Mental health & domestic abuse are of particular concern at
the moment - with people spending more time at home than usual.
This is because being isolated can prevent victims from getting
help and cause anxiety, stress and loneliness for those with mental
Which is why for Mental Health Awareness Week, St Helens Council
and members of the St Helens Community Safety Partnership are
urging people to support those dealing with domestic abuse to get
mental health help if they need it.
Many of the people who are victims or their friends and family
supporting them through dealing with the trauma of domestic abuse
will also find their mental health suffers.
A ribbon is a symbol of awareness and
According to Refuge UK, every week 3
women take their own lives to escape domestic abuse.
So as part of this year's week of action we are encouraging
people to think about the links between domestic abuse and mental
health. As part of that message a new ribbon incorporating the
colours of green for mental health awareness and purple for
domestic abuse support to remind people of the impact both issues
have on people affected by domestic abuse. The Steve Prescott
Bridge will also be lit up in the campaign colours during the
Show your support - add the ribbon to your profile picture on on
Help give victims another choice:
If you hear violence from your neighbours, make the call, do it in
confidence: call 101 or if you think someone is in immediate danger
If you are concerned about someone you know or live near:
If you think you're experiencing Domestic
- Ask them if they want to talk, listen to them, and assure them
it's not their fault.
- Let them know you are concerned and encourage them to get help
from the support services available.
- You can offer to contact a support service or someone they
trust, on their behalf.
- You are allowed to leave the house during lockdown and could
get help whilst out.
- If you need to leave, plan ahead - have a bag ready with the
things you need such as phone, clothes, money or medication.
- You are not alone - you will be listened to and helped.
- It's never your fault.
You can call the Safe 2 Speak 24 hour helpline on 01925
220 541 for help, refuge and advice
Get more information about domestic abuse support here
It's #OK2ASK for help
If you're having suicidal thoughts, it's important that you tell
- Remember that thoughts of suicide are just thoughts, you don't
have to act on them.
- 1 in 5 people experience them.
- It's important to acknowledge that it's OK to have these
feelings and get help.
Call: 01925 275309 for 24 hour mental health support
across Cheshire and Merseyside.
Samaritans also provide 24 hour support, call: 116
For more information about suicide prevention, visit: www.oktoaskcampaign.co.uk