Mental Health

  • Mental Health and Wellbeing Plan: Discussion Paper and Call for Evidence

    15 June 2022

    The Government has committed to develop a new cross-government, 10-year plan for mental health and wellbeing.

     As part of the consultation for this a ‘call for evidence’ discussion paper has been launched seeking public response to a range of questions.

    The survey can be found by following the link below and closes on 7th July.

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  • Free Resource Available: Exhibition In A Box

    2 March 2022

    Time to Change Halton has created an ‘Exhibition in a Box’ resource for local people, businesses, voluntary organisations and community groups to use at community events.

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  • Creative Alternatives

    22 February 2022

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    Creative Alternatives is the award-winning arts on prescription service for adults aged 18+, living or accessing healthcare in St Helens who are experiencing mild to moderate depression, anxiety &/or stress.

    The service aims to improve the emotional and social wellbeing of our clients through regular engagement in creative activity which in turn helps them to:

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  • Mental Health Support For Veterans

    3 February 2022

    Improved NHS veterans’ mental health services are available across England. If you are experiencing mental health difficulties, these services can provide a range of treatment and support regardless of when you left the armed forces. This includes recognising the early signs of mental health problems and providing access to early treatment and support, as well as therapeutic treatment for complex mental health difficulties and psychological trauma. Patients are also provided with help, where appropriate, with employment, reduction in alcohol consumption, housing and social support.

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  • Positive Life Workshops - Virtual Reality Gaming For Mental Health

    25 January 2022

    Positive Life Workshops CIC (who were one of the recipients of the Better Mental Health funding that St Helens Council received last year) are helping to improve the community's mental health. They are using a new fully immersive and innovative program that brings Virtual Reality gaming and meditations to help build resilience. The program has been created to help people look forward to the things we can do and to start to focus on living a more positive life. Helping show you your full potential.

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  • ZSA Suicide Awareness Training For University Students

    20 January 2022

    Zero Suicide Alliance are delighted to have launched the university student edition of their Suicide Awareness Training.
    Sadly 2,382 young people took their own lives (aged between 15 and 24) in England, Scotland and Wales between 2018 and 2020, according to a recent Samaritans report. The latest available data on student suicide figures (ONS, 2018) stated that eight students a month died by suicide in the academic year 2016 to 2017.

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  • Halton Mental Health Hubs Restarting

    20 January 2022

    The Aim of the Hubs is to give the public a direct link to the many different services out there who can provide you with help and support to manage your mental health. If you have a mental health issue, don’t be afraid to talk about it, come along and speak to those who can help. 


    • Runcorn Shopping City (Main Square) -1st Thursday of every month 9am -2pm


    • Greenoaks Shopping Centre Widnes (mobile stall, not a shop unit) - 3rd Wednesday of every month 9am – 2pm


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  • Take A Seat At A Happy To Chat Bench

    16 December 2021

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    Talking about how you are doing is one of the vital ways to help with your mental health. That is why St Helens Wellbeing have installed happy to chat benches at 25 locations across the borough where people can take a seat and chat to others as a way to support each other.


    The benches have been put in popular beauty spots including Sankey Valley, Taylor Park and Mesnes Park along with two all weather benches at Sherdley Park.

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  • National Self Care Week 2021

    16 November 2021

    Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, one of the largest community and mental health trusts in the North West, has developed a range of resources to help residents stay healthy during this winter and beyond.

     At the start of the National Self Care Week 2021, Mersey Care is marking the awareness campaign by promoting the support available to families and communities in line with the national theme of ‘choose self care for life.’

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  • Mind St Helens - Newsletter and Update

    9 September 2021

    As our community slowly regains some normality, the St.Helens Mind team is making plans for resuming their services. Thankfully, they were able to change their Befriending Service to telephone befriending at the very start of the pandemic and continued to welcome new  volunteers and referrals for people who were in need of regular one to one support.

    However, since early 2020, they  were required to close the majority of their services, as they use public buildings for groups and activities and these were closed due to the pandemic.

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