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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 […]

Council welcomes funding boost to support victims of domestic abuse

Somerset County Council has welcomed the news their domestic abuse service is set to receive a share of a half million-pound fund to support local services. The Council’s service provider, The You Trust, is one of 17 local support services who help victims and survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence, which will benefit from […]

Remember to be #tickaware

Anyone planning a trip to the great outdoors is encouraged to be #tickaware as warmer weather heightens the risk of tick bites. More people are expected to be enjoying Somerset’s countryside, parks and gardens with the further easing of Coronavirus restrictions and the start of the summer holidays. Ticks like the warmer weather as much […]

Chat ‘health’ online with Public Health Nursing

Young people, parents and carers can now ‘chat health’ with school nurses or health visitors thanks to a simple new text messaging service. Somerset’s Public Health Nursing service has boosted its health and wellbeing advice with the launch of ‘ChatHealth’, an award-winning digital NHS approved platform. ChatHealth allows Public Health Nursing teams across the country […]

Graphic informing people to look out for others during hot weather

Keep Somerset safe during hot weather

With hot weather expected over the next few days, Somerset County Council is asking people to keep an eye out for vulnerable friends and neighbours…