Category Public Health

Publications across Britain step up to support the nation’s mental health

Over 350 national, regional, local, and multicultural news publications are taking part in a press partnership to promote the importance of looking after mental health.  The campaign encourages people to maintain their mental wellbeing with the help of a wide range of free, easy to access mental health resources and helpline services. Developed by policy, […]

National No Smoking Day: quitting smoking could delay or prevent 40% of dementia cases. Get support with new free app.

National No Smoking Day is taking place on Wednesday 8 March and Somerset County Council’s Smokefreelife Somerset team are encouraging smokers to give quitting a go with a new, free, interactive app for smartphones.  Smoking is linked to numerous health problems such as heart disease, cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), but its links […]

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Somerset marks one year since the Russian invasion of Ukraine

Ukrainian families and their hosts in Somerset will join people across the UK to observe the anniversary of the conflict in Ukraine at 11am on Friday, 24 February.

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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. 

Cllr Adam Dance stands outside County Hall in Taunton wearing a purple hoodie with 'I Test' in large, blue letters

Somerset Public Health encourages residents to get tested for #HIVTestWeek

Next week marks the start of National HIV testing week (6-12 February), and Somerset County Council are encouraging anyone who may have put themselves at risk of getting the virus to get tested.

Tower vaccination centre in Taunton. A red brick, flat roof building with a row of white wooden windows and a large, blue 'NHS Tower Vaccination Centre' sign.

Somerset residents encouraged to get Covid booster before programme ends

Tower vaccination centre in Taunton. A red brick, flat roof building with a row of white wooden windows and a large, blue ‘NHS Tower Vaccination Centre’ sign.

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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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.

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What is Dry January, and what are the benefits?

January is often a time when people are looking to introduce healthy habits and make positive lifestyle changes.

After the Christmas period of enjoying a drink or two, ‘Dry January’, now in its tenth year, sees thousands across the country give up alcohol for a month after the festive season.