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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 health problems.

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.

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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 week

Show your support - add the ribbon to your profile picture on on facebook here

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 call 999

If you are concerned about someone you know or live near:

  • 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.
If you think you're experiencing Domestic Abuse? 
  • 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 someone.

  • 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: 116 123
For more information about suicide prevention, visit: www.oktoaskcampaign.co.uk 

 

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The Safe2speak Domestic Abuse Service is free to any resident of St.Helens who is a victim of domestic abuse,whatever your living situation.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse you can phone the team for immediate help and support.

Call: 01744 743200 

24hr Helpline: 01925 220 541

If you are not able to call the Safe2Speak helpline, for whatever reason - whether you are deaf, or it is just not safe to do so - then you can now text:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

TEXT: 07781472828

 You will receive an automated response, which you may wish to delete for your own safety: 'Your concern has been logged and is being processed'

 Your text will be picked up Monday to Friday 9-5pm and you will be contacted within 24-48 hours - we can respond by text, phone or email, whatever is the safest for you, so make sure you include the relevant information in your text.

 As always in an emergency call 999 and if you are unable to speak, press 55 to confirm an emergency.

http://safe2speak.co.uk/