Today is World Mental Health Day. If you want to reach out and find some support, there is help out there.
If you haven't done so already, try to speak to your GP, as they may refer you to specialist support or therapies. If you feel in immediate danger, please ring 999
Emotional support 24/7, 365 days a year.
Call 116 123 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Infoline: 0300 123 3393
Mind Swansea | Mind - For better mental health (swanseamind.org.uk)
Community Advice and Listening Line (C.A.L.L)
Mental health helpline for Wales offering a confidential listening and support service.
Freephone: 0800 132 737 or text HELP and your question to 81066
Support for older people
Call 0800 470 8090
Call 0800 1111
Info & advice for children & young people. 8am - midnight
Call 0808 80 23456 or text 84001
Wales and Drug and Alcohol Helpline (24 hour)
Call 0808 808 2234 or text DAN to 81066
Veterans' NHS Wales
Call 01792 532967 or e-mail SBU.email@example.com.
The current energy price crisis is set to hit people hard. The latest price cap increase means that 15 million households are facing a 12% rise in energy bills. Whilst customers are usually encouraged to shop around for good deals, there simply aren't any deals to be had. On top of this, Ofgem have warned of a further increase to the price cap next April.
If you have concerns about paying your energy bills, there is support available:
This week, my thoughts have been with the family and friends of Sarah Everard, as they watched her murderer receive a whole life sentence. I think about how afraid Sarah must have been. She was walking home.
My thoughts have also been with the family and friends of Sabina Nessa, as a man appeared in court accused of her murder. I think about the school children Sabina could have inspired over her teaching career. She was meeting a friend.
Today, I think about the front cover of Friday 1st October's Northern Echo, and the lives behind the photos:
I think about the advice given to women this week, to challenge lone male officers who approach them. Another piece of behaviour-altering advice to women who have already been told, for example, not to walk alone but if they have to, to walk busy routes in well lit areas, like Sarah Everard did.
Then I think about the future. I think about the women and girls who will go out this weekend - to the pub, to a friend's house, to the park, to the shop - and how they will feel about their safety. I think about the steps that need to be taken to prevent more names like Sarah Everard and Sabina Nessa becoming part of our vernacular.
Back in July, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) published an interim report which stated that fundamental system-wide change is needed in the Police to tackle the 'epidemic' of offending against women and girls. It recommended that the Government introduce a full-time national police lead for violence against women and girls , and that it should be given the same priority as terrorism. In their final report published in September, HMICFRS make 5 overarching recommendations:
I believe the report from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary highlights the Government’s continued failure to protect women and girls adequately. I fully support all of the recommendations in this report. I also continue to support calls for a comprehensive Bill on violence against women and girls.
The safety of women and girls is essential to society. Thoughts, prayers and kind words are no longer enough. Advice on when not to go out, where not to go to or who not to talk to is no longer enough.
The UK Government need to prove that they are serious about this issue, and soon, by implementing the recommendations of the HMICFRS report in full. I don't want to write another tribute or light another candle.
“If the UK Government is serious about tackling climate change, it must oppose drilling in Cambo Oil Field” says Tonia Antoniazzi MP
Tonia Antoniazzi MP for Gower has criticised the Government for not opposing drilling in the Cambo Oil field saying sends the wrong message in fight against climate change.
The Cambo oil field is approximately 75 miles west of the Shetland Islands and contains over 800 million barrels of oil.
Currently new oil field developments will be required to pass a “climate compatibility checkpoint” to determine whether they are compatible with the UK’s climate objectives, however Cambo will not be required to do so as its original licensing approval dates back to 2001.
If approved by the Oil and Gas Authority, drilling at Cambo could start as early as 2022.
Tonia Antoniazzi MP said, “There is no response to the climate crisis that does not ultimately confront the problem of fossil fuel supply head on. As things stand, the UN has warned that countries are on course to produce more than double the amount of fossil fuels by 2030 than would be consistent with limiting average global temperature increases to 1.5°C.
"We must reach an international agreement on a managed and fair phase out of fossil fuels across the globe. To do this, we need the UK Government to show leadership as the COP26 climate conference approaches.
"Drilling for more oil and gas simply sends the message that the Government does not take the climate emergency seriously and has not accepted the urgent need to phase out fossil fuel production.
Today, Tonia Antoniazzi MP Gower is raising awareness for rare blood cancers as part of World Lymphoma Awareness Day (15th September), such as Cutaneous T-cell lymphomas also called skin lymphomas. These rare lymphomas are often overlooked, misunderstood or misdiagnosed as they only affect around seven people in every million in the UK.
It is crucial that on World Lymphoma Awareness Day we promote the better understanding of rare blood cancers because too often they can be misdiagnosed as milder, less life-threatening conditions. For instance, Cutaneous T-cell lymphomas are often misdiagnosed for skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Due to their likeness to more common skin disorders, these rare lymphomas can take, on average, between 2 and 7 years for individuals to receive a confirmed diagnosis. Only around half of CTCL patients (52%) with advanced disease survive beyond 5 years of diagnoses.
Tonia Antoniazzi MP said, “In my capacity as Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Cancer, I am proud to be an advocate for those people living with a blood cancer. We must continue to raise awareness for rare cancers like CTCL to improve the outcomes of people living with this condition in Gower and across the UK. I'm asking my constituents to learn about the signs and symptoms of Lymphomas and if you're worried about any potential symptoms, don't wait or take a risk. Get checked. ”
 Lymphoma Action: Lymphoma Awareness. Available from https://lymphoma-action.org.uk/campaigning. Last accessed: September 2021.
 CL Foundation: A Patient’s Guide. Available from: https://www.clfoundation.org/sites/default/files/2018-04/a_patients_guide.pdf. Last Accessed: September 2021
 Krejsgaard T, Lindahl LM, Mongan NP, et al. Malignant inflammation in cutaneous T-cell lymphoma—a hostile takeover. Semin Immunopathol. 2017;39(3):269–282.