Tag Archives: mental health

Spreading hope on World Suicide Prevention Day

In preparation for this year’s World Suicide Prevention Day on 10th September, Somerset County Council’s Public Health team are asking members of the public to share quotes, lyrics or poems that have helped them to get through difficult times in their lives. Contributions will then be compiled in to a digital ‘Book of Hope’, together […]

10 Top tips to fight loneliness

In support of Mental Health Awareness Week, 9 – 15 May, Somerset County Council has put together ten top tips to fight loneliness. Mental Health Awareness Week, run by the Mental Health Foundation, focuses on improving good mental health throughout the country. This year’s theme is exploring the impact of loneliness and how we can […]

‘Lift someone out of loneliness’ this Mental Health Awareness Week

In support of Mental Health Awareness Week, 9 – 15 May, Somerset County Council is encouraging residents to ‘lift someone out of loneliness’. Mental Health Awareness Week, run by the Mental Health Foundation, focuses on improving good mental health throughout the country. This year’s theme is exploring the impact of loneliness and how we can […]

Employee wellbeing is centre stage of new initiative

Small businesses in Somerset are being encouraged to make a pledge to improve workplace wellbeing as part of a new initiative being launched by Somerset County Council. The innovative Somerset SME Wellbeing project, funded by Somerset County Council’s Public Health team, includes training opportunities and is being delivered by New Leaf Life Design to help […]

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 […]

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 […]

Suicide – a personal story

“I didn’t want anyone trying to pull me out of my darkness and grief at that time, I just needed someone to sit alongside me, just knowing that they understood.” Hayley talks about the loss of her ex-partner and close friend to suicide, the devastation, the support that she received and her determination to help […]

Men’s Health Awareness week – Dave Partlow’s story

As part of Men’s Health Awareness Week (14 – 20 June), Dave Partlow, Somerset County Council Adult Social Care Strategic Manager, talks about the emotional rollercoaster of working in high stress, frontline jobs, how he dealt with that pressure and his introduction to the Five Ways of Wellbeing – principles of support he was already […]

Mental Health Awareness Week – Dave Partlow’s story

Dave Partlow, Somerset County Council Adult Social Care Strategic Manager, talks about the emotional rollercoaster of working in high stress frontline jobs, how he dealt with that pressure and his introduction to the Five Ways of Wellbeing – principles of support he was already unconsciously using in his life. Throughout the pandemic, Dave has supported […]