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Article date - 04 September 2017
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."