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3 of every 4 suicides are men

In your corner Published: Tuesday, 11th June 2019

Warrington is in your corner this Men’s Health Week, 10 - 16 June, promoting mental health services.

The Men’s Health Forum has published figures stating that 75 per cent of suicides are men.

The council’s cabinet member for public health and wellbeing, Cllr Maureen McLaughlin said: “It can be difficult to open up to our friends and family to admit that we’re struggling. This is particularly worrying for men, as they are more likely to take their own lives.

“We’re encouraging men to look out for their friends and support them through difficulties with their mental health.

“We’re also promoting the different services men can access if they’re feeling low, stressed or struggling with poor mental health. If you’re finding it hard to cope, are feeling desperate or are having thoughts of suicide, talk to someone you trust such as a friend, family member, or GP.”

Warrington’s ‘In your corner’ campaign was introduced to support men to get information, advice and support about mental health and local services. For Men’s Health Week, the initiative is focusing on suicide prevention, encouraging men to talk to their mates if they notice a change in their behaviour or mood.

Dr Phil Cooper, a nurse consultant in substance misuse at North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust said: “Mental fitness is just as important as physical fitness. Looking out for your mates and talking about issues before they become problems can help keep you mentally fit.”

There are many local resources and services, in addition to national support, that residents can find on Warrington’s mental health awareness website, happyoksad.org.uk. The services are available all year round, and they include those that offer support to people who feel suicidal and services for people bereaved by suicide.

There are several helplines and services men and boys of all ages can contact for support:

Warrington assessment team – for people aged 18 and over with moderate to severe symptoms of mental health problems. Call 01925 666647, open 24 hours.

Warrington CAMHS – for young people in crisis (under 18) and family members worried about a young person, can call this number if they need to access help quickly. Call 01925 579 405, 9am-9pm.

PAPYRUS HopelineUK – for young people who feel suicidal, and anyone concerned about a young person. Call 0800 068 4141.

CALM – phone line and webchat, 365 days, 5pm to midnight for men who want to talk things through 0800 58 58 58.

The Samaritans – you can contact Samaritans 24/7 on 116 123 or visit www.samaritans.org.