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South Lakeland Mind

The primary aim of South Lakeland Mind is to improve the lives of local people, especially those who are particularly disadvantaged, marginalised, socially excluded or vulnerable through mental ill health, and to work towards the promotion of better mental health and a greater sense of wellbeing for all in South Lakeland.

We aim to improve public understanding of mental health issues, challenge discrimination and seek more comprehensive, consistent and accessible services for them and their families, and/or carers across the area.

South Lakeland Mind was awarded the Mind Quality Mark in 2015 and is committed to providing a quality of service that aims to meet the needs and expectations of service users, funders and other stakeholders.

South Lakeland Mind has adopted Mind’s values and principles and is committed to equal opportunities.

RED January 2019

Support your mental health this January by getting active every day, your way!

We’re excited to be partnering with RED January, a community initiative providing people with support and a focus during a characteristically tough month.#

Whether it’s a morning swim, running a 5k or just taking your bike for a spin, you can join the thousands of people around the UK, kick-starting their 2019 in the most positive way.

Every Mind works tirelessly to support those who need help and we would be grateful for your fundraising support. We have teamed up with RED and National Mind and are one of 25 Local Minds taking on RED. So you can support RED either in your area or nationally.

By choosing to support a Local Mind you are ensuring any money raised directly impacts your local community. You can register for any Local Mind within Lancashire or Cumbria. If you have already registered with National Mind but would like to switch and support us locally please contact us to arrange this.

You can register for free here.

We look forward to going on this journey with you!

Contacting Us

Mind In West Cumbria can be found at 92 Stricklandgate, Kendal, LA9 4PU.

For the latest information please visit the South Lakeland Mind website or call 01539 740591.

Alternatively, you can email us at

Our Services

Our services are open to everyone over the age of 18 years and are provided at no cost to service users. The range of services we provide include:

Day Services

These are volunteer-led sessions, open to all with no appointment or referral required.

Opportunity to meet and socialise with other people in a safe, confidential, non-judgemental environment. Activities include meditation, art class, wellbeing walks, outings and occasional meals.

Click here to view the South Lakeland Mind Drop-In times

Advice and Information

South Lakeland Mind has developed a comprehensive range of information and advice on all aspects of mental health.

Information is available free of charge for people experiencing mental distress and/or their family/carers.

We have a library of books and a stock of free leaflets.

Support and Friendship

Our drop-ins are informal, friendly places to visit as you wish.

You can meet friends and make new ones, enjoy a tea or coffee or just sit quietly and wind down.

You can share problems or talk in confidence to one of our staff or volunteers.

Drop in and see us. You can be sure of a warm welcome.


If you would like to talk in confidence about any problems to a trained counsellor, please contact us at the Kendal office for more information or to arrange a first appointment.

Our counsellors are members of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

This service is provided free of charge.


We can arrange expert help to work with you to overcome problems. Our confidential advocacy service will:

  • Ensure that you are listened to and respected.
  • Find the necessary information to help you make informed choices.
  • Support you in exercising more control over choices and decisions, leaving you feeling more confident.

Holistic Therapies

We offer a range of holistic therapies by a qualified therapist; this is a very popular service which helps people to relax and feel good about themselves.

A nominal charge is made for this service.

Volunteering Opportunities

We welcome applications from volunteers over 18 years of age.

You don’t need expert knowledge or a qualification to be a Mind volunteer, just a desire to do something useful for the community.

We have a number of volunteer opportunities; there are no maximum or minimum periods required, we only ask that you put in whatever time you have available as we provide training and support.

South Lakeland Mind is committed to promoting Equality and Diversity.

Please telephone or email for an application pack.

....and always a listening ear.