Category Health Protection

Spreading hope on World Suicide Prevention Day

In preparation for this year’s World Suicide Prevention Day on 10th September, Somerset County Council’s Public Health team are asking members of the public to share quotes, lyrics or poems that have helped them to get through difficult times in their lives. Contributions will then be compiled in to a digital ‘Book of Hope’, together […]

Protecting yourself and others safe during a heatwave

With temperatures again set to exceed 30C this week, Somerset County Council is asking people to keep an eye out for themselves, vulnerable family, friends and neighbours. Whilst many of us look forward to enjoying the hot weather, it is worth remembering that sunny spells can pose health risks to some people and the UK […]

8 top tips for breastfeeding in public

As part of World Breastfeeding Awareness Week (1-7 August), Somerset County Council is sharing some top tips to support mums who breastfeed in public. World Breastfeeding Week seeks to inform, educate and empower workplaces and communities to strengthen their capacity to provide and sustain breast-feeding friendly environments for families. Breastmilk contains all the nutrients an […]

Nominate a positive, public place to breastfeed

Somerset County Council’s Public Health Team are encouraging people to nominate public places that are ‘positive about breastfeeding.’ As part of World Breastfeeding Awareness Week, 1 to 7 August, the Council is promoting its ‘Positive About Breastfeeding’ scheme. The scheme aims to strengthen the support for breastfeeding in commercial, health and community settings, creating more […]

Growing old with domestic abuse – it’s never too late to get help

Somerset County Council’s #NoClosedDoorsEver campaign is supporting #WorldElderAbuseDay with the message – it’s never too late to get help. The awareness day, which is held annually on 15 June, is an opportunity to recognise that more than 500,000 older people in the UK experience domestic abuse, and cases amongst those aged over 65 in Somerset […]

#SmokeFreeLife Somerset presents – ‘Your personal nicotine monster’

Somerset County Council’s stop smoking service, #SmokeFreeLife Somerset, has launched a new animation explainer which is proving popular on social media channels. The animation, which can be viewed at https://bit.ly/nmonster, has really resonated with smokers, non-smokers and ex-smokers alike, by giving a real insight into what it is like to crave a cigarette and fight […]

10 Top tips with child safety in mind

Somerset County Council is promoting the annual Child Safety Week next week (6 -12 June), a community education campaign from the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT). The council works with partner organisations all the time to protect children and families. However, they are using this week to give extra emphasis to the precautions parents can […]

‘Let’s Kick It Together’- family support to quit smoking in pregnancy

Mothers who smoke during pregnancy will be given incentives to “kick the habit” as part of a package of increased support being launched by Somerset County Council to mark World No Tobacco Day, May 31. Let’s Kick It Together, a campaign from the Mums2Be Smokefree Service and the NHS, aims to reduce smoking before, during […]

Over two hundred blood pressure monitors available in Somerset Libraries

More than two hundred blood pressure monitor kits are available for loan from libraries in the county to raise awareness of high blood pressure and to coincide with World Hypertension Day on 17 May. About 3 in 10 adults in Somerset have high blood pressure but 1 in 10 don’t know it. It is a […]

10 Top tips to fight loneliness

In support of Mental Health Awareness Week, 9 – 15 May, Somerset County Council has put together ten top tips to fight loneliness. Mental Health Awareness Week, run by the Mental Health Foundation, focuses on improving good mental health throughout the country. This year’s theme is exploring the impact of loneliness and how we can […]