Category mental health

Age 40-74? Get your free NHS Health Check

Somerset Public Health is urging everyone who is eligible to get a free NHS Health Check to lower their risk of developing serious health conditions. The NHS Health Check is available for anyone between the age of 40 and 74 years, every five years, who does not have a pre-existing long-term condition. The NHS Health […]

Tackling violence against women and girls together

North Somerset and Somerset County Councils have joined forces in a pledge to make public places and streets safer for women and girls. As part of the Safer Streets project the neighbouring councils launched a new campaign this week, ‘It can stop if we change together’ in a bid to raise awareness, tackle sexual harassment […]

Growing together to support children’s mental health

During this year’s Children’s Mental Health Week (7-13 February), Somerset County Council is working with ‘Young Somerset’ to encourage children to consider how they have grown, and how they can help others to grow as part of this year’s ‘Growing Together’ theme. Children and young people are coming through a period of unprecedented disruption which […]

Let’s make ‘Blue Monday’ Magnificent Monday

Somerset County Council is dispelling the myth that the third Monday in January is the most difficult day of the year and are encouraging everyone to make it magnificent. Post-Christmas bills, faltering New Year expectations, short days and bad weather have all contributed to the day being branded ‘Blue Monday’. The Samaritans have organised ‘Brew […]

Is 2022 your year to volunteer?

The New Year is a great time to reflect and set ourselves new goals for the year ahead. If you are looking for a way to help others for your New Years’ Resolution, why not try volunteering? All you need is a bit of spare time, lots of enthusiasm, and a will to help your […]

Neighbours, we wish you a merry Christmas

Somerset County Council is encouraging everyone to look out for their neighbours and help support them this Christmas.    The ongoing Coronavirus pandemic will mean that many elderly and those living alone could again feel isolated this year. So, it is more important than ever to embrace the Christmas spirit by checking in with your […]

10 top tips to beat the winter blues

Winter can be a challenging time for many people, Somerset County Council are sharing some top tips to help support people through these challenges. As the days get shorter and the weather wintery it is easy for people to become more isolated as they leave their homes less often. This can lead to loneliness, anxiety […]

Sober after a twenty-year addiction

“I would encourage others to reach out to Turning Point. It’s about being honest with yourself and recognising you have a problem…” Steve talks about the impact of twenty-years of drinking, being honest about his problem and the support that he had to finally quit.     Thirty-five-year-old Steve has drunk since he was fifteen years […]

10 top tips to help reduce your alcohol consumption

Living through a pandemic has been difficult for all of us, and in a time of extraordinary change and uncertainty many people drunk alcohol to help manage stress, anxiety and depression.  It has been said that drinking is the UK’s favourite coping mechanism. However, alcohol is an unhealthy coping strategy in a time when adopting […]

Volunteering team launches new Facebook page

A new Facebook page has been launched by Somerset County Council’s Central Volunteer Team to keep people informed about Somerset County Council’s volunteer opportunities, key updates and good news stories. Volunteering was significantly impacted by the pandemic, with many services unable to operate due to lockdown. As restrictions ease and more volunteering roles are returning […]