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It's Okay to Talk event proves successful

Article date - 13 September 2017

In a bid to reduce the number of male suicide rates across the borough, St Helens Council’s Healthy Living Team were on hand in St Helens town centre on Saturday to reassure men that ‘It’s Okay to Talk.’
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Ahead of World Suicide Prevention Day last Sunday (10 September), members of Healthy Living set out a stall with other council services and partner organisations to showcase their services and offer advice and support to improve people’s health and wellbeing.

The event – which was opened by the Mayor and Mayoress and coincided with the annual town centre classic car show –  was well received by the general public and marks 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, who was in attendance, 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."