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Mental Health Monday to broadcast live from St. George’s Plateau for 100th episode on Radio City Talk

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Mental Health Monday to broadcast live from St. George’s Plateau for 100th episode on Radio City Talk

Tomorrow (Monday 4 Feb) will see Radio City Talk’s Mick Coyle broadcast the station’s weekly Mental Health Monday series from the steps of our iconic St. George’s Hall as it marks 100 episodes of the ever important discussion show.

Mick will broadcast from 11am-3pm and will be joined by local charities and organisations, including PAPYRUS, The Oscar Phillips Foundation and Barnados. From Chasing the Stigma, Jake Mills will be joining Mick for the duration of the show. Local politicians Barry Kushner & Richard Kemp, both of whom have been involved in the mental health arena will be there for the ‘politicians’ block in the final hour along with Luciana Berger.

As part of the programme titled “Lost childhoods” Mick will be discussing various issues which highlight some saddening facts…

– 226 young people took their own life in 2017 (Ages 10-19 : ONS 2017 stats)

– 81% of young people do not believe there is enough mental health support available to them if they have problems (Young Minds)

– 92% of teachers are dealing with mental health conditions that go beyond their remit (Place2Be)

To further highlight these issues the Radio City Talk team, as part of the live broadcast will be placing more than 200 pairs of children’s shoes on the steps of St George’s Hall. These shoes represent the lives of those lost to suicide, and will help to shine a spotlight on the difficulties young people are facing in 2019.

Local mother Carmel Giansante, who lost her son to suicide, will join Mick to place a pair of her son’s school shoes on the installation.

Ahead of the live broadcast Mick said “We are so proud to reach a century of Mental Health Mondays. We knew Liverpool was a city that was ahead of the curve when it came to tackling the stigma but by we’ve been overwhelmed by the support the city has shown. I am touched by the support of so many local organisations and that we are able to provide a platform to share their incredible work. We hope our live broadcast will shine a spotlight on the issue of suicide in young people.” 

For further information about the show, featured guests, resources and signposting go to www.radiocitytalk.co.uk

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