SAINTS players James Roby and Alex Walmsley have shared messages of support during Mental Health Awareness Week.

This week (May 18 to May 24) is Mental Health Awareness Week, an issue which has also been brought into sharp focus due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

St Helens has had significant levels of mental health issues and levels of suicide.

Charity St Helens Mind has offered a telephone befriending for adults, who may not normally be eligible for its services but who are feeling lonely or isolated during this challenging time.

Meanwhile, GP Laura Pogue, clinical lead for mental health for St Helens CCG said we “cannot underestimate” the impact restrictions on our way of life will have on our mental health.

To mark Mental Health Awareness Week, Saints captain James Roby and prop forward Alex Walmsley shared messages, urging those who need support to speak to someone and to reach out to family and friends to check on them.


James Roby said: "It might feel uncomfortable to ask somebody if they're OK but it could be a lifesaving question. Reach out to family and friends."


Alex Walmsley added: "Mental health is nothing to be ashamed of and you shouldn't struggle alone. If you are struggling with anything to do with mental health, then make sure you reach out to speak to someone, whether it's a friend, a family member or a colleague. Just speak to someone."