Category Cllr Christine Lawrence

Breastfeeding: Going for gold

Somerset County Council is setting its sights on gold in recognition of the countywide achievements in promoting and supporting breastfeeding mums. Somerset’s Public Health Nursing Team have again been accredited with Unicef’s Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI) standard 3 – and the authority now wants to go one step further and achieve gold, the highest Unicef […]

‘Every Mind Matters’ – how’s yours?

Somerset residents experiencing anxiety, stress, low mood and trouble sleeping are encouraged to visit a new ‘Every Mind Matters’ website to empower them to take action to manage and improve their mental health. Somerset County Council and local NHS partners are delighted to support Public Health England’s launch of this innovative self-help website (www.healthysomerset.co.uk), which […]

Don’t Slip Up

To help prevent slips and falls in the home and outdoors, Somerset County Council has been promoting some top tips online on how to reduce the risk of a fall this ‘Slips and Falls’ Awareness Week (23-29 Sep). As people get older, there is an increased risk of falling. Simple measures however can reduce the […]

Extended Suicide Bereavement Support Service Launched Today

World Suicide Prevention Day (Tuesday 10 September) is being marked today by the launch of an improved and extended Somerset Suicide Bereavement Support Service funded by Somerset County Council. Somerset is one of just a handful of places in the country to have had a service since 2012, and it is now being expanded to […]

Celebrating a mental health milestone

More than 60 schools have signed up to a County Council initiative helping them promote and protect mental health and wellbeing. A special celebration has taken place to mark the milestone, looking back on the first year of Somerset Wellbeing Framework which helps schools develop an approach which goes beyond the classroom, touching on all […]

More Breastfeeding Support for Somerset families

More breastfeeding support is available for new mums and families across Somerset in a drive to help them build close and loving relationships with their baby through breastfeeding and other positive practices. It’s National Breastfeeding Week this week (Thursday 20 to Wednesday 26 June), and breastfeeding is scientifically proven to benefit both mum and baby. […]

Make today the day to quit smoking

Support is available across Somerset to give up smoking, and there’s no better time to make ‘today the day’ with national No Smoking Day this week. Taking place on Wednesday 13 March, the campaign’s focus is ‘today is the day’, highlighting the variety of reasons and benefits people give up smoking. These include improving lifestyle, […]

Celebrating Safer Sleep Week

Somerset parents, carers and families are urged to practice the A.B.C of Safer Sleep to keep babies safe from harm every time they go to sleep. The advice is offered as part of the annual ‘Safer Sleep Week’, organised by the Lullaby Trust which takes place from 11th-17th March 2019. The awareness week aims to […]

Share your experiences of health visiting services in Somerset

Parents of young children in Somerset are being asked to share their views and experiences about the health visiting services they have received in the County, to help shape the service going forward. The county’s independent health and social care champion Healthwatch Somerset wants to find out about parents of under 5s experience of the […]

Somerset schools supporting Mental Health

Over 60 Somerset schools have signed up to the County Council’s approach to supporting young people’s wellbeing and mental health. This week is Children’s Mental Health Awareness week (4 – 10 February) and with 10 per cent of pupils known to have a clinically diagnosed mental health issue (DfE 2015), the Council recognises the importance […]