Keeping Somerset healthy
We want to support the health and wellbeing of the people of Somerset, helping people live longer and in better health – we can do this by all working together to consider how we deliver health and care for the benefit of all.
Our vision for Somerset clearly sets out our shared ambition to create a thriving and productive county, focused on improving people’s lives.
It is important that we work together to create an approach where all partners, private and voluntary sectors focus on the health and wellbeing of our people and communities, so it is at the heart of everything we do.
To meet these challenges, we need to think creatively; working together to find solutions which allow us to improve the quality-of-care people receive while maximising the finances, workforce and other resources we have at our disposal. It is important we consider how best to support people to live healthier lives, prevent avoidable illnesses and ill health where possible, and when people do get ill, we need to make sure that they are able to get access to the right care and support at the right time.
Our focus now will be to consider collectively how we can best make use of what we have to improve lives and prevent ill health. Below we have outlined some helpful links for people interested in understanding how they improve their health and stay well.
With plenty of information on how to stay well and support your health the council’s health and wellbeing pages are packed full of supportive advice and guidance
For information and support on how to stay well, you can find plenty of advice on NHS Somerset’s website
Supporting your mental health is just as important as looking after your physical health. There is a lot of support out there for people, whether its advice on looking after your well-being or you or someone you love needs to speak to someone about how they are feeling – find some relevant links below:
- NHS Somerset has some great information and signposting here: Stay Mentally Well - NHS Somerset
- The council also have plenty of information and guidance on their pages here: Mental health and wellbeing (somerset.gov.uk)
- Adults living in Somerset who are experiencing difficulties with their mental health can get support through the open mental health alliance. Open Mental Health offers support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to ensure that anyone struggling with poor mental health can access the right support at the right time. Find out how you can access support here: Somerset's Mental Health Alliance - Open Mental Health