Category mental health

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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. 

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Somerset: get talking to beat the January blues

January can be a difficult month for many people, with cold weather and shorter days bringing feelings of anxiety, sadness and depression, especially after the festive period has come to an end. It is no wonder that the term ‘January blues’ exists.

At this time of year, it’s more important than ever to talk more with family and friends and share how you’re feeling.

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 […]

Somerset joins network to offer better support to county’s most vulnerable residents 

Somerset will be able to offer better support to its residents after joining forces with a national network that offers expertise in providing effective help to people to access our services.  Somerset is one of 10 new areas approved to join the Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) network, joining the existing 32 locations already taking […]

Support to mitigate impact of Cost of Living crisis this winter

Somerset County Council’s Executive today (Wednesday, 19 October) approved a wide-ranging package of support to help Somerset people deal with the impacts of the Cost of Living crisis this winter. Support includes financial assistance with food and energy bills through the Household Support Fund, a ‘Warm Welcome’ network of venues where people can find warmth […]

Somerset County Council launches Orange Button Scheme at Walk for a Life event

More than 50 people walked through the streets of Taunton on Saturday to raise awareness of suicide across Somerset. Many of those taking part in Somerset County Council’s inaugural ‘Walk for a Life’ event were walking in memory of loved ones or because of their own experiences. The groups paused for reflection at Vivary Park’s […]

Campaign launched to tackle under-reporting of Disability Hate Crimes in Somerset

Disability Hate Crime is under-reported in Somerset, so Somerset County Council has teamed up with Frome-based community arts learning disability charity OpenStoryTellers to raise awareness this National Hate Crime Awareness Week (10 – 15 October). Hate crime can take many forms – including verbal abuse and insults, bullying (both online and in person), anti-social behaviours, […]

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 […]

New Financial Wellbeing project launches

A new Somerset Financial Wellbeing project is being launched to support people concerned about money and help them to plan for a better financial future. The project is being delivered by the four Somerset-based credit unions: Westcountry Savings & Loans, Great Western Credit Union, Somerset Community Credit Union, and Mendip Community Credit Union. The exciting […]

Seven Top Tips for better wellbeing this Men’s Health Week

This Men’s Health Week (13 – 19 June) Somerset County Council is sharing seven top tips for better wellbeing after latest statistics show 10 per cent of all UK men suffer from at least one common mental health disorder. All Somerset residents are encouraged to make time to look after their health and wellbeing this […]