River of Life memorial

Helpline to support people

March 5, 2013 | Nick Taylor

A HELPLINE has been set up to support people as Warrington marks the 20th anniversary of the IRA bombing.

Mental Health Matters (MHM) will be operating the 24 hour, seven days a week helpline between March 11-25th and the number is 0800 0851720.

You may choose to call if you feel anxious, low or stressed and feel like talking to another person might help you to cope or you may be in emotional distress and feel like there is nowhere to turn.

When you ring the helpline, you will speak to a highly trained and experienced support worker who will use counselling skills to provide you with support, guidance and information about local services you may find helpful.

You don’t have to give your name and your call is confidential.

Cllr Mike Hannon, deputy leader of the council, said: “Marking this important anniversary will be an emotional experience for so many of us and as we continue to support each other and stay united as a town, as we have done over the past 20 years, it is important to the council that people have access to the right support.”

Brendan McLoughlin, Director of Services for Mental Health Matters, said: “Mental Health Matters are pleased to offer support to the people of Warrington through its Helpline, a service which lots of people have found helpful. It can provide an additional source of help and support to that from friends and families.” 

The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace also offers support all year round.

The Foundation’s Chief Executive, Nick Taylor said: “The next few weeks will bring back many memories and the helpline will be available for anyone affected. The Foundation’s professional team will be working closely with the council to provide support as it is needed.

The council and The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace are holding various events to mark this significant anniversary including a civic event in Bridge Street (12-12.45pm) followed by a celebratory event at the Peace Centre (2-5pm) on Saturday 16 March.

To find out more please visit www.warrington.gov.uk/newsroom and www.foundation4peace.org