Category Public Health

Look after your mental health – young people give their essential tips

Young people working with Somerset County Council have come up with essential advice on maintaining good mental health. Mental Health LifeHacks is an online resource for young people to support their mental health and wellbeing.  The project was supported by the Council’s Public Health team to ensure the resource was created by young people for […]

More Somerset Mums-To-Be Kick The Habit

The number of women who smoke in pregnancy in Somerset continues to fall in contrast to the national picture where progress has stalled in recent years. Figures released today (Tuesday 3 July) show the national rate of 10.8% has not changed since last year, but in Somerset the rate fell from 13.1% to 11.6% last […]

Beat the heat and stay safe

With the hot weather set to continue over the next few days Somerset County Council is urging everyone to take care in the sun and keep an eye out for vulnerable loved ones and neighbours. The Met Office has forecast continued dry, sunny and hot weather for the South West over the weekend and into […]

Glastonbury Abbey receives ‘Positive About Breastfeeding’ award

Glastonbury Abbey has become the first local landmark to receive a ‘Positive About Breastfeeding’ award to mark the recent National Breastfeeding Awareness Week (20-26th June 2018). Somerset County Council presented the certificate as part of their ‘Positive about Breastfeeding’ scheme to Glastonbury Abbey for recognition of their support of mothers’ rights to breastfeed in public. […]

Safer homes for Somerset children: together we’ve got this!

Somerset County and partners are supporting National Child Safety Week 2018 (4-10th June 2018) to help keep children safe at home. The Council is working with Somerset and Devon Fire and Rescue Service to continue to make homes in Somerset safer.   Families may be eligible for free home safety and fire safety equipment. The team […]

New ‘Positive About Breastfeeding’ Digital Support now available

Somerset families are encouraged to use, share, follow, like or love the latest digital technology helping support mums to breastfeed! A new Somerset ‘Positive about Breastfeeding’ website and Facebook page provides information and advice to enable families to make natural and informed choices about breastfeeding and healthy infant feeding. Available at Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Somersetbreastfeeding/ and https://www.healthysomerset.co.uk/breastfeeding/ […]

Over 1,000 babies born smokefree in Somerset

Smokefree Somerset Alliance recently celebrated the news that over 1,000 babies have now been born smokefree as a result of the Mums2Be Smokefree service since its start. Smoking is the number one cause of preventable serious harm in pregnancy, and the Mums2Be service, working with maternity services, has been highly successful in engaging women and […]

Let’s take action against dementia

Somerset County Council is asking everyone to help make a difference to the lives of people living with dementia. In the UK, one person develops dementia every three minutes, yet too many people living with dementia face the condition alone and feel excluded from their local communities and wider society. Dementia Action Week, led by […]

Help protect a child’s smile

Somerset County Council is encouraging anyone who supports children or young people in any way to complete a free, e-learning module to learn how to protect children’s smiles. The module launches today in celebration of Smile Month (14th May to 14th June 2018).  It is quick and easy to do and there is a certificate […]

Dementia Day Service review underway

Views are being sought as Somerset County Council, whilst working with Compass Disability, start a review of the way that day services for people with dementia are delivered The current contract for this support expires at the end of January 2019 and the review is seeking opinions from providers, service users, carers, professionals and partners […]