Spot the Signs Newsletter May 2017

Welcome to the first Spot the Signs and Save a Life suicide prevention campaign newsletter.

There's information about the NEW Suicide Prevention Training dates for 2017 and about professional training for GPs and other organisations.

We have a new website and our Twitter account keeps growing with more than 100 new followers in April alone. Follow @SpotSignSuicide to join the conversation.

There's a summary of the fabulous work Spot the Signs did for Mental Health Awareness Week 2017 and finally, there is a Latest Headlines of the latest suicide prevention stories, programmes and campaigns.

We will continue to build a stronger campaign throughout 2017 with new resources, training GPs, public and private sector employees, raising awareness and removing the stigma of suicide. Thank you for your ongoing support. 

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Hertfordshire Health and Community Commissioning Bulletin

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Please click here to view the full bulletin or for further information on any of the topics below.

New Leaf Wellbeing College
The college offers a range of free educational courses to help you take better control of your wellbeing, learn some practical skills and provide an opportunity for reflection. It is recognised that people are expert in their own wellbeing and recovery. People who have overcome life challenges help to design and deliver our courses. The courses help to increase knowledge and skills and promote self-management.

Listening, Developing, Transforming: Communities Together
The Community Wellbeing Team has been facilitating meaningful conversations in local communities across Hertfordshire. The aim of community conversations is to bring together key influencers that contribute to the health and wellbeing of their local population.  Discussing the future of community services in the health and social care landscape, our events have explored potential solutions which include local communities taking ownership and making commitments to realistic action in order to bring about sustainable change.  
 
Events have already taken place at North Herts, St Albans, Broxbourne &  Dacorum. With future events to take place at Welwyn Hatfield (27/4/17), Stevenage (2/5/17), East Herts (11/5/17), Watford (25/5/17), Three Rivers (26/5/17) and Hertsmere (TBC). Should you require any more information about these future events please contact Michael.Longfellow@hertfordshire.gov.uk or Tracy.Webber@Hertfordshire.gov.uk

Mindful Living with Cancer
Living with cancer can be one of the most challenging life events. This programme is designed to help you navigate the physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual dimensions of the journey with greater ease, courage and acceptance. You will leave with practical tools and practises that empower you to live well in the midst of change and uncertainty

Rural Health Conference: 12th May 2017
Public Health England are holding a Rural Health Conference: Identifying the Problems and Finding the Solutions occurring on Friday the 12th of May. 
 
The event is a free full-day conference to explore rural health issues across the region and to identify actions and solutions to improve health outcomes for our rural communities.
 
The event is aimed at system leaders in the NHS, local authorities, health education, and the voluntary and community sector with an interest in understanding and meeting the needs of our rural communities.
 
If you are interested in attending, please register at the following link on the NHS England Events page: https://www.events.england.nhs.uk/events/1114/rural-health-conference

 
Please direct any questions or queries regarding the conference to Indu Rajasekar (indu.rajasekar@nhs.net).

Between the Ears Deaf Awareness Communication Tactics

What is Between the Ears Project?

Between the Ears Project aims to provide opportunities for people who are deaf, hard of hearing or experiencing hearing loss to meet and enjoy creative activities in a stress-free environment while also building confidence to pursue personal goals and be sign-posted for ongoing support for their condition. Come and meet new people in a friendly environment!

Upcoming groups:

-Deaf Awareness Communication Tactics (For the professionals) Dates: 6th or 23rd May 17 Time: 4pm - 6.30pm Venue: Ludwick Family Centre, Hall Grove, Welwyn Garden City, Herts, AL7 4PH Email: enquiries@talk-in-herts-counselling.co.uk

-Managing Your Hearing Loss Dates: Saturday, 6th May 2017 Time: 10.30am-1pm (including light lunch) Venue: Wellfield Road, Hatfield, Herts, AL10 0DA Email: Office@kaleidoscopeenterprise.org.uk or enquiry, Moreen@kaleidoscopeenterprise.org.uk

-Finale Dates: Wednesday, 24th May 17 Time: 6pm-8.30pm Venue: United Reform Church, Church Road, Welwyn Garden City, Herts, AL8 6PS Email: Office@kaleidoscopeenterprise.org.uk

All groups are free, however booking is essential

General enquiries about the project, please contact us on email: Office@kaleidoscopeenterprise.org.uk

Please click here to view the timetable for future (and past) events.

New Leaf 'Five Ways to Wellbeing' Course

Our ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ course runs in Stevenage in the evenings starting 26th April. Book your FREE space now before all the spaces are taken!

Five Ways to Wellbeing - The Healthy Hub, Lytton Way, Stevenage

Mental health should be everyone's business and this course gives practical ideas of how to connect with others; keep learning; take notice and give back. The course helps build on the things you already do and learn new skills. 

This course encourages you to plan ahead and take control of the ups and downs of daily living. 

The course runs in four parts:

26th April
3rd May
10th May
17th May

It will run from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.

To book on this course or any of the FREE courses call 01442 864966 or visit www.newleafcollege.co.uk

LGBTQ* Clinic

Watford Clinic, 1st Floor Annexe, Watford Town Hall, WD17 3EX
Alternate Thursdays 5.00pm – 7.00pm :: Next Clinic: 6th April 2017
Walk-In Slots and Appointments Available

Sexual Health Hertfordshire is pleased to introduce our new LGBTQ* clinic. The service will run from our Watford clinic and offers sexual health services to:

  • Women who have sex with Women
  • Men who have sex with Men
  • Gender Queer and Questioning
  • Bisexual
  • Transgender

The LGBTQ* Clinic offers non-judgemental holistic sexual health care across a full range ofsexual health services designed to meet the specific needs of the LGBTQ* community. Our clinic will provide:

  • STI Screening & Treatment
  • Rapid HIV Testing
  • Contraception
  • Party Drug/Chem Sex/Alcohol Advice
  • Referrals to Psychosexual Counselling
  • PEP/PrEP Advice and Monitoring
  • Hepatitis B Vaccinations
  • Hep C & Liver Function Tests
  • Free Condoms & Lube and Dental Dams

For appointments, call SPoA on:
0300 008 5522
9.00am – 8.00pm Monday to Friday | 9.00am – 1.00pm Saturday

Check Website for more information: www.sexualhealthhertfordshire.clch.nhs.uk
 

View the flyer here