Keep your family healthy this half term and winter

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Where does the time go?

The temperature is dipping, the nights are drawing in and the first half term of the school year is nearly here. Now is the ideal time to start planning for when winter really arrives by making sure you and your family have protected yourselves against cold and flu viruses.

Take good mental health as seriously as good physical health

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People in Wolverhampton are being encouraged to look after their mental health as much as they do their physical health.MM

Public Health England (PHE) is piloting its new Every Mind Matters campaign in the region - highlighting that while everyone can feel stressed, anxious, low or have trouble sleeping from time to time, there are simple actions we can take to manage them and prevent them from becoming more serious. It encourages people to visit the Every Mind Matters website at www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters which provides expert advice, practical tips and experiences from real people to help manage these issues.

Each year, around one in four people in Wolverhampton experience a mental health problem, while a new survey of adults across the West Midlands also shows that nearly three quarters of people in the region report experiencing low mood, anxiety, stress and trouble sleeping frequently or occasionally. Stress is the most common response, with over half 51% of people in the West Midlands experiencing this frequently or occasionally, compared to 49% for sleeplessness, 44% for low mood and 38% for anxiety. The survey also found that two thirds of adults in the West Midlands say they look after their physical health on a weekly basis, but less than half look after their mental health as regularly.

Health and Wellbeing comes Together as leaders join forces

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Wolverhampton launches Health and Wellbeing Together next week – bringing together key health and social care leaders to improve outcomes for local people. They will join forces in a bid reduce health inequalities in the city, improve the health and wellbeing of residents and support the development of better and more joined up health and social care services. The launch of the new board follows a review of the previous Wolverhampton Health and Wellbeing Board and is designed to strengthen partnership working.HW

It has been accompanied by the development of a new website to support its work – http://wellbeingwolves.co.uk. It includes information about the Board, links to additional resources and advice about how residents and communities can help improving their own health and wellbeing.

WCCG supported World Mental Health Day

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In support of World Mental Health Day, Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) organised an event with Health and Social Care and Third Sector partners to highlight the mental health services available to people in Wolverhampton.

The event took place on World Mental Health Day, Wednesday 10 October 2018, in the Mander Centre in Wolverhampton’s city centre.

Members of the public were able to speak to providers of mental health services and take information away with them. There were over ten mental health providers and Third Sector partners in attendance, sharing advice and signposting people to relevant services across the city.

The event was well attended with over 100 people visiting the stalls. 

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