In a bid to reduce the number of male suicide rates across the borough, St Helens Council’s Healthy Living Team will be on hand in St Helens town centre this weekend to reassure men that ‘It’s Okay to Talk.’
Ahead of World Suicide Prevention Day on Sunday 10 September, members of Healthy Living will set out a stall with other council services and partner organisations in Church Square on Saturday 9 September to showcase their services and offer advice and support to improve people’s health and wellbeing.
The event – which will be opened by the Mayor and Mayoress of St Helens at 2:30pm, and coincides with the annual town centre classic car show – will mark the start of a months’ worth of activities leading up to World Mental Health Day on Tuesday 10 October.
St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, Councillor Gill Neal, said: “In St Helens between 2014 and 2016, 85 per cent of deaths by suicide and undetermined injury involved men.
“Reaching out to people who are going through a difficult time or have become disconnected from others can be a game changer.
“That’s why we’re reinforcing the message that ‘It’s Okay to Talk’ – because talking about any hidden anxieties can make all the difference to achieving a healthier state of mind.
“With male footfall in the town centre likely to be high that day as a result of the classic car show, I’d strongly encourage a visit to our marquee where men are open to chat to our dedicated team about any issues they may have.”