Category Health Protection

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 […]

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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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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 […]

Know your Numbers – Heart Health Day

Following on from the successful ‘Know Your Numbers’ Week in September (5-11 September), Yeovil Library will be hosting encouraging residents to ‘know their numbers’ and will be running a Heart Health Day in their Wellbeing Zone. The event, which will be held on Tuesday December 13from 9.30am to 12.30pm, will encourage the public to check […]

Employers’ toolkit launched to help tackle domestic abuse

To coincide with the international campaign, ‘Sixteen Days of Action’ against domestic abuse, (25 November – 10 December), Somerset County Council has launched a new toolkit for employers. The campaign encourages employers to play their part in tackling domestic abuse and learn how to spot signs that an employee may be in an abusive relationship. […]

10 signs of an unhealthy relationship

Whilst all relationships have their ups and downs, an unhealthy relationship is one where a partner or close family member shows behaviour that is disrespectful, controlling or even violent. An unhealthy relationship may be, or may lead to, domestic abuse and it is important to recognise the signs of unhealthy behaviours. 10 Signs of unhealthy/abusive […]

Smokefreelife believe in every person they meet – Stoptober case study

For help quitting smoking, click the smokefreelife Somerset logo below. I can honestly say, going to smokefreelife Somerset gave me my health and life back and you too can have the same. Todd Johnson, a smoker from the age of twelve, talks about how the habit was affecting his health at just twenty-four years old. […]