Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust (LSCFT), which delivers mental health services across the area, has set up a new 24/7 phone line and five Mental Health Urgent Assessment Centres.
Together the two should simplify the system for receiving support for people who are in crisis.
There is a newly launched telephone support service available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by calling 0800 953 0110.
Trained medical professionals are available to answer calls from people needing immediate advice or assistance, for themselves or a friend or family member.
Callers can receive a mental health assessment and referral on to appropriate services