January newsletter

January 2022 Newsletter              



New year new you If you have started a New Year’s Resolution only to have broken it shortly after, you’re not alone. With many people deciding the new year is a good time to try to change their habits, one of the big reasons for not continuing is that the change is too great. On average, a change becomes a habit after 66 days, so try to make your changes achievable over the long term. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/realistic-new-years-resolutions

Thyroid awareness If you have an under-active thyroid, you may experience tiredness, weight gain or depression. This condition is more common in women, but can occur in both men and women at any age. An over-active thyroid can cause symptoms such as mood swings, tiredness and weight loss. If you are experiencing these, or other symptoms of over-active thyroid, you should seek an appointment with your GP. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/underactive-thyroid-hypothyroidism/ https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/overactive-thyroid-hyperthyroidism/

Blood donation Blood donors are urgently needed. If you haven’t donated before, or not for a while, please consider doing so if you can. Blood donation saves lives. You could make a real difference. NHS Blood Donation needs almost 400 new donors every day to meet demand. If you haven’t given blood before, could you? https://www.blood.co.uk https://www.blood.co.uk/who-can-give-blood/

Men’s wellbeing January can be a difficult month for many. Men in particular may find it difficult to talk about their problems. In 2019 Time to Change found that only a quarter of men would openly tell their male friends if they were struggling with their mental health. It’s time to change that narrative. If you’re worried about someone, let them know they can talk and you will listen without judgement. https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/a-to-z/m/men-and-mental-health https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/mental-health-stigma/ask-twice/supporting-men

Young carers If you’re a young carer, you should not be carrying out the same level of caring responsibilities as an adult carer does. You can request an assessment to ensure you get the right support to continue with your education. If you’re a young carer, some of the challenges in your life will be things your friends don’t understand. If you need support, Young Minds have some suggestions that could help you. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/socia…s-for-carers/being-a-young-carer-your-rights/ https://www.youngminds.org.uk/young-person/coping-with-life/young-carers/

Drug abuse If you’ve been abusing drugs, it can have a significant effect on your life. The NHS can help you to recover from drug addiction. Narcotics Anonymous meetings are facilitated by recovering addicts who really understand the challenges you face. https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/drug-addiction-getting-help/ https://ukna.org

Covid vaccination England With the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, it’s more important than ever to book your booster or vaccination if you haven’t yet had one. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/ Wales With the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, it’s more important than ever to book your booster or vaccination if you haven’t yet had one.https://gov.wales/covid-19-vaccines Scotland With the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, it’s more important than ever to book your booster or vaccination if you haven’t yet had one. https://www.nhsinform.scot/covid-19-vaccine Northern Ireland With the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, it’s more important than ever to book your booster or vaccination if you haven’t yet had one. https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/get-covid-19-vaccination-and-booster-northern-ireland

Winter fuel and staying warm If you were born on or before 26 September 1955, you may be eligible for a winter fuel payment. If you are eligible you should receive your payment automatically, but in some circumstances, you may need to claim. If you receive the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit, or you’re on a low income, you could get a discount to apply to your energy bills. In a year where fuel prices are rising, even if you haven’t received this before, it’s worth checking if you are eligible. This won’t affect other payments such as Cold Weather Payment or Winter Fuel Payment. Warming soups and dressing in layers are easy ways to keep warm without breaking the bank. Excess winter deaths were almost three times as high in the coldest 25% of housing than in the warmest 25% of housing. https://www.gov.uk/winter-fuel-payment https://www.gov.uk/the-warm-home-discount-scheme https://www.thespruce.com/ways-to-keep-warm-without-turning-up-the-heat-1388206

Samaritans Brew Monday (17 January) As humans, it seems like listening should be easy. Being a good listener isn’t always as easy as it first appears. If someone you know needs to talk, being able to listen well might make the difference to what they say. Mental health issues can occur year-round, and the last two years have been more challenging than most for many people. Make this year the year you focus on your mental wellbeing. https://www.samaritans.org/support-us/campaign/brew-monday/ https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/blog/what-does-blue-monday-mean-our-mental-health

Cervical Cancer Prevention Week (17-23 January 2021) One in four people who are eligible for cervical screening don’t attend. Cervical screening is vital in the fight against cervical cancer. Cervical smears are now checked for the HPV virus first. Almost all cervical cancers are caused by persistent HPV infection, so checking for HPV first makes sense and allows patients to be monitored more closely. If you have been invited to have a cervical screening, but haven’t yet booked, please make an appointment as soon as possible. Cervical screening can help to identify changes that can lead to cervical cancer. https://www.jostrust.org.uk/get-involved/campaign/cervical-cancer-prevention-week https://www.gov.uk/government/news/changes-to-cervical-cancer-screening https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/cervical-screening/