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Publication date:- 2017-21-04

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General Election or BREXIT Election

ON 18 April 2017 Theresa May made the shock announcement that we will be having a 'snap General Election.' This has since opened up debate as to what the true motives are behind the decision. For many the divides between the in and out campaigners have only got wider as a result. The next General Election was due to take place in May 2020, but now it will take place on Thursday, 8 June 2017, but will this just make things worse? We would like to now what your views are on this?

Sadly you are now to late to register to vote in the Local Council and Mayoral Elections, to be held on Thursday, 4 May 2017.

But you still have time to register to vote in the National Elections.

To register, update your name, address or how you wish to vote (either in person or online) simply visit:- Gov.UK/Register-To-Vote and follow the simple steps to fill out the fields.

To do this you will require your National Insurance Number and your passport if you're a British citizen living abroad. Other option to register, should this be a problem can be found online as well.

At Southport and Mersey Reporter, we would like to know what your views are about giving 16 and 17 year olds the right to vote in upcoming General Election. should we encourage young people to engage with the political

In Scotland, 16 and 17 year olds can now vote in Holyrood and local elections and have shown that they are more than capable of taking important political decisions. So why not give them the vote? Also it is worth pointing out that 16 the can sign up to the armed forces to fight for us! They can also learn how to drive from 16th Birthday, if in receipt of the higher rate of disability, or 17 is not. Please let us know your thoughts on this via our Twitter Pole and also via emailing us to:- News24@southportReporter.com. Plus, if you do you think it is important to include their voices, you can sign the petition on:-
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CALM and Heads Together runners train for the London Marathon

ON Sunday, 23 April 2017, 42 runners will take part in the Virgin Money London Marathon in support of the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), the UK's leading charity dedicated to preventing male suicide.

CALM is a partner of Heads Together, the official charity of this year's London Marathon and spearheaded by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. CALM has been working with Heads Together for twelve months in the run up to what's being dubbed the:- 'mental health marathon', raising awareness that suicide is the single biggest killer of British men under the age of 45.

In an exclusive interview with CALM's quarterly magazine CALMzine, The Duke of Cambridge described this statistic as:- "absolutely appalling," adding that he believes:- "there may be a time and a place for the 'stiff upper lip', but not at the expense of your health."

In a new film released today by Heads Together, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry discuss their own experiences. Prince Harry says of losing his mother:- "I always thought to myself 'what's the point in bringing up the past? What's the point in bringing up something that's only going to make you sad? It isn't going to change it, it isn't going to bring her back.' And when you start thinking like that it can be really damaging."

CALM's research shows men are less likely than women to talk about experiencing depression, with a common reason being embarrassment [2]. In the CALMzine interview, Prince Harry said:- "We will all go through tough times in our lives, but men especially feel the need to pretend that everything is OK, and that admitting this to their friends will make them appear weak. I can assure you this is actually a sign of strength."

This is something that resonates with one of CALM's runners, Jonathan Stanger. A successful businessman, Jonathan, aged 44, was diagnosed with depression and turned to CALM's services at his lowest point. He said:- "CALM helped me regain perspective and seek out the right advice. This really helped me, I want to do all I can to support this wonderful charity."

Another CALM runner, Alex Stanley, 31, lost his brother to suicide. Alex said:- "He didn't feel he could talk about how he was feeling. I'm running to let everyone know it's okay to speak up and tell someone you are feeling down. Talking about your feelings is not a sign of weakness but one of incredible strength."

When Terry Creasy took his own life in 2012, his whole family were deeply affected. His wife, Philippa; son, Will; and daughter, Henrietta, are running the London Marathon for CALM and Heads Together. Philippa said:- "Suicide is not a word that I ever thought would be associated with our family. We feel very privileged to have the opportunity to raise money to help other men."

As well as raising funds and awareness, training for the marathon itself has been a form of therapy for those experiencing mental health problems. For Beverly based Paul Plowman, featured in the BBC One documentary:- 'Mind Over Marathon,' the process has been transformative.

Plowman explained to CALM how running has helped him manage depression:- "Even though doctors and friends had told me that regular exercise would improve my mental health I was stupidly quite skeptical. 6 months down the line I no longer take anti depressants and I have found that getting out at least two or three times a week running has kept me more balanced and more in control of my emotions."

Simon Gunning, CEO of CALM, said:- "CALM is enormously proud of every single runner taking on the marathon challenge this weekend. The outpouring of support for our runners and for the mental health marathon is unprecedented. We look forward to translating this support into tangible change that saves lives."

For more information visit:- TheCalmZone.Net.

CALM's helpline and webchat are open daily 5pm to midnight and are free, confidential and anonymous on the charities website.

Labour Party in Formby's:- 'Election Message'

"NOW is the time for every single member to get involved with campaigning. This is not the time for members to be bystanders, we need to take Labour's message to every household. Across the Liverpool City Region we have been leafleting and speaking to voters for months but we now need to do even more. Starting this weekend we will be phoning voters in a telephone marathon; asking them how they will be voting in the General Election and Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Election. With both elections fast approaching we need as many of you as possible to help reach all Labour voters this Saturday and Sunday. Please give 90 minutes of your time at your local phone bank to ensure our Labour vote turns out. Every inch of campaigning that can be done, must be done." Anna Hutchinson, on behalf of all Labour Canidates. For more information go to about the campaigning by the Labour Party go to:- SteveRotheram.Com.

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