Kickstart your Health

Healthy changes start with little changes. Whether you want to lose weight, get active or quit smoking, Better Health is here with lots of free tools and support. You can also find simple ways to lift your mood with Every Mind Matters. 

  • Lose weight: Losing weight is not about getting it right - it's about getting started. Making small, simple changes can really help you shed the pounds. Get started today with our tips, support and special offers - NHS Better Health Lose Weight.
  • Get Active: When it comes to exercise, the more active you are, the greater the health benefits. It's never too late to start - have a look at our tips on how to move more everyday - NHS Better Health Get Active.
  • Quit Smoking: Smoking weakens our lungs and makes it harder to breathe. Download our free app and join millions who have successfully quit smoking. Check out the free tools and tips available - NHS Better Health Quit Smoking.

There has never been a better way to kickstart your health. 

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Help Us Help You - Abdominal Symptoms of Cancer

If you've been suffering from tummy troubles such as diarrhoea, bloating or discomfort for three weeks or more, it could be a sign of cancer. It's probably nothing serious, but finding cancer early makes it more treatable and can save lives. You should speak to your GP if you are concerned about any symptoms you have - your NHS is here to see you safely. Please see the below posters for further information:

Help Us Help You - Accessing NHS Services - Mental Health

NHS mental health services, such as Talking Therapies, are accessible and here to help you. If you're struggling to cope with feelings of anxiety or depression, then Talking Therapies can help - they're effective and confidential. You can access Talking Therapies by referral from your GP, or online self-referral at NHS Talking Therapies Self-Referral. Please see the below posters for further information:

Free Youth Culture and Arts Sessions for Young People aged 11+

Taunton North Youth Club are offering free Youth Culture and Arts Session for young people aged 11 and over. They will be every Tuesday from 4th May until 6th July from 5:30pm-8:30pm and will include free food from Domino's Pizza. Please see here for further information, including what kind of sessions will take place: Youth Culture and Arts Sessions.

Over 50s Alcohol Helpline

If you're over 50 and have concerns about your drinking, or you're worried about someone else, then the WithYou Over 50s Alcohol Helpline can help. They have expert advisors who are all trained, experienced alcohol workers. The helpline is available Monday to Friday midday-8pm and Saturday and Sunday 10am-4pm. The number to call is 0808 801 0750. You can also chat to them online or book a phone call or video call appointment. Everything you tell them is confidential. For more information, or to book an appointment or chat online, please visit: We Are With You: Over 50s Alcohol Helpline

Sensory, Physical and Occupational Therapy (SPOT)

Somerset County Council's Sensory, Physical and Occupational Therapy (SPOT) services have created a suite of eight new leaflets in response to requests for information from parents, carers and special educational needs coordinators (SENCos). SPOT is made up of four specialist teams:

  • Hearing Support Team
  • Vision Support Team
  • Physical Impairment and Medical Support Team (PIMS)
  • Occupational Therapy

The SPOT service aims to support a child and young person's independence in their educational setting and at home. The leaflets can all be found on: Somerset's Local Offer website.

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