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Bridgwater residents walk 27,000 miles to ‘Beat the Street’

More than four thousand parents, teachers and children have signed up to a new physical activity challenge, ‘Beat the Street’, walking more than twenty-seven thousand miles between them. The giant game sweeping the streets of Bridgwater is being run by Somerset County Council, Sedgemoor District Council, Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group and Somerset Activity and Sports […]

Somerset school children set to help fight flu

Somerset County Council is urging all parents and carers of school aged children to return their flu consent form and help children become ‘flu fighters’ this winter. All schools should have issued information about the flu vaccination to parents and carers of eligible children and young people asking them to fill in an online form […]

Stoptober –a time to quit and reduce your risk

It’s ‘Stoptober’ this month and Somerset County Council is encouraging smokers to quit to benefit their health – and help reduce the risk of catching serious respiratory infections this winter. Smokers have an increased risk of contracting respiratory infections and are more likely to have more severe symptoms once infected. Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms and flu […]

Lift your spirits with #HelloYellow

Somerset County Council is backing a campaign designed to boost spirits and support young people by asking residents to unite in wearing yellow on Friday (9 October) to mark World Mental Health Day. The #HelloYellow campaign is led by charity Young Minds to support young people’s mental health, not only on the action day but […]

No visible scars – not all domestic abuse is physical

Recognising the types and signs of domestic abuse Domestic abuse is often thought of as domestic violence, but abuse can take many forms and it can be hard to recognise even for those in abusive relationships. Somerset County Council’s #NoClosedDoors2020 campaign is encouraging us all to be vigilant and look out for the warning signs […]

Domestic abuse victims have an increased risk of suffering mental health issues

Following a recent study, Somerset County Council is urging people who are experiencing domestic abuse to seek their help to free themselves from abuse and so limit the long-term health effects that it may cause. The research, which was published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, was carried out by researchers from Birmingham University. It […]

If you are being abused – so are your children

Witnessing domestic abuse can have a devastating impact, both short and long-term, on your children. “If you are being abused – so are your children”, that is the message from Somerset County Council who are running a campaign, #NoClosedDoors2020, to spread awareness about the effects of domestic abuse. “If your children see or hear domestic […]

Help us save lives with 20-minute training on World Suicide Prevention Day

The NHS in Somerset, voluntary organisations, and Somerset County Council are urging people to complete free online training on how to talk about suicide for World Suicide Prevention Day on the 10th September 2020. They have joined together to raise awareness of how we can create a world where fewer people die by suicide and […]

National acclaim for Public Health Nursing’s virtual support during lockdown

Somerset’s Public Health Nursing service has been nationally acclaimed by the Institute for Health Visiting. A case study published nationally documents the innovative online support developed by the Somerset County Council service during lockdown – a time when face-to-face appointments were no longer possible. Health Visitors, who as part of their role visit new parents […]

Parent hacks – digital toolkit launched to help Somerset parents

A new online maternity toolkit designed to offer accessible information to families about pregnancy and parenthood has been launched in Somerset for World Breastfeeding Week, 1st – 7th August. The new Somerset Maternity Toolkit, from Somerset County Council and the wider Local Maternity System (LMS) offers trustworthy information and digital support from pre-conception information and […]