Comment from council leader Barrie Grunewald

St Helens Council leader Barrie Grunewald
St Helens Council leader Barrie Grunewald
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If you’re having mental health problems, you’re not alone. One in four of us will have problems with our mental health at some time in our lives.

In this day and age it’s hard to believe that there is still a stigma attached to mental health issues.

As part of St. Helens Council’s Arts Cultural Hubs programme, a special event will be held at St Helens Central library on Friday, October 10 to celebrate World Mental Health Day.

The event sees renowned author Matt Haig opening Tight Modern; a touring miniature replica of London’s iconic Tate Modern Gallery which showcases 60 marginalized artists (many from St. Helens).

There will be a range of enlightening performances including author Matt Haig Matt suffered a breakdown in his early twenties. After battling depression for a long while he turned to writing.

He now believes that reading and writing books saved his life. His novels include the bestsellers; The Last Family in England, The Radleys and The Humans.

His next book is about his experience of depression, called Reasons to Stay Alive.

So if you or someone you know suffers from a mental illness make a date in your diary for this really helpful and informative event.

The links between too much alcohol – and its potentially fatal consequences – is being highlighted this week and will target bars and clubs in St Helens town centre.

Police officers are distributing posters, beer mats and bar entrance hand stamps bearing campaign messages.

Police patrols will be stepped up as campaign organisers – including St Helens Council, Merseyside Police and other members of the Community Safety Partnership - do all they can to urge customers to Be Safe Around Town.

Although we have a very safe night time economy here in St Helens, it’s important to demonstrate how too much alcohol can turn a good night into a bad one.

If you have witnessed a crime, or been a victim of one, you should report it to Merseyside Police on 999. Only use 999 if you are in immediate danger, or the crime is happening now. When it is less urgent than 999, you should call 101.

g As I write, Scotland is just days away from making arguably the most important decision in it’s history, on Thursday the Scottish Referendum takes place and the outcome of which could have profound implications for us all.

I am proud to be Scottish, but I am also proud to be part of something bigger and I resent being forced to choose between two identities.

We face a stark choice. We can have more powers for Scotland over tax and welfare guaranteed, backed up by the strength, security and

stability of being part of the UK.

We can have safer, faster, better change for Scotland within the UK but as part of that we need to see more devolution to England too. Or the Scottish people can take a leap into the unknown with all the risks and uncertainties of separation.

I believe that Scottish people must vote with their heads and reject the nasty Nationalism which has become too apparent during the campaign.

I have long believed, that the United Kingdom is a great nation –much more than the sum of its parts –and one that has faced down adversity many times in its history, simply through the common endeavours of its people.

I believe wholeheartedly in its future; put simply we are surely stronger together than we are apart.

g I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Saints on topping Super League, a marvellous achievement and very well deserved. A first class club in a first class stadium. We can all look forward to the play offs.

If you’re having mental health problems, you’re not alone. One in four of

us will have problems with our mental health at some time in our lives.

In this day and age it’s hard to believe that there is still a stigma

attached to mental health issues.

As part of St. Helens Council’s Arts Cultural Hubs programme, a special

event will be held at St. Helens Central library on Friday 10th October to

celebrate World Mental Health Day.

The event sees renowned author Matt Haig opening Tight Modern; a touring

miniature replica of London’s iconic Tate Modern Gallery which showcases 60

marginalized artists (many from St. Helens). There will be a range of

enlightening performances including author Matt Haig Matt suffered a

breakdown in his early twenties. After battling depression for a long while

he turned to writing. He now believes that reading and writing books saved

his life. His novels include the bestsellers; The Last Family in England,

The Radleys and The Humans. His next book is about his experience of

depression, called Reasons to Stay Alive.

So if you or someone you know suffers from a mental illness make a date in

your diary for this really helpful and informative event.

One punch can kill.

The links between too much alcohol – and its potentially fatal consequences

– is being highlighted this week and will target bars and clubs in St

Helens town centre. Police officers are distributing posters, beer mats and

bar entrance hand stamps bearing campaign messages.

Police patrols will be stepped up as campaign organisers – including St

Helens Council, Merseyside Police and other members of the Community Safety

Partnership - do all they can to urge customers to ‘Be Safe Around Town.’

Although we have a very safe night time economy here in St Helens, it’s

important to demonstrate how too much alcohol can turn a good night into a

bad one.

If you have witnessed a crime, or been a victim of one, you should report

it to Merseyside Police on 999. Only use 999 if you are in immediate

danger, or the crime is happening now. When it is less urgent than 999, you

should call 101.

What a classic!

More than 65 memorable motors will be lining up in Church Square in St

Helens town centre for this year’s Classic Car Show, sponsored by Lookers

Vauxhall, this Saturday 20 September.

Organised by St Helens Council and the Phoenix Clock Face Car Club, the

show features vehicles from the 1940s, 50s, 60s and 70s as well as a range

of classic American cars, bikes and scooters.

Hundreds of motoring fans are expected at the one-day show, which forms

part of St Helens Council’s extensive and diverse town centre events

programme.

There’ll be plenty to see - with dozens of owners displaying their prestige

cars - and we’re expecting a huge turnout. It’s great to see the town

centre providing such a terrific backdrop to this incredibly popular event

which is a great day out.

The event takes place between 10am and 4pm and is completely free. Prizes

will be awarded for the best vehicles.

The Classic Car Show sponsored by Lookers Vauxhall is just one of the many

great events taking place in the town centre this autumn. The ever-popular

Continental Market will return to Church Street and Church Square between

Tuesday 30 September and Saturday 4 October. Saturday 18 October will see a

fantastic sci-fi event coming to St Helens town centre with ‘The Aliens are

coming’ in Church Square. And, if that wasn’t enough, the Olde Tyme Funfair

will be heading to Church Square between Friday 24 October and Saturday 1

November featuring a giant wheel and a host of vintage funfair.

St. Helens town centre provides a great range of high street stores and

independent shops, quality restaurants, pubs and bars. Easily accessible

car parking can be found at Chalon Way Car Park and throughout the town

centre.

For more information about what’s happening in St Helens go to

www.whatsoninsthelens.com or telephone 01744 676731. For regular event

updates go to facebook.com/whatsoninsthelens and ‘like’ our page or follow

us on twitter.com/whatsonsthelens

Top of the league for Saints

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Saints on topping

Super League, a marvellous achievement and very well deserved. A first

class club in a first class stadium. We can all look forward to the play

offs.

Scotland vote

As I write, Scotland is just days away from making arguably the most

important decision in it’s history, on Thursday the Scottish Referendum

takes place and the outcome of which could have profound implications for

us all. I am proud to be Scottish, but I am also proud to be part of

something bigger and I resent being forced to choose between two

identities. We face a stark choice. We can have more powers for Scotland

over tax and welfare guaranteed, backed up by the strength, security and

stability of being part of the UK. We can have safer, faster, better change

for Scotland within the UK but as part of that we need to see more

devolution to England too. Or the Scottish people can take a leap into the

unknown with all the risks and uncertainties of separation. I believe that

Scottish people must vote with their heads and reject the nasty Nationalism

which has become too apparent during the campaign. I have long believed,

that the United Kingdom is a great nation –much more than the sum of its

parts –and one that has faced down adversity many times in its history,

simply through the common endeavours of its people.I believe wholeheartedly

in its future; put simply we are surely stronger together than we are

apart.