Throughout July, the Samaritans asked people to share their tips on how to be a better listener as part of their Talk To Us 2022 campaign which aims to support people who may be struggling.
With the cost of living rising, the pressures of daily life building, and the long-term effects of the pandemic setting in, many people still just need a little extra support, but don’t know where to turn.
PAUSE is a new community listening space, located at the Gateway, 89 Sankey St, WA1 1SR, which offers a safe community space where people can talk openly about their mental health – free from stigma or judgment.
PAUSE enables conversation through listening, helping people to access support and information, and exploring effective ways of improving wellbeing.
It is also a place to learn how to identify, understand and help someone who is struggling with their mental health, as well as promoting awareness of suicide prevention in order to help save lives.
Good Neighbours is also a very special and valuable resource available in Warrington through Warrington Voluntary Action, who help support people through their loneliness.
They offer support to people who are feeling lonely or socially isolated; have limited or no support around them and need help with little things, Good Neighbours are there to provide anything from a friendly telephone call, to help with carrying out a variety of practical tasks.
Volunteers can meet for a weekly walk or chat, as one-to-one, or part of a group - or they can support people to get engaged with their local communities and activities.
Providing more practical support, volunteers can even collect essential shopping for up to three weeks, or collect medication or equipment from a pharmacy for those who have no one who can help out.
You can find more information on Good Neighbours, or you can refer yourself or on behalf of someone else by visiting warringtonva.org.uk
We all deserve to enjoy life and feel good about ourselves, but we also know that sometimes we need a little extra help.
So, whether you’re feeling great and want to stay that way, or you’re a bit fed up; or you’re struggling to manage your mood, happyoksad.warrington.gov.uk has a list of national and local services and resources to help support Warrington residents.
If you are in a mental health crisis, and need immediate help – you can call the local Mental Health Crisis Line free on 0800 051 1508, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The Samaritans are also available to help 365 days a year. You can talk to them any time you like, in your own way, off the record, about whatever is getting to you – free phone 116 123.
You can also call 999 for life-threatening emergencies if you need immediate help for your mental or physical health.