Category health and wellbeing

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Somerset: Let’s Connect for Children’s Mental Health Week 

During this year’s Children’s Mental Health Week (6-12 February), Somerset County Council is sharing some simple tips to encourage parents and carers to consider how they can help children to build meaningful connections as part of this year’s ‘Let’s Connect’ theme. 

Domestic abuse service supports record numbers of young people

Somerset County Council’s domestic abuse service has supported a record number of young people seeking support during 2022/23. Somerset Integrated Domestic Abuse Service (SIDAS) helpline took 301 calls from people between the age of 16 – 20-year-olds since April last year, compared to 128 in 2021/22 – a nearly three times increase. Proportionately young people […]

Smoking in pregnancy needs to be treated as an addiction and not a lifestyle choice, say Somerset midwives

Smoking in pregnancy is a sensitive issue which needs to be treated as an addiction and not a lifestyle choice, according to health care professionals in Somerset. Recent statistics suggest that 10% of babies delivered in the county are born to pregnant smokers – bringing a wide range of potential complications and health impacts and […]

Social care like you’ve never seen it before – bold new recruitment campaign launched in Somerset

The ‘My Time to Care’ campaign was shot entirely in Somerset and stars local carers in six new videos being launched today (Monday, January 16). Somerset County Council has joined forces with the NHS and Registered Care Providers Association for the new campaign, which aims to empower carers, and show how working in social care […]

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What is Dry January, and what are the benefits?

January is often a time when people are looking to introduce healthy habits and make positive lifestyle changes.

After the Christmas period of enjoying a drink or two, ‘Dry January’, now in its tenth year, sees thousands across the country give up alcohol for a month after the festive season.

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Stay well and protect your loved ones this Christmas 

Somerset County Council’s Director of Public Health is urging people to take action to prevent the spread of infections within our families and communities, especially as we meet up for Christmas.

Look out for the signs of domestic abuse this Christmas

Somerset County Council is urging the public and employers to look out for the signs of domestic abuse this Christmas. Whilst most people look forward to spending time with their loved ones at Christmas, for people experiencing domestic abuse the thought of being alone with their abuser can be a frightening time. Councillor Adam Dance, […]

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People in Somerset are challenged to ditch the booze and ‘Try Dry’ this January

Just thirty-one days without alcohol can positively impact on health, improving sleep, boosting energy, reducing anxiety, and saving money, to name just a few of the benefits.

That’s why this year, Somerset County Council is encouraging residents and employees to sign up to Dry January and discover the many benefits of going alcohol-free, including the financial, physical, and medical benefits this can bring.

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Domestic abuse expected to increase during the World Cup

Somerset County Council is urging people experiencing domestic abuse to seek help, at a time when incidents of domestic abuse are expected to rise. Data published by the National Centre for Domestic Violence highlights that incidents of Domestic Abuse increase by 26 percent if England play, 38 percent if England lose, and 11 percent the next […]

Council urges friends, family and employers to stand up to domestic abuse

As part of the ‘16 Days of Action on Domestic Abuse Campaign’, Somerset County Council is urging friends and family to be vigilant and stand up to domestic abuse. The international campaign, which runs from 25 November to 10 December, highlights the need for everyone to call out domestic abuse and act if they think […]