It’s World Mental Health Day this Sunday (10 October).
The coronavirus pandemic and lockdowns have had a significant impact on the mental health of children and young people across West Sussex.
Your Mind Matters supports young people, their families and professionals working with them at this critical time. We’re providing advice, resources and information about local services, events and training.
Please explore the Your Mind Matters webpages on the link below and share these resources with the families and young people you know and work with.
You can also help shape and improve access to mental health information by taking our 5 minute survey.
The government has launched a Better Health - Every Mind Matters campaign to support the nation’s mental wellbeing.
The website includes expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing.
Since last week, there has been an increase in coronavirus cases. Cases in Adur and Crawley are amongst those highest.
Please click here to find the local summary data. Please share the link across your communities, either by email, text or WhatsApp so other people can view the case data in their area too.
The autumn Covid-19 booster vaccine campaign is underway and those who are more vulnerable to the virus are being invited to top up their protection ahead of winter, six months or more after receiving their second jab.
The priority groups for the booster jab are:
- people aged over 50
- care home residents
- health and social care workers
- those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe Covid-19
- adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals.
Please remember, you must be at six months from the date of your second vaccination to book a booster and eligible people will be contacted about booking their booster vaccination.
All children aged 12-15 years old are to be offered a dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at their school and every parent, guardian or carer will receive a letter with the details about their school, the consent process, and next steps.
Why should my child have the vaccine?
It is important to remember that coronavirus can affect anyone and getting vaccinated is one of the best things to do to protect against the virus.
As winter approaches and we spend more time indoors the risk of infection increases, and it becomes more important than ever to test.
Testing regularly helps determine if you are infected with coronavirus, whether you have symptoms or not. When testing, please remember to also register your results and if you test positive, get a follow up PCR and self-isolate.
Regular testing for coronavirus helps stop the spread and protects those around us. Make testing part of your routine to give you peace of mind when you’re out and about.
There are lots of ways to have a test:
If you test positive or have any symptoms you must take a PCR test. Book online or call 119.
Please remember to do all you can to reduce the spread – wash your hands, cover your face, leave space and let fresh air in.
Many of us will see an increase in our energy bills this winter due to a rise in the wholesale cost of gas.
Advice and support is available from the following websites if you or someone you know is worried about their energy costs this winter or would like to know how to reduce your home energy consumption:
If you are on a low income and vulnerable to the cold then you could be eligible for support through the council-endorsed Local Energy Advice Partnership (LEAP) scheme.
By meeting the broad eligibility criteria you can qualify for a free home visit, energy saving advice and energy saving measures, such as LED light bulbs and draught proofing. LEAP advisors can also help you to access other support, such as grants for central heating, a replacement scheme for white goods and help to repair or replace a broken or condemned boiler.
Here’s your chance to win 1 x £500 voucher from South Downs Bikes to spend on a new bike or equipment to support a greener and healthier way to travel around our county.
The competition, being run on Facebook, is part of our #ThinkActiveTravel campaign, designed to help residents make positive choices around how they travel.
To enter, head over to our Facebook page and reply to the competition post with a comment on how you have started to make healthier and greener travel choices. The best comment we receive will win, as judged by our panel.
Competition entry closes at midnight on Sunday 17 October 2021 and you must be 18 or over and live in West Sussex to take part.
The voucher can be redeemed at South Downs Bikes stores in Storrington and Worthing. Good luck!
The theme of this year’s Black History Month is Proud to be, highlighting Black pride and invites Black people of all ages to share what they are proud to be.
Our Library Service has put together a selection of Black Stories Matter booklists for adults, children and teenagers and they've created a new collection on their Libby app too.
You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter where they’ll be sharing recommendations of books which give voice to Black stories and experience, and highlighting some national online events to mark the celebration.
Find out lots more about Black History Month in the link below, including a history blog from West Sussex Record Office called Stories from the Parish Registers: Black residents of West Sussex.
- Our Early Help is moving towards a more flexible service, maximising resources out in the community to reach the most vulnerable children, young people and families in West Sussex.
- New and soon-to-be dads can access essential parenting tips and support on DadPad, an app which is free to download for anyone living or working in West Sussex.
National Hate Crime Awareness Week runs from this Saturday to 16 October.
Keep an eye on our Community Safety Twitter and Facebook page where we will be sharing online posters, videos, and talking about how victims of hate crimes and incidences are impacted day-to-day.
How to report a hate crime.
If you know anyone who would like to sign up for this bulletin, please forward this eNewsletter to them and they can sign up here. Thank you for your support.