Monthly Healthy Hub Bulletin Issue N021 May 2021
Your one stop shop supporting you and signposting you to your amazing local and national health and wellbeing services. We are currently sharing health and wellbeing information to support you through the COVID-19 pandemic and featuring Mental Health Awareness Week 10th-16th May and Sun Awareness Week 3rd-9th May .
Why Nature is the theme for Mental Health Awareness Week 2021
During long months of the pandemic, millions of us turned to nature. The Mental Health Foundations research on the mental health impacts of the pandemic showed going for walks outside was one of our top coping strategies and 45% of us reported being in green spaces had been vital for our mental health.There are two clear aims for Mental Health Awareness Week this year;
- Firstly, to inspire more people to connect with nature in new ways, noticing the impact that this connection can have for their mental health.
- Secondly, to convince decision makers at all levels that access to and quality of nature is a mental health and social justice issue as well as an environmental one.
Stories are the best tools we have to influence change. Share your stories of how nature has supported your mental health. This might be as a simple as tending to a house plant, listening to the birds, touching the bark of trees, smelling flowers or writing a poem about our favourite nature spot. #ConnectWithNature
Sun Awareness Week 3rd - 9th May focusing on early detection
Sun Awareness campaign is encouraging everyone to raise awareness around sun protection and skin cancer.Sun Awareness week is a vital campaign, as skin cancer is the most common cancer in the UK, and rates continue to rise.
With most of the population having spent much of the past year inside their homes due to multiple lockdowns, less people will have been checking their moles or skin for changes, or would have hesitated when they should have booked an appointment with their GP.
We want to highlight the importance of early detection; getting to know your skin and checking moles regularly can greatly improve prognosis.
Stories can be a powerful source of comfort, solace and escapism - as can nature, which is the theme for this year's Mental Health Awareness Week.
Our Hertfordshire libraries have a wealth of books and information to help all ages connect with nature and the environment.
The Reading Agency's 'Read, Talk, Share' initiative aims to demonstrate both the power of reading to support and connect isolated individuals, and the benefits of reading for mental health. As part of this initiative Hertfordshire Libraries are pleased to announce that, in addition to being available to loan from local libraries, a selection of titles from their popular Reading Well for mental health collections (for adults, young people and children) are now available as e-books too.
Click below to find out more and to access the e-books.
CONNECT...... with the beauty of nature for your mental health
Whenever I start to feel stressed about school, I now decide to go on a walk to reconnect with myself... It has made me appreciate the simpler things such as the flowers and the noise of birds singing, and their power to make me feel calmer.
Peer Educator, Peer Education Project
The Mental Health Foundation's Peer Education Project is a Secondary School-based project that gives older pupils the tools to deliver mental health lessons to younger pupils.
The project has worked with pupils and staff from participating Secondary Schools including a Watford Secondary School to create the Connect with Nature School Pack, which provides materials and resources to support pupils to connect with nature in a meaningful way.
Healthy Young Minds in Herts have some great tips to help you share your feelings to feel better
Our thoughts and feelings can feel huge and sometimes no matter how hard we try we need a bit of help to make sense of things.
Get some peace of mind with Age UK Hertfordshire new service to support the older generation with their Lasting Power of Arttorny
Age UK Herts experienced and Quality Assured Information & Advice (I&A) team will provide free and impartial information and advice to help you make an informed decision on LPA's and the different options available. They will also provide a paid for service to help with the preparation of the documents.
Mark Hanna, Interim Chief Executive, said: "We are excited to have opened our new Lasting Power of Attorney service. Our Information & Advice team have been working hard training on this new subject and liaising with local solicitors.""Without an LPA in place, your loved ones may find it difficult to support you." Says Information & Advice Manager Jana Kycinova.
Mrs. G, an LPA client, has been overwhelmed with the amount of support she has received from the team: "I feel happier knowing that my LPA ensures my wishes are respected and financial interests are protected."
For more information about the service or to contact the team today, please call 0300 345 3446 or visit: contact Age UK Herts here
KEEP LEARNING....through stories
Hertfordshire Libraries have some great events for Dementia Action Week on the 20th May.
Explore the journey of dementia during Dementia Action Week with a special online showing of 'Grandma Remember Me?'In partnership with Az2B Theatre Company they will be showing Grandma Remember Me? followed by a Q&A session with actors.
Showing on Thursday 20th May - 2pm
MIND UK are asking you to 'Share Your Stories' for Mental Health Awareness week by providing free training resources to create your own blog or video story
Blogs and stories can show that people with mental health problems are cared about, understood and listened to. We can use it to challenge the status quo and change attitudes.
- How to write a blog for Mind
- How to make a video blog (vlog) for Mind
- Read the house rules and commenting policy
Keep learning the 5 S's to help protect you and your loved ones from the sun
GIVE...by offering a friendly chat to those isolated
The Lets' Chat service by WHCVS are recruiting for volunteers
Let's Chat is a telephone service, which provides regular calls and a friendly chat to people who feel isolated. Their volunteers make regular telephone calls to clients who are experiencing loneliness and isolation, to offer a bridge into the outside world.
Conversations are not structured and offer support through shared conversations over the phone.
WHCVS are alway looking for volunteers and would love to here from you if you have some hours spare during the week, please fill in their registration form here and return to E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteer with Family Lives as a Family Support Worker Volunteer
Family Lives offer support for all aspects of family life that include all stages of a child's development, issues with schools and parenting/relationship support.
This role provides an empathic, caring and informed response to callers through the helpline. Their free confidential helpline provides confidential support, guidance and information about any family issue. This is a diverse and challenging role - no two calls are the same and you have to be ready to deal with whatever issues are happening at the other end of the line. However, you receive full support from a staff supervisor and all our volunteers find the work rewarding, inspiring and fulfilling.
For more information get in touch with Sue at SueBe@familylives.org.uk or call us on 01163 666087.
TAKE NOTICE....of the natural world to help you feel calmer
Relax and enjoy Stories of Spring
Green Connections a local Herts based Community Interest Company are launching the first in a series of online amazing storytelling session with Vanessa Woolf. These sessions are designed to help you slow down, relax and reconnect to the magic of the natural world. Register for the event here
Just Talk Herts are calling on Herts parents/carers to complete a survey to help ensure we are putting in place the most useful information, support & services for children, young people and their families . The survey takes just 10 minutes.
The closing date 17 May for completing the services
Get to know your skin and check for moles regularly
BE ACTIVE.... and get back into shape mentally and physically!
Sign up now for Shape Up's free 12 week weight loss course in Hatfield there are only 12 places left...Starts 17th May 2021
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The evidence is clear !
Looking for ways to get outdoors, get active and enjoy our beautiful spring countryside and its wildlife?
The team at Hertfordshire Health Walks is currently making plans to launch Covid-19 Safe Health Walks across the county. The free, guided walks are expected to restart in May. Keep an eye on the website to find out when you can register for your walk
Local clubs and organisation This Girl Can Campaign needs you
This Girl Can, the successful campaign to get women and girls active, returns to Welwyn Hatfield between the 14-20 June and the council is calling on local sports clubs and organisations to get involved by planning activity sessions - either in-person or virtually.
The Sport England campaign aims to inspire women and girls to get active while also celebrating those who are doing their thing no matter how they do it, how they look or even how sweaty they get.
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