take part in Time to Talk Day at Work

Take 5 minutes on the 5th February to talk about mental health

Ways to Wellbeing Workshops

From Our Health Professionals Team Ways to Wellbeing Workshops

As an alternative to individual talking therapies we also have workshops which you might be offered at assessment from FirstStep

Full Monty for Dova Unit

Full Monty for Dova Unit

Dova Unit is star ward for provision of therapeutic activities supporting recovery of service users

Dr Sam Dearman writes national training text for Royal College of Psychiatry

Dr Sam Dearman writes national training text for Royal College of Psychiatry

Clinical Director of Medical Education wrote the book after finding a lack of guidance for trainees

World Suicide Prevention Day

From Our Mental Health Team World Suicide Prevention Day

Dr Dave Prosser explains how spotting the warning signs early is key to getting help to those who need it.

Event aims to inspire people to invest time in the health of their community

From Our Specialist Services Team Event aims to inspire people to invest time in the health of their community

Guest speakers hope to inspire members to make a difference at this year's Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust AGM.

Mental Health Conference Summary

From Our Mental Health Team Mental Health Conference Summary

Service users and carers were invited to attend an inspirational conference to learn more about the Mental Capacity Act 2005.