Category Public Health

Share your experiences of health visiting services in Somerset

Parents of young children in Somerset are being asked to share their views and experiences about the health visiting services they have received in the County, to help shape the service going forward. The county’s independent health and social care champion Healthwatch Somerset wants to find out about parents of under 5s experience of the […]

Time to talk about mental health

Somerset County Council’s Public health team is using ‘Time to Talk’ day (7 February) to encourage everyone to have a conversation about mental health today, and every day. Mental health affects around 70,000 people at any one time in Somerset and it’s estimated that nearly one in four adults experience at least one mental health […]

Keep warm and well in the freeze

Somerset’s Public Health lead is urging people to keep warm and well and look out for their vulnerable friends, family and neighbours during the cold weather. The Met Office has issued an amber snow warning for South West England which could see some significant snowfalls in the Somerset across this afternoon (Thursday, 31 January), into […]

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 […]