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Knowsley supports Overdose Awareness Day

by Sandra Issar

Knowsley Council is supporting International Overdose Awareness Day on Tuesday 31 August 2021.

It’s the world’s largest annual campaign to end overdose, remember without stigma those who have died, and the family and friends left behind. The day aims to raise awareness of overdose and prompt discussion about overdose prevention and drug policy.

Overdose Awareness Day comes shortly after it was announced that key partners in Knowsley – including the Council and Merseyside Police – secured £1.52m from central government to help tackle drug related crime and deaths.

As well as supporting Knowsley’s local policing team the funding will provide resources to Knowsley charity Change Grow Live to employ specialist staff to support drug users into treatment. This holistic approach will help reduce drug-related crime and the cycle of misuse and reoffending.

Treatment and recovery is a key area for the funding and supports a comprehensive expansion of Knowsley’s drug outreach, harm reduction, treatment, and recovery support services in each of the areas. This will include the recruitment of a Dual Diagnosis Nurse who will provide support to individuals with co-existing mental health and substance misuse issues.

Councillor Shelley Powell, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods and Cllr Christine Bannon, Knowsley Council Cabinet Member for Health said in a joint statement:

On International Overdose Awareness Day, we remember those whose lives have been lost and think of the loved ones left behind. The day is also an opportunity to raise awareness of the help and support services available, some of which have been enhanced thanks to funding secured for Knowsley residents.”

Drug and alcohol dependency support

Recovery services and treatment options for those who have substance abuse dependency or addictions in Knowsley is provided by the charity Change, Grow Live.

The website has lots of information and advice and you can access local support services and peer support groups too.

Mental Health Support

If you have concerns about your own mental health or that of someone you know you can contact one of the following agencies.

If you are in mental health crisis and you need urgent help, please call the NHS Mental Health crisis line on 0800 051 1508.  NHS staff will then support you to get the help you need. – Available for people of all ages, including children and young people, available 24/7. Call Freephone 0800 051 1508.

  • Samaritans– a national registered charity with local branches, available around the clock. Freephone: 116 123 or visit the Samaritans website.
  • Young Minds Parents Helpline offers free, confidential online and telephone support, including information and advice to any adult worried about the emotional problems, behaviour or mental health of a child or young person up to the age of 25. Lines are open Lines are open 9.30am to 4.00pm, Monday to Friday 0808 802 5544 (free for mobiles and landlines). YoungMinds website also has a range of support and guidance for parents who maybe worried about their child.
  • Kooth provides online and face to face counselling, information, advice and support for young people in secondary schools. Find out more on Kooth’s website.
  • Knowsley CAMHS Services is a referral service for children and young people in Knowsley whose emotional, behavioural or mental health issues are causing them problems in their school, family or social life. If you are worried about your child make an appointment to speak to your GP.
  • Listening Ear provide a range of emotional and psychological therapies and support services for children, young people and adults visit the Listening Ear website.
  • The Silver Line is a helpline which operates 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year for anyone aged 55 and over. It is free to call on 0800 4 70 80 90 from a mobile or landline.
  • CALM – Campaign Against Living Miserably– a registered charity, which exists to prevent male suicide in the UK. Phone: 0800 58 58 58 or visit the CALM website.
  • AMPARO– support after suicide – offering advice and support around suicide prevention as well as support to adults, children and young people affecting by suicide. Find out more by calling 0330 088 9255, emailing referrals@listening-ear.co.uk, visit the website at listening-ear.co.uk/amparo or follow on Twitter @AMPARO_LEM
  • SOBS (Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide)– meeting the needs and overcoming the isolation experienced by people over the age of 18 who have been bereaved by suicide. Find out more by calling 0300 111 5065, emailing support@hotmail.com, visit the website at https://uksobs.org/or follow on Twitter @SOBSCharity.

Visit International Overdose Awareness Day for more information about the campaign.

More About Central Government Funding

The work in Knowsley has received ‘Project ADDER Accelerators’ funding.

In January 2021, the Prime Minister announced a £148m funding package for reducing crime. This also included the announcement of £28m for Project ADDER (Addiction, Diversion, Disruption, Enforcement and Recovery), a joint Home Office, Department for Health and Social Care and Public Health England programme, which is testing an intensive whole-system approach led by local police and drug treatment and recovery services to tackling drug misuse and drug-related crime.

The £148m drug crime funding package included a £20m uplift for tackling drug supply and an additional £80 million to fund drug treatment in 2021/22 – the biggest uplift in drug treatment funding for 15 years.

£15.1m of this additional funding has been allocated for the expansion of the Project ADDER model to eight additional sites in six areas across England for one year starting in April 2021. These additional sites, which are called Project ADDER Accelerators, build on the ADDER model by providing more investment to participating areas and more focused support from across Government for those leaving prison, people experiencing homelessness and recovery support around employment.