Welcome to the January edition of Public Health eNews, I hope you all had a restful break.
January is traditionally a time when the media is jam-packed full of healthy living advice and fad diets, capitalising on the public momentum at this time of year to get healthy.
For our part in this onslaught, we’re promoting the One You campaign – a well-researched Public Health England led initiative that targets adults and encourages them to make small changes to their lifestyle to get a little bit healthier.
As part of this campaign we’re encouraging residents to take the ‘How Are You’ quiz which takes them through a series of lifestyle questions and then points them to useful, approved online tools and healthy eating advice. They can also sign up for local support to help them on their journey back to health. Please do help us promote this quiz by sharing it widely though your networks. More information is available in the campaigns section.
As we often find at this time of year, Hertfordshire’s A&E departments and ambulance service are experiencing real pressures right now. Agencies across the county are getting information out to the public via a range of channels making it clear that A&E is for the most serious conditions, and giving information on all the other services available to help people when they are unwell.
Please do help us spread this important message by retweeting messages and using any other methods you have to spread the word. All relevant links and information are available in the campaigns section under the ‘Stay Well This Winter’ article.
As always, mental health is prominently in the news, with Theresa May’s recent announcement that new measures will be introduced to help schools in England tackle mental illness. Here in Hertfordshire we are already ahead of the game, with a raft of new initiatives and funding to develop and improve our mental health services.
The latest of these developments is a new specialist team that is being set up in Hertfordshire to support new mothers and pregnant women with moderate to severe mental health difficulties. You can read more about this in the mental health section.
If you didn’t get a chance to read about other recent developments in mental health services in Hertfordshire in the December edition, I would strongly urge you to go back and have a quick look through as there really is a lot happening. You can follow the link at the bottom of the page to previous issues or simply click here.
Finally, you may already be aware of this news, but it is with great sadness that I have to inform you of the death of Councillor Sherma Batson MBE. Sherma was a County Councillor, Member of the Public Health, Localism and Libraries Cabinet Panel, Borough Councillor for Stevenage and former Mayor of Stevenage. She was a real public health champion and advocate and will be sorely missed. Our sincerest condolences go out to her family and friends.
This newsletter aims to bring you news and updates from the world of public health. We hope it is of use and interest to the hundreds of partners across the county that receive it, and welcome contributions from anyone who would like to share information about their specific public health initiatives with the wider workforce.
I look forward to working with you all again in 2017 and continuing to promote the public health agenda. Wishing you all a very healthy, happy and productive year.
Director of Public Health