Category mental health

Suicide – a personal story

“I didn’t want anyone trying to pull me out of my darkness and grief at that time, I just needed someone to sit alongside me, just knowing that they understood.” Hayley talks about the loss of her ex-partner and close friend to suicide, the devastation, the support that she received and her determination to help […]

Inspiring hope on World Suicide Prevention Day

Friday, September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day, and Somerset County Council is encouraging everyone to be aware of the role they can play in preventing suicide. One in every 100 deaths worldwide is the result of suicide. It can affect every one of us. The Covid-19 pandemic has been particularly tough and for many […]

Pharmacies supporting people to change their alcohol habits

Community pharmacy staff across the county are ready to advise people on how they can change their drinking behaviour to help improve their health. Somerset County Council is linking with pharmacies across Somerset in a bid to help support people who may be drinking in excess of the Chief Medical Officers’ guidelines. The project will […]

Men’s Health Awareness week – Dave Partlow’s story

As part of Men’s Health Awareness Week (14 – 20 June), Dave Partlow, Somerset County Council Adult Social Care Strategic Manager, talks about the emotional rollercoaster of working in high stress, frontline jobs, how he dealt with that pressure and his introduction to the Five Ways of Wellbeing – principles of support he was already […]

Libraries launch audio explainer during Hi Vis fortnight

Somerset Library Service has developed an audio explainer which allows visually impaired people to hear about the inclusive services that are available to them. The audio is being launched on their website during Hi Vis fortnight (7-20 June), an awareness campaign that seeks to highlight the wonderful world of accessible reading – this year’s theme […]

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“We need to talk” – Council staff open up during Mental Health Awareness Week

Staff and leaders at Somerset County Council have spoken out about their own wide-ranging experiences during the pandemic this week in order to challenge the stigma surrounding mental health…

Mental Health Awareness Week – Dave Partlow’s story

Dave Partlow, Somerset County Council Adult Social Care Strategic Manager, talks about the emotional rollercoaster of working in high stress frontline jobs, how he dealt with that pressure and his introduction to the Five Ways of Wellbeing – principles of support he was already unconsciously using in his life. Throughout the pandemic, Dave has supported […]

Mental Health Awareness Week – Niki’s story

Niki Shaw, Adult Social Care Strategic Manager at Somerset County Council, shares her story about harrowing events that shaped her lockdown, the anxiety that came with it and the methods she used to cope with it: Let’s be honest – 2020 wasn’t great, was it? For any of us. I remember standing around a glowing, […]

One year on – a day to reflect and remember

A minute’s silence will be held by Somerset County Council to mark a National Day of Reflection, remembering those who sadly lost their lives during the pandemic and to show support for everyone who has been bereaved. Initiated by end of life charity Marie Curie, the National Day of Reflection is due to take place […]

Somerset Coronavirus reflection page

This page is a permanent memorial and place of reflection dedicated to everyone we have lost to Coronavirus. We honour their memory – they will forever be with us in the hearts of those they left behind. Feel free to share your photos, stories, names or to reflect on your experiences through the Coronavirus pandemic. […]