THE past six days have seen a focus on Mental Health Awareness Week. It has been a chance to highlight the help and support that is available for us all when we’re feeling low.

Lockdown can be extremely tough, and it’s important to do all we can to look after our own and each other’s mental health.

Former Saints players including many of my childhood heroes like Paul Loughlin, Alan Hunte and Phil Veivers have filmed messages backing St Helens Council’s Ok2Ask campaign giving people tips and advice on how best to look after your mental wellbeing, and our Youth Service team is reaching out to young people across the borough by launching a new Instagram account - @YouthServiceStH –  aiming to help support their mental wellbeing. Visit for lots of tips and information.

In the St Helens borough throughout the COVID-19 outbreak we have seen countless examples of tremendous kindness, as people, businesses and groups have come together to support one another, so it’s therefore fitting that the message of Mental Health Awareness Week is #KindnessMatters. Find out more at 

St Helens Council has been backing Foster Care Fortnight, which is the UK’s biggest foster care awareness raising campaign.

During the coronavirus pandemic the number of children and teenagers in need of foster care is sadly increasing.

Thankfully lots of people in St Helens have already taken up the opportunity of helping children and young people through fostering, and we need more.

Applications are welcome from those who are single, in a relationship, married or divorced, regardless of gender or sexual orientation.

The most important thing is that you are able to provide a safe and loving environment for a child.

If you think you could help to transform a child’s life for the better, please call our fostering team on 01744 671199 or visit for more information.

They’ll support you every step of the way and give you all the advice you need.

Best wishes to all Star readers.