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Time to off-load for OK2ASK
The OK2ASK campaign joined forces with Saints, Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide and our local campaign sponsors to launch OK2ASK and an award winning project called 'Off-load'. The event, which took place on the 13th December at the Totally Wicked Stadium, aimed to highlight the sessions which will be coming to St.Helens in January 2020, which aim to build mental fitness in men by creating a programme of sessions based around the premise of a rugby match. 

Councillor Anthony Burns, cabinet member for public health, leisure and libraries, said: “We know many men will shrug off any attempts to talk about how they feel and think that ‘manning up’is keeping how they feel quiet. But we should be fighting this age old stereotype as this false bravado can lead to people not getting the help they really need and could lead to someone taking their own life. When you see that suicide is the biggest cause of death in men under 50 we have to do all we can to tackle this issue. “That is why we are backing Offload, which is a brilliant way to break down the walls for men to talk openly about how they are feeling and get advice on how to deal with the pressures that life may throw at them.”

Zero Suicide Alliance Free Online Training
One life lost to suicide is one too many. Take the 20 minute FREE online training from the Zero Suicide Alliance. It could save a life. 

Every Mind Matters - Public Health England launches the first national NHS mental health campaign
We don’t need to wait until we are struggling with our mental health; ‘Every Mind Matters’ encourages adults to be more aware of their mental health and help them discover simple steps to look after their mental health and wellbeing. The campaign provides useful resources to help you spot the signs of common mental health concerns, offering practical self-care tips and guidance, and explains when to seek further support.

There is a free NHSapproved online tool on the Every Mind Matters website, which helps you build an action plan to deal with stress and anxiety, boost your mood, improve your sleep and help you feel more in control.

To learn more about how to look after your mental health and create your own action plan, visit:

World Suicide Prevention Day - September 2019
The local community came together in St.Helens, to raise awareness of suicide prevention in memory of Kelly Cunningham, a local girl from Thatto Heath who lost her life to suicide. Click the video below for the full story.