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New mental health support comes to Carlisle

The Lighthouse is open every evening Credit: ITV Border

People experiencing mental health crisis in Carlisle have a new place to find support.

The Lighthouse is open every evening and offers a safe, comfortable place to discuss issues and receive help. It's run by Carlisle Eden Mind and anyone experiencing problems is welcome to make an appointment.

Our reporter Ryan Dollard visited The Lighthouse and spoke with the manager, Chris Graham:

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