Category Public Health

Quitting smoking helps to create a low-risk pregnancy

Helping to support others to create a low-risk pregnancy so that they do not have to experience the challenges of a Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) is what brings my passion to my job role. Steph Dummackin works for Smokefreelife Somerset in the Mums2Be Team, covering Yeovil and South Somerset areas. This specialised team supports […]

Get the right tools to quit this No Smoking Day

…being given the tools (to help quit smoking) by the team, I have found it easier than I thought. Tabetha is thirty-one years old and having her first child. She was referred to the Mums2be Smokefree service by her midwife when she was twelve-weeks pregnant. Mums2Be Smokefree is a local service in Somerset who offer […]

No Smoking Day – support makes all the difference

With my 2 previous pregnancies I hadn’t really received the support in quitting smoking… Lauren was referred to Mums2Be Smokefree, for quit smoking support, by her midwife at her “ten-week” booking appointment – when she was around eight weeks pregnant. Mums2Be Smokefree is a local service in Somerset who offer support, advice and free NRT […]

Act now to prepare for No Smoking Day

National No Smoking Day is Wednesday 9 March and Somerset County Council is encouraging smokers to act now to prepare for giving up on the day. To support people in Somerset to quit, the Council’s Stop Smoking Service, Smokefreelife Somerset is available to provide free, expert support and guidance. The service is urging anyone who […]

10 tips to help you give up smoking

No Smoking Day, 9 March, is fast approaching which encourages and supports smokers to quit the habit for good. Somerset County Council is encouraging all smokers to quit and have produced a handy tip list to help people prepare for and get through those early stages of giving up smoking. They also operate a Stop […]

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 […]

New Covid testing site in Bridgwater for those with symptoms

Omicron case numbers in the South-West are still very high, so people with symptoms in the Bridgwater area are being urged to use a newly opened PCR testing site in the town. The new walk-through coronavirus testing facility at the Old Hospital site, in the Salmon Parade car park, Bridgwater, TA6 5AH has opened for people to […]

8 Health benefits of doing Dry January 

One in six people are taking part in Dry January this month and will already be feeling the benefit of living alcohol free.  To keep everyone’s motivation up, Somerset County Council is sharing the top health benefits of giving booze the elbow for a month.  It’s not too late to start – just pick a day in January and then stop […]

Let fresh air in, to keep Covid out!

One of the key ways of helping to reduce Covid-19, including the Omicron variant, spreading in our communities, schools and workplaces is to make sure they are well ventilated. Covid-19 is an airborne disease, which means it is spread through the air, especially in indoor spaces. When infected people breathe out, tiny Covid-19 particles remain […]

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 […]