Signposting to other organisations

Mental Health and Wellbeing


Bereavement Support- from Cumbria County Council 


Every Life Matters: Cumbrian organisation which works to prevent suicide and support those who have lost a loved one to suicide. They have free resources and training as well as lots of practical tips for getting through, and a really good COVID wellbeing pack.

First Step – north, east and west Cumbria’s NHS talking therapies service – you can self refer or be referred by your GP for free access to CBT for “mild to moderate” depression and anxiety, anger or sleep issues . There is also an online package specifically targeted to help address perinatal mental health issues. 


Health and Wellbeing Coaches – run by Cumbria County Council - they work with you to make positive changes to your life


Perinatal mental health teams: treat and support mums (up to 1 year post birth) and pregnant women with mental health problems: North Cumbria; South Cumbria

Maternal Mental Health Hub (details coming soon!)


Mindline Cumbria – support, advice and information around mental illness


We Can – wellbeing hub attached to the ICan gym in Carlisle


Ways to Wellbeing workshops - Cumbrian workshops to help you manage your wellbeing.



Action on Post-Partum Psychosis - national charity for women and families affected by postpartum psychosis (PP). PP is a severe mental illness which begins suddenly following childbirth. 

​Birth Trauma Association - small organisation with a Facebook group and email peer support for women you experienced trauma around birth or miscarriage.


Breathe’s YouTube channel offers a series of Wellbeing Workshops including creative writing, drawing, dance and poetry


Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) – Whilst their campaigning focus is on male suicide, their helplines and webchat are open to anyone, 0800 585858 5pm-midnight every day or they have a webchat page.


Eating disorder support – from Beat – they have a helpline on 0808 801 0711 and are open 365 days a year, 12-6pm Mon-Fri, 4-8pm weekends and bank holidays.


Every Mind Matters – Get a personalised Mind plan from NHS – points you in the direction of lots of other resources


Headspace – Website and app for meditation, mindfulness and relaxation, starting at 1 minute – they are offering a free set of dedicated resources for you called ‘Weathering the Storm’


Mind – Side by Side is their new online community to support people with mental health problems (it replaces Elefriends from September 2020) – And they have lots of great information about maternal mental health conditions


PANDAS - national charity supporting women with post-natal depression through a support line, peer groups and information.

Papyrus – They focus on people under 35 and have a phone line (0800 0684141) Monday to Friday 9am – 10pm, weekends and bank holidays 2pm-10pm, and a text service (07860039967) and email service ( They also have a really good database of Apps that can help.


Samaritans: Has a 24-hour helpline (116123) and an email chat service ( if speaking to someone is too overwhelming.


Seasonal Affective Disorder - NHS guide to the condition, and how to get help


Shout – Text support for mental health problems


Tommys - National charity which researches and informs about issues such as miscarriage, baby loss, and has some great resources on mental health and wellbeing

Parenting, family and relationships


Children's centres: Find your nearest children’s centre here: 


Cumbria Family Support offer support for families and children in the area


Diff-Ability – Cumbrian not-for-profit which supports families with children who have Down’s Syndrome, autism, learning disability, disabilities and neuro-diversity –

Family Action – run courses and activities for free online and at Children’s Centres





Gateway for Women – women’s centre in Carlisle  

Leos - Local charity supporting families who have or have had a baby in a neonatal unit.


West North East Cumbria Maternity Voices Partnership offer advice, advertise classes and support networks and provide opportunities to feedback on local maternity services


Turning the Spotlight - Supports couples and families in Cumbria where low-level conflict, violence or abuse has been identified. We also work with individuals who have (or are at risk of) causing harm.


Women Out West – west Cumbrian women’s group





Best Beginnings -

NCT (National Childbirth Trust) – Support for new parents including postnatal courses


Find baby and toddler classes near you via Happity


This Dad Can offers courses and groups to connect Dads across the UK and locally


DadPad  is the essential guide for new dads, developed with the NHS

Exercise and activity


African Dance and Salsa – Carlisle classes with Joy


Buggy Fit – Classes outdoors in Cockermouth, Workington, Keswick and Penrith. /


Clubbercise and more from Aleasha – Carlisle area


FeminFit Cumbria - kids welcome at this women’s fitness class in north Cumbria


House of Holistics – Carlisle yoga and fitness online programmes

Ican gym/fitness centre – Carlisle-based women’s gym


One Fit Mama – Mum and Baby fitness, antenatal classes in north Cumbria and Hexham -


Outdoor postnatal fitness in Whinlatter

The Hiking Household - free pram friendly walks in Carlisle area with Laura, a mum of 4, plus lots of info about child friendly walking routes across Cumbria.


Yoga Studio Carlisle - face-to-face and online options




Active 10 – app for apple and android – for walking with a structure


Fiton – Really good app with lots of free workouts, as recommended by one of our service users!

Little people

Sing and sign online classes locally -

House of Holistics Carlisle – will be offering online baby yoga and massage and toddler yoga


ARTventurers Carlisle, Penrith, Keswick Community Group – online activities


Pyjama Drama – online local activities for toddlers and younger kids -


CBeebies – Loads of free games and activities for all ages – there’s a radio station too!


Story time – online books and activities for free


113 activities for kids when self-isolating


Homemade edible paint – for younger kids


Phonics Play – offering free access to their resources during school closures – lots of games and language activities


30 day Lego Challenge – downloadable calendar for the building enthusiasts


Scholastic – a really good structured learning programme for all ages


What’s On 4 Kids – set the filter to digital resources and get online stuff to do


Tumble Tots online – climbing and agility stuff for toddlers


Ready Steady Mum – Watchtree group with lots of ideas for mums and kids

Other great organisations

Black Mothers Matter – national organisation for black mothers


Five X More – National campaign aimed at reducing inequalities around childbirth for black women


People First – Cumbrian advocacy, forum and counselling charity for mental health and learning disabilities


Carlisle Key – Charity supporting young people at risk of homelessness


Anti-Racist Cumbria – Local campaigning and education group


Disabled Parent -National resources for disabled parents


LGBT+ parenting – Information and resources for LGBT+ parents


Safety Net- a free service supporting the recovery of those affected by rape, exploitation and abuse in Cumbria