‘Big Chat’ about health in south Sefton

Health commissioners are inviting south Sefton residents to come to their ‘Annual Review meets Big Chat’ event on Thursday 27 September 2018.

NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is combining its annual review meeting with a ‘Big Chat’ style event, and this year will also be celebrating 70 years of the NHS.

So, as well as finding out about the CCG’s performance and achievements over the past 12 months, the event is a chance for residents to give their views about the organisation’s latest work to shape services.SS Big chat sep 2018

This year the event will include a marketplace with a range of health and wellbeing-related stalls that people can browse ahead of the start of the main programme, which will combine a mix of presentations and interactive, table-based discussions.

Dr Craig Gillespie, acting chair for the CCG, said: “This will be our 10th ‘Big Chat’ event in south Sefton. We really value the feedback and suggestions we gather from all those who come along to the events, so we hope to welcome many local people to our annual review.”

He added: “We are also hosting a marketplace, where colleagues and partners from neighbouring health organisations will have information stalls promoting a range of local health services.”

Copies of the CCG’s annual report and accounts for 2017-2018 will also be available for people to take away.

The event begins at 1pm with a marketplace and refreshments, with the main agenda taking place from 2pm to 4.30pm at Bootle Cricket Club, Wadham Road, Bootle, L20 2DD. The marketplace and refreshments will be available from 1pm.

Anyone who would like to come along is asked to confirm their attendance, along with any special requirements they may have, by calling 0151 317 8456 or emailing: southsefton.ccg@nhs.net

Take a positive step towards feeling better – Access Sefton

Local NHS leaders are reminding Sefton residents there is a free, confidential service to support people with anxiety, depression and other common mental health conditions.

The recently-launched Sefton in Mind campaign covers the 30 days that fall between World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10) and World Mental Health Day (10 October). The campaign aims to promote positive mental health across the borough and signpost residents to the many services available to them.

Geraldine O’Carroll is the Senior Manager for Commissioning and Redesign at NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG. She said: “Everyone goes through difficult times, but sometimes our problems affect our day-to-day lives and we may feel that we can’t cope. If you are in this situation, you’re not alone.

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Access Sefton offers free support to improve positive mental health

“I recommend contacting Access Sefton for confidential advice and treatment. They can offer appointments at a variety of locations including GP surgeries across Sefton; and can also offer telephone-based or computer-based therapy where appropriate. They will work with you to find an option that’s best for you.”

Access Sefton is available to anyone aged over 16 and registered with a Sefton GP. You can self-refer via the website www.insighthealthcare.org/accesssefton, by phone 0300 303 2708 or email CWP.AdminAccessSefton@nhs.net You can also ask your GP to make a referral for you.

Ryan Forrest, Deputy Operations Manager at Access Sefton, added: “As well as anxiety, depression and stress, talking therapies are an effective treatment for other common mental health conditions, including phobia, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and panic.”

As part of the Sefton in Mind campaign, Sefton Council wants to know which parts of Sefton have a positive influence on your mental health. The aim is to create a positive mental health map of Sefton, showing the places where people go to feel better and in turn help reduce the social isolation that can often be a symptom of depression.

To get involved and help create the map, tell us about your favourite place and tweet it along with a photograph to @SeftonCouncil or alternatively email to communications@sefton.gov.uk

Public Health England and Drinkaware launch Drink Free Days

A YouGov poll has found that one in five of UK adults are drinking above the Chief Medical Officer’s low risk drinking guidelines and more than two thirds of these say they would find cutting down on their drinking harder to do than one or more other lifestyle changes – improving their diet, exercising more, or reducing their smoking, if they were smokers.

Working together for the first time, Public Health England and alcohol education charity Drinkaware are today (10 September 2018) jointly launching a new campaign ‘Drink Free Days’ to help people cut down on the amount of alcohol they are regularly drinking.

The campaign will be encouraging middle-aged drinkers to use the tactic of taking more days off from drinking as a way of reducing their health risks from alcohol.

The more alcohol people drink , the greater their risk of developing a number of serious potentially life limiting health conditions, such as high blood pressure and heart disease, as well as seven types of cancer.

Regular drinking also increases the amount of calories consumed and can contribute to weight gain and obesity. Evidence from behavioural science suggests that simple and easy ways of helping people to change their behaviour are the most effective, which is why Drinkaware and PHE have chosen to focus on Drink Free Days.

Pre-campaign research also found that the concept resonated strongly with people and was seen as clear to follow, positive and achievable.

Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive at Public Health England, said: “Many of us enjoy a drink – but whether it’s a few in the pub after work a couple of times a week, some beers on the sofa watching the football or regular wine with our dinner – it’s all too easy to let our drinking creep up on us.

“While the link with liver disease is well known, many people are not aware that alcohol can cause numerous other serious health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease as well as several cancers. It’s also an easy way to pile on the pounds.

“About 10 million people in England are drinking in ways that increases the risks and many are struggling to cut down. Setting yourself a target of having more drink free days every week is an easy way to drink less and reduce the risks to your health.”

Drinkaware Chief Executive, Elaine Hindal, said: “The more you drink, the greater the risk to your health. It’s really that simple.

“But an increasing number of people, particularly middle-aged drinkers, are drinking in ways that are putting them at risk of serious and potentially life-limiting conditions such as heart disease, liver disease and some types of cancer.

“That’s where this campaign comes in and we’re delighted to be joining forces with Public Health England for the first time to help give people that knowledge.

“Having a few drink free days each week will help reduce the risks to your health and improve your wellbeing.”

This new partnership between Public Health England and Drinkaware is a fresh  step to reduce alcohol harm. PHE’s One You digital platform has a strong track record on encouraging behaviour change; Drinkaware is an independent educational charity with an extensive reach to the key audiences. Working together to help communicate the message that having drink free days will reduce the risks to your health is the first move in what the two hope will be a long-term partnership.

Former England and Liverpool footballer John Barnes is supporting the campaign which will be providing people with a range of tools and resources to help them cut back and make better choices about their drinking.

John said: “This is an important campaign highlighting how many of us don’t realise we are drinking in ways that could be harming our health and how we are struggling to moderate.

“A beer here and a glass of wine there might not seem like much but the units can add up and so too can the health risks.

“Having a few more days a week that are drink free is a great way of taking control of our drinking and making healthier choices for the future which is why I am supporting this fantastic campaign.”

A dedicated website provides all the information, resources and apps to help support people, including the One You Drink Free Days app and Drinkaware’s Drink Compare Calculator.

*Living Well mentors can also support you in making healthy changes to your lifestyle, including looking at drinking habits. Call the team now for friendly and free help on 0300 323 0181.

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Help put good mental health on the map in Sefton

Sefton residents and groups are being invited to share their favourite places to promote positive mental wellbeing as part of the 30 Days of Sefton in Mind campaign.

The campaign aims to uncover the parts of Sefton that have a positive influence on people’s mental health. This could be activities at a specific centres, a favourite part of the coast or a special place that puts your mind at ease.

From what people share, the campaign will compile a positive mental health map of Sefton, showing the places where people go to feel better and, in turn, help reduce the social isolation that can often be a symptom of depression.

To get involved and help create the map, send details about your favourite place and tweet it along with a photograph to @SeftonCouncil using the hashtag #30DaysofSeftonInMind or alternatively email to communications@sefton.gov.uk

Whether it’s somewhere you go to exercise, your favourite place to spend time with your family or even a quiet place you like to go for some alone time, the campaign wants to know about the happiest places in Sefton as well as the local groups that help to promote positive mental wellbeing.

The 30 Days of Sefton in Mind campaign covers the 30 days that fall between World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10) and World Mental Health Day (October 10). The campaign aims to use this 30 period to promote positive mental health across the borough and signpost residents to the many services available to them.

The campaign is led by Sefton Council and supported by Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), NHS Southport and Formby CCG, Sefton Council for Voluntary Service and Living Well Sefton.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Last year the 30 Days of Sefton in Mind was hugely successful with more than 100, 000 people viewing the campaign on social media.

“Poor mental health can present itself in many different ways and for that reason the methods people use to deal with it can be very different. Unfortunately, social isolation and depression often come hand in hand. We hope that by creating a positive mental health map, we can signpost not only to services, but also to locations that can truly promote a positive state of mind.”

Karen Nolan, Co-ordinator of Living Well Sefton, added: “Our Living Well partners offer activities, groups and services throughout Sefton which help to bring people together and make them feel better.”

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Latest Flicks and Friends film

This month’s film from the Flicks and Friends group is King of Thieves which will be screened at the Plaza Community Cinema, Waterloo on 18 September. Doors open at 1pm with the film starting at 1.30pm.

The film tells the story of the epic multi-million-pound robbery initially believed to be undertaken by a gang of super-thieves. The actual perpetrators were a group of tough-guy retired criminals in their late 60s and 70s — with all kinds of physical maladies — who were mostly unoccupied and bored, until they consulted a bunch of how-to books and figured out a way to pull off one last hurrah over a long weekend in April 2015.

Entering the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Company property via a lift shaft, they drilled through the 50cm thick vault walls with heavy machinery and escaped with a haul estimated to be worth around £200 million.Poster SEPT Flicks and Friends

The screening is aimed at those aged over 60 years of age. Age Concern Crosby, which organises the Flicks and Friends group, says  that there is no need to book, just come along.

The £1 entry includes the film, tea/coffee, biscuits and an opportunity to meet new friends. Free refreshments for over 60s. All proceeds will go towards Age Concern Crosby.

Heart Age Test gives early warning of heart attack and stroke

Public Health England (PHE) is calling for adults across the country to take a free, online Heart Age Test, which will provide an immediate estimation of their ‘heart age’. If someone’s heart age is higher than their actual age, they are at an increased risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

Cardiovascular disease (CVD), with stroke and heart attack being the most common examples, is the leading cause of death for men and the second leading cause of death for women.

A quarter (24,000) of CVD deaths are in people under the age of 75, with 80% of these preventable if people made lifestyle and behaviour changes to improve their heart health (around 19,200 deaths per year – the equivalent to 50 deaths a day or one every 30 minutes). Knowing their heart age helps people to find out whether they are at risk and consider what they can do to reduce this risk.

High cholesterol and high blood pressure can both increase someone’s heart age, making them up to three times more likely to develop heart disease or have a stroke. In England, one in four adults have high blood pressure yet a further 5.6 million are living with the condition undiagnosed, placing millions of lives at risk of premature death and ill health.Heart Age

The Heart Age Test asks a number of simple physical and lifestyle questions and provides an immediate estimation of someone’s heart age, as well as a prediction of the risk of having a heart attack or stroke by a certain age. It also gives suggestions on lifestyle changes to help people reduce their heart age such as losing weight, quitting smoking, exercising regularly and cutting back on alcohol.

The Heart Age Test has been completed more than 1.9 million times and four out of five (78%) people have a heart age higher than their actual age. Worryingly, 34% have a heart age over 5 years and 14% at least 10 years over their actual age.

Professor Jamie Waterall, National Lead for cardiovascular disease at PHE said:

“Millions are at risk of cardiovascular disease but don’t know it, putting themselves at real risk of suffering ill-health or dying younger. Knowing your heart age is a simple way of finding out whether you’re at risk of a heart attack or stroke. By making important lifestyle changes you can reduce your risk before it’s too late.

“Taking a Heart Age Test is something you can easily do at home, but it could be one of the most important things you do to help you live a healthy longer life.”

Dr. Matt Kearney, national clinical director for cardiovascular disease prevention, at NHS England, said:

“The heart age test is a simple and effective online device with the potential to help millions of people.

“The long-term plan for the NHS will prioritise saving lives through improved protection against cardiovascular disease, and increased public understanding of the risks of stroke and heart disease will mean fewer people have to face these devastating conditions.”

PHE’s Heart Age campaign will run until 30 September. Adults are encouraged to search ‘heart age’ to take the free online test.

*Living Well Sefton mentors can help you to make healthy changes to your lifestyle. Call the team on 0300 323 0181 to find out how they can support you.

Intrepid volunteers conquer cathedral abseil for Sefton charity

Intrepid Sefton volunteers with a head for heights have been raising funds for a leading borough charity.

A team of 16 brave volunteers – including the Mayor of Sefton – abseiled down the outside of the main entrance of Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral in support of Sefton 4 Good.

As well as Cllr Dave Robinson and his son David, team members who took on the 150-foot free-fall drop over the main entrance to the iconic building included staff from Sefton Council, Sefton Council for Voluntary Service (CVS), Sefton Carers Centre and the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA).

Sefton 4 Good was established by Sefton CVS in 2013 and provides grants to local voluntary community and faith groups across the borough, especially small groups or collaborative projects that include small organisations.

This year Sefton 4 Good, in partnership with Living Well Sefton, has already awarded almost £15,000 in grants to 25 groups, with a particular focus on projects involving volunteers.

Sefton 4 Good staff say they are delighted at the response to this high-level fundraiser so far, but stress that people can still donate to the charity abseil by visiting their website – http://www.sefton4good.org.uk

Mike Howlett, Senior Citizenship and Volunteering Officer with Sefton CVS, commented: “This was a very exciting event and we’re delighted that so many people supported our team and their fundraising efforts.

“And of course we’re especially grateful to Cllr Robinson and his fellow intrepid volunteers who actually took on this daunting challenge and completed the abseil.

“This project was an excellent example of people coming together to support groups that make a real difference to life in their local community, and often support some of the most vulnerable residents in the borough,” added MikeDSC_2736.

Try a little yoga in your life

Yoga is a great way of helping to alleviate anxiety and depression. As NHS Live Well outlines, yoga is an ancient form of exercise which has become increasingly popular being practised in venues such as leisure centres, community groups, schools and hospitals.

NHS Live Well states that “there’s some evidence that regular yoga practice is beneficial for people with high blood pressure, heart disease, aches and pains – including lower back pain – depression and stress.”

According to Yoga Journal, there are 38 health benefits of yoga, which include:

Improves flexibility
builds muscle strength
increases blood flow
lowers blood sugar
helps you focus
improves balance
increases self-esteem

Living Well mentor Natasha Wilksberg, says: “These gentle practices are a great remedy to anyone feeling stressed, anxious or tense in the mind or body. Yoga classes help to decompress, prepare for a good night’s rest or simply to restore some balance in the body.”May Logan yoga

Natasha offers free yoga classes at the Human Library, 220 Stanley Road, Bootle, L20 3EN between 12noon and 1pm and at the May Logan Centre, Knowsley Road, Bootle on Thursdays from 4.30pm to 5.30pm.

“Put on something comfy and just come along. It’s free, all equipment is provided and classes are kept small,” explains Natasha.

If you have a query contact Natasha on 07860 845367 or book on through Living Well Sefton 0300 323 0181.

To read more about the benefits of yoga visit Yoga Journal (https://www.yogajournal.com/lifestyle/count-yoga-38-ways-yoga-keeps-fit) or NHS Live Well (https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/guide-to-yoga/)

Headway Sefton social group

Headway Sefton is encouraging people to drop in to its Keep In Touch (K.I.T.) social group.

Headway Sefton is an official branch of the national Headway group which aims to offer practical and emotional support to the victims of a head or brain injury and also their carers.

A spokesperson for the K.I.T. group says: “For our users, we aim to increase confidence, motivation, and improve communication skills. Where possible, we hope to increase users’ independence.

“The group is designed for brain injury survivors, and our volunteers are passionate about helping them to rebuild their lives. Volunteers, carers, support workers and therapists are encouraged to accompany the survivor. They are crucial for the survivors as part of their ongoing care and/or rehabilitation.

“We share an understanding of learning to accept and cope with the ‘new’ me. Users have felt the complete loss of confidence, the self-doubt and becoming withdrawn from their friends – and that’s just naming three things! We feel that the K.I.T Group can work together to get as much back in life as they possibly can. Even if they can’t, they are going to enjoy the ‘new’ me!”

The K.I.T. social group meets at The Queen’s Picture House, Wetherspoons, 47–49 South Road, Waterloo, L22 5PE from 10am-12noon on a Wednesday, with the next one on August 29.

The rest of 2018 dates are:
September 5, 19, 26
October 3, 17, 24, 31
November 7, 21, 28
December 5, 19

The main Headway Sefton group has a monthly meeting on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at Waterloo Rugby Club.

For more information on Headway Sefton click here.

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