There has been a lot of news about personal safety, especially for women, in recent weeks. If you feel you are in an unsafe situation, please call the police on 999 for emergency help. If you cannot make a call, try to access a safe space or use the Red Panic Button app to get help.
The following apps are extremely useful and should be on your phone now, just in case you need them at some point in the future.
Panic Button: Are you in distress? Do you feel threatened? Don’t panic! Just push The Red Panic Button! The app will immediately send an SMS and an E-MAIL containing your GPS coordinates in a Google Maps link to all your emergency contacts! Get out of trouble with only ONE button push on your phone screensaver! (Android and Apple)
Find My Device (Android) / Find My (Apple): These apps are not only useful for locating your phone or tablet when they are lost, but can also be used to locate you if you haven't arrived somewhere on time or haven't checked-in. These functions should already be on your device, but may need to be enabled. Simply set up to allow a trusted person to locate you.
what3words: This app provides your exact location, anywhere on the planet, in the form of three words. Open up the app to be able to give emergency services, family or friends your current location without needing to read map coordinates. Tell them the three words and they can find you with what3words. (Android, Apple and web)
Police stations, medical centres and hospitals are all deemed to be safe spaces. Enter and ask for help or voice a concern for your safety.
Marks & Spencers, ASDA and Tesco have reached out and declared all of their stores as safe spaces where you can take refuge if you are in need. Speak to any member of staff or the security team.
Banks and other major retailers will also keep you safe if you need to remove yourself from a situation where you do not feel safe. Speak to any member of staff and/or ask them to call the emergency services for you.
Universities, colleges, libraries and council offices can also provide you with a safe space, but be aware that some are closed spaces and you may need to approach security to access help.
We have compiled a list of useful links for you to find additional help with physical safety and mental health conditions.
Cumbria Police have created a brilliant page about all aspects of your Personal Safety; which includes top tips for most situations: https://www.cumbria.police.uk/Advice-Centre/Personal-Safety/Student-Safety.aspx
If you are in an abusive relationship, speak to the National Domestic Abuse hotline (0808 2000 247) or call 999 if it is an emergency situation.