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Features and campaigns 2014/15

12 Day of Christmas
10 December 2015
Our 12 days of Christmas highlights health and social care issues and offers advice on where you can find the right help when you need it over festive period.
World Antibiotic Awareness Week
05 November 2015
For 2015 the World Health Organisation has launched World Antibiotic Awareness Week, which will take place between the 16-22 November.
National Stress Awareness Day
02 November 2015
The 17th National Stress Awareness Day, which is held to celebrate helping people to beat stress will take place on 4 November 2015.  The theme this year is "Employee wellbeing as a worthwhile investment in your business".
Ask Your Pharmacist Week
02 November 2015
It’s Ask Your Pharmacist Week 9-15 November 2015. This year’s theme – Ask Your Pharmacist about Medicines and More – is deliberately broad, to give maximum flexibility for pharmacies and pharmacy stakeholders to focus on local priorities.
Medication: Do you take it?
19 October 2015
Unused prescription medicines cost you and your local NHS £2.4 million every year.1
Hate Crime Awareness Week 2015
12 October 2015
The purpose of the week is to raise awareness of what hate crime is and how serious it is, encourage reporting of hate crime to the police, and promote local support services and resources.
World Mental Health Day
07 October 2015
The theme for this year’s World Mental Health Day, observed on 10 October, is "Dignity in mental health". The day will be organised with the help of the World Federation for Mental Health. To help mark the occasion, we're raising awareness of what can be done to ensure that people with mental health problems can live with dignity.
Lupus Awareness Month
30 September 2015

Lupus awareness month is October.

Lupus is a potentially life-threatening autoimmune disease which is often invisible to everyone except those living with it!
World Suicide Prevention Day 2015
07 September 2015
World Suicide Prevention Day 2015 is Thursday 10 September.
This year, 2015 marks the 12th anniversary of the awareness day and this year the theme is "Preventing Suicide: Reaching Out and Saving Lives".
International Youth Day 2015
10 August 2015
International Youth Day was created by the United Nations and first celebrated in 1998. The event is now marked on 12 August each year, the day aims to celebrate the contribution youths make to society.
World Breastfeeding Week 2015
30 July 2015
World Breastfeeding Week will be celebrated across the globe from August 1 to 7. The week is coordinated by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA). The theme for this year’s week is: Breastfeeding and Work – Let’s make it work!
World Hepatitis Day
27 July 2015
On July 28 World Hepatitis Day brings the world together to raise awareness of the huge burden viral hepatitis and to influence real change in disease prevention and access to testing, treatment and care. One of just four disease-specific global awareness days officially recognised by the World Health Organization (WHO), World Hepatitis Day unites patient organisations, governments and the general public to drastically boost the global profile of hepatitis.
World Hepatitis Day
27 July 2015
On July 28 World Hepatitis Day brings the world together to raise awareness of the huge burden viral hepatitis and to influence real change in disease prevention and access to testing, treatment and care. One of just four disease-specific global awareness days officially recognised by the World Health Organization (WHO), World Hepatitis Day unites patient organisations, governments and the general public to drastically boost the global profile of hepatitis.
Staying cool in a heatwave
02 July 2015
Bright, hot summer days are what many of us look forward to for the rest of the year – especially in cold, wet England!
However, while we’re enjoying the balmy days of summer, we should not forget that the temperature can get too high, that it can become uncomfortably hot, and for some, it can become dangerously hot.
Breast cancer in women over 70
02 July 2015
Be Clear on Cancer  is a cancer awareness campaign led by Public Health England, working in partnership with the Department of Health and NHS England.
Feet on the Street
17 June 2015
Our next public event is being held on Tuesday 30 June between 10.30am and 2.30pm, titled “Feet on the Street”.  The event will run on similar lines to the successful “Town Talks Village Voices”.
World Blood Donor Day 2015
08 June 2015
The theme of this year's World Blood Donor Day campaign is "Thank you for saving my life" and is taking place on 14 June.
Carers Week
02 June 2015
Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.
Paracetamol campaign
01 June 2015
Please don’t request paracetamol on prescription
Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group spent £1m on prescribed paracetamol last year
A box of 32 paracetamol tablets on prescription costs the NHS approximately four times as much as it does to buy the tablets from a pharmacy or supermarket.
Dementia Awareness Week 2015
18 May 2015
Dementia Awareness Week 2015, Alzheimer’s Society’s annual awareness campaign, is taking place from 17-23 May in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. This year we are calling on organisations, supporters and our partners to help promote the message that life doesn’t end when dementia begins.
Dying Matters Awareness Week 2015
14 May 2015
Every year, Dying Matters and its coalition members host a fantastic range of events and activities around the country with the aim of getting people talking about dying, death and bereavement and making plans for their end of life.
Mental Health Awareness Week 2015
11 May 2015
Now in its 15th year, Mental Health Awareness Week aims to encourage the conversation around mental health to fight discrimination and stigma and promote good mental wellbeing.
Sun Awareness Week
30 April 2015
National Sun Awareness Week is designed to highlight the dangers of over-exposure to the sun and promote safe behaviour.
Supporting Older People In Our Community
28 April 2015
Drop by at any stage between 10am - 2pm, free refreshments, a warm welcome and a chance to air your views as a member of our local community.
The Suffolk Walking Festival 2015
27 April 2015
In 2015 we will be hosting our 8th Suffolk Walking Festival which has been developed over the years from its beginning in 2008 as the South and Heart of Suffolk Walking Festival.
Parkinson's Awareness Week
20 April 2015
Parkinson's Awareness Week is an annual opportunity to raise public awareness and build understanding of Parkinson's. This year Parkinson's Awareness Week is 20-26 April.
Bowel Cancer Awareness Month - April 2015
09 April 2015
Bowel cancer is the UK's second biggest cancer killer, but it shouldn't be. If diagnosed at an early stage, bowl cnacer is very treatable.
World Health Day 2015 - How safe is your food?
07 April 2015
Unsafe food is linked to the deaths of an estimated 2 million people annually – including many children.
International Day of Happiness
19 March 2015
The United Nations has adopted 20 March as a new International Day of Happiness, to be observed for the very first time in 2013. The aim of campaign is  to encourage people all over the world to do things to create more happiness.
Salt Awareness Week
16 March 2015
16-22 March 2015 is Salt Awareness Week.
The aim is to promote the importance of providing a healthy diet for children and adults so as to reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and other health problems.
NHS Mental Health Survey
16 March 2015

Help us to deliver the right first steps in maintaining good mental health

What is the service?
Over the last three years the Suffolk Wellbeing Service has been offering services to people with common mild to moderate mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.
Red Nose Day 2015
12 March 2015
Red Nose Day is back on Friday 13th March and this year Comic Relief is calling on the great British public to make their face funny for money!
New Drug Driving Law
10 March 2015
From 2 March 2015 there is a new drug driving law in England and Wales.
No Smoking Day is back on 11 March
10 March 2015
Smokers in Ipswich are being urged to take the first step in giving up cigarettes for good on No Smoking Day which takes place on Wednesday 11 March
March 2015 is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
02 March 2015
Ovarian cancer is the fifth most common cause of cancer death in women, accounting for more UK deaths than all of the other gynaecological cancers put together.
Rare Disease Day 2015
24 February 2015
Rare Disease Day takes place on the last day of February each year.
The main objective of Rare Disease Day is to raise awareness amongst the general public and decision-makers about rare diseases and their impact on patients' lives.
Shine a light on loneliness
27 January 2015
In Suffolk 15,000 older people don’t speak to a friend, family member or neighbour for a month or more, and 1 in 10 people aged over 65 say that they are always or often lonely.
Be Clear on Cancer - Oesophago-gastric cancers
26 January 2015
Having heartburn, most days, for three weeks or more, could be a sign of oesophageal or stomach cancer (cancer of the oesophagus or stomach). Chances are it’s nothing serious, but finding it early makes it more treatable. Don’t learn to live with it, tell your doctor
Dry January
05 January 2015
Here’s the thing, we all love talking about alcohol but are we having the right conversations? We want you to join us for 31 days of booze free bliss (or sheer struggle depending on how you see things!)
European Antibiotic Awareness Day
18 November 2014
European Antibiotic Awareness Day is marked annually on 18 November. The 2014 European Antibiotics Awareness Day focuses on self-medication with antibiotics.
Self Care Week 2014
17 November 2014
Self Care Week is a national awareness campaign to promote the benefits of self care, and this year it takes place between 17 and 23 November.
Congratulations to the winners
12 November 2014
We are pleased to announce the winners of our Schools Poster Competition.  Children were asked to create a poster, which shows what health services people can use when they need medical advice or are feeling unwell.
Look after yourself
11 November 2014
The campaign aims to encourage people to stay healthy and look after yourself over the winter.
November is lung cancer awareness month
06 November 2014

The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation is supporting lung cancer awareness month across the UK from November 1st.

The campaign aims to encourage people displaying the symptoms of lung cancer to visit their GP.

National Stress Awareness Day
04 November 2014

Stress is one of the most common conditions experienced by people in the UK.

To mark National Stress Awareness Day on Wednesday 5 November, Ipswich and East Suffolk and West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are urging people to consider their life balance and “how six ways to wellbeing” (courtesy of NHS West Kent CCG) can help them.

Over 60 and feeling under the weather?
28 October 2014
A minor illness can get worse quickly when you're over 60, so early advice is the best advice.
Got a bug?
23 October 2014
Look after yourself - For minor sprians, bumps, cuts, coughs and colds see your pharmacist or call NHS 111 for advice.
Be active Stay active!
16 October 2014
Older people living in Suffolk are being encouraged to keep active to reduce their risk of falls and subsequent injury and ill health.
Be Clear on Cancer - blood in pee campaign
13 October 2014
Every year, around 16,600 people in England are diagnosed with bladder or kidney cancer. Around 7,500 people die from bladder or kidney cancer in England each year, but this needn’t be the case. Knowing what to look out for saves lives.
Stoptober Campaign
01 October 2014
Stoptober, the 28-day stop smoking challenge from Public Health England is encouraging smokers in East Anglia to swap fags for gags, to help them quit for good this October.
Poster Competition
23 September 2014
We want you to design a poster to show who you can go to for help and advice about your health or when you are unwell. There are many places to go to but knowing which one is right, can sometimes be difficult. The picture on the other side shows all the different service that are available. This may help you when designing your poster. You may want to include writing or just have pictures on your poster.
Treat Yourself Better
22 September 2014
Treat Yourself Better with Pharmacist Advice is the new 2014/15 winter campaign from PAGB and Pharmacy Voice which urges people to treat winter ailments themselves and to seek advice from their pharmacist before going directly to their GP.
Freshers Week
18 September 2014
Registering with a local doctor may not be top of your list when moving away from home but it is important to register with a local GP just in case you are unwell.
Health and social care integration
05 September 2014
Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG, West Suffolk CCG and Suffolk County Council are in the process of engaging people on plans to better integrate health and social care services.
Back to school
14 August 2014

Make sure your child is ready for getting back to school in September.  Read our tips and advice for parents of young children.

New look website launch
23 July 2014
Following feedback from users we have now refreshed the design and added new features based on that feedback, which we hope will enhance your user experience and help you find the health information you need.  Read more about what’s new...
Yellow Men are coming to town
15 April 2014
Twelve yellow figures, inspired by the sculpture of Antony Gormley are part of the Clinical Commissioning Group’s campaign to raise awareness of the range of local NHS services available to provide advice and support when it’s not an emergency.
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