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Make a pledge to take action on World Cancer Day

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World Cancer Day logoPeople in Birmingham and Solihull are being encouraged to make pledges to take action against cancer as part of a worldwide awareness event. 

NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are backing World Cancer Day on 4 February 2018.  The aim is to encourage everyone to take action to reduce the impact of cancer on individuals, families and communities. 

It’s ‘Time to Talk’ about mental health

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Time to talk press release imageA campaign to encourage people to speak openly about mental health issues is being supported by NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).

Did you know that one in four people nationally will suffer with a mental health issue at some point in their lives?  For people with mental health problems, not being able to talk about it can be one of the worst parts of the illness. 

Students invited to get on board with healthy thinking

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Stay Well Camper VanOur healthy campervan tour gets underway tomorrow (30/1), at Birmingham University, to help educate local students on how to  Stay Well This Winter and to choose the right services first time.

Students at Birmingham University are invited to hop on board the ‘Stay Well This Winter’ campervan to receive free advice on accessing the right health services for different needs.

It’s not too late for the flu jab

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AfluThe NHS in Birmingham and Solihull is calling for more patients who are entitled to the free flu jab to come forward; it’s not too late to get the flu jab.

As the number of people affected by flu continues to rise across England, thousands of vulnerable patients in Birmingham and Solihull are putting themselves at risk of flu this winter because they have not taken up the free flu vaccination. 

Extra week to enter Solihull Together awards

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Solihull Together 2018 Awards web banner homepage 486.5pxwby342pxhOrganisers of the Solihull Together 2018 Awards have extended the closing date and are encouraging people who live and work in Solihull to keep the nominations rolling in until Monday 5 February.

The Solihull Together 2018 Awards celebrate inspiring and innovative work going on across Solihull to support the borough’s vulnerable and frail adults. They are a chance to say thank you and recognise outstanding care and support from people working in a variety of health and care roles in Solihull. This includes local residents, voluntary and community organisations, Solihull Council, the NHS and private companies.

To find out more about the nine award categories listed below and to submit a nomination visit www.solihulltogether.co.uk/awards. You can also follow the Awards on Twitter @ST4BL

Solihull’s 11-25 Year Olds Set to Benefit from Kooth, a Free Anonymous Counselling Service

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kooth 11 - 25 year olds online counselling

Children and Young people in Solihull can now log on to Kooth for mental health support

Solihull Council has commissioned XenZone’s Kooth service, giving local 11-25 year olds access to online counselling and emotional well-being support. The service, commissioned with funds from Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Local Transformation Funding, will run for an initial 18-month pilot.

Kooth is an early intervention mental health service, with no waiting lists. Self-help materials, mood tracking and goal-setting tools are available on the site at any time via any connected device; counsellors are available from 12noon until 10pm on weekdays and from 6pm until 10pm on weekends.

Walking 10 minutes a day can improve your mood

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Turn 10 mins walk into 10 mins exerciseWalking for just 10 minutes a day could boost your mood and help banish those January blues.

Walking not only induces positive emotions, it can also help towards maintaining a healthy weight, strengthening bones and muscles, and also preventing and managing various health conditions, including type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.