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  • Dying matters – Let’s talk about it! | HSC Public Health Agency
    your end of life wishes met and Live gives an important reminder that sorting out the details helps you live life to the full with peace of mind Corrina Grimes Allied Health Professions Consultant at the PHA said Many of us have specific wishes about how and where we would like to die and what we would like to happen after our death Sometimes we don t like to talk about our wishes and thoughts about death and dying perhaps due to fear of the subject or fear that we may upset our family or friends However if we don t have these types of conversations it can mean that people s wishes go unfulfilled and families may struggle to make decisions There may be important matters you want to address now rather than when time feels limited Some simple steps that you can take to make your end of life experience better both for yourself and for your loved ones are Make a will Record your funeral wishes Plan your future care and support Register as an organ donor Tell your loved ones your wishes Corrina continued We want to get as many people as possible thinking talking and acting during Dying Matters Awareness Week Talking about dying death and bereavement is in everyone s interests as it can help ensure that all of us can get the care and support we want where we want it at the end of our lives Even just having a chat with family friends or colleagues about the importance of preparing for death can change perceptions Through being more confident in talking about dying and taking small actions to plan for the future and support each other together we can make a big difference Talking about death does not bring it any

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/news/dying-matters-%E2%80%93-let%E2%80%99s-talk-about-it (2016-02-11)
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  • Lung cancer campaign to raise awareness and save lives | HSC Public Health Agency
    towards lung cancer Some of the common signs and symptoms of lung cancer include persistent cough more than three weeks coughing up blood or blood stained phlegm sputum chest and or shoulder pains tiredness and loss of energy weight loss for no obvious reason shortness of breath or wheezing hoarse voice a change in shape at the end of your fingers clubbing Cancer can strike at any age but almost 9 out of 10 cancers are diagnosed in people over 50 so that group in particular needs to be aware of how important it is to recognise any changes to their body and speak to their doctor if something isn t right Marlene Murtagh a non smoker from Belfast was diagnosed with lung cancer in December 2014 Early detection and diagnosis resulted in Marlene receiving the appropriate treatment and she is now on the road to recovery Her advice is to seek medical advice as soon as possible Cancer is not something that any of us wants to think about However if you have symptoms that could point to lung cancer talk to a doctor and don t delay The earlier that lung cancer is diagnosed the more that can be done so my advice would be to forget about your fears or embarrassment get your symptoms checked I had a cough and luckily got it checked out early and despite being a non smoker I had developed lung cancer But my experience has shown that if lung cancer is detected early it can be treated with a successful outcome and remember you don t have to be a smoker to get lung cancer Chief Medical Officer Dr Michael McBride said Raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of lung cancer is vital to get more people who develop the

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/news/lung-cancer-campaign-raise-awareness-and-save-lives (2016-02-11)
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  • Pupils enjoy Incredible Years graduation | HSC Public Health Agency
    early stages of a child s life can produce the best outcomes for both mental and physical health The structure of the programme is also significant by involving parents in this exciting journey and helping parents build on their existing skills to engage with their children Collectively parents in the group now have a toolkit to cope better with the challenges that present in everyday life Incredible Years includes a range of initiatives designed to help children manage their emotions reduce behaviour problems and increase problem solving skills It includes a Dinosaur School with friendly child sized puppets for younger children and a parenting programme focused on strengthening parenting skills and promoting parent involvement in children s school experiences Largymore Primary School Lisburn was one of three schools to participate The school s principal Gillian Dunlop said The Incredible Years Programme has so much to offer for the social emotional and behavioural development of our kids Parental involvement strengthens those home school links that are vital to secure educational success for their children At the end of 16 weeks it is fantastic to celebrate with parents and children and we are very proud of their achievements The Incredible Years Programme has been funded by the Department for Social Development through the Early Intervention Lisburn Project and is also available in Old Warren Primary School and Knockmore Primary School ENDS Notes to the editor The Early Intervention Lisburn Project was initiated by the Resurgam Community Development Trust in 2011 to improve outcomes for children young people and families in deprived areas of Lisburn The research report The Best for Every Child 2012 identified the need to focus on building community aspiration and expectation The project is supported by a wide range of community statutory voluntary and government partners that will ensure

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/news/pupils-enjoy-incredible-years-graduation (2016-02-11)
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  • Boost your health with a walk to work | HSC Public Health Agency
    taking the short journey to work when you may be able to walk it If you take public transport you could take the bus but just hop off a few stops early and walk the rest of the way to work Building these small things in to your daily routine means you can get more active and boost your health Spread the word about Walk to Work Week in your office and you might find that others are interested too Walking in a group is a great way to stay motivated so ask if any of your colleagues live near you and walk to work together Plus it s a great chance to blow away the cobwebs from a sleepy morning and walking home again is a great way of de stressing if you ve had a tough day Not only will it benefit your health it ll also benefit your pocket saving you money on bus fares petrol for your car and parking fees Just over half of us 53 meet the Chief Medical Officer s recommendations on physical activity Being active for 30 minutes on at least five days is a good approach and you can break that down further into 10 minute bouts of moderate activity that will fit in well with a busy working schedule Moderate activity can include a brisk walk or riding a bike and any activity is better than none A range of helpful tips on getting active can be found on the Public Health Agency websites www getalifegetactive com and www choosetolivebetter com Notes to the editor The Department for Regional Developmnent Travel Survey for Northern Ireland 2011 2013 published in December 2014 http www drdni gov uk northern ireland travel survey htm shows that 83 of journeys to work were taken

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/news/boost-your-health-walk-work (2016-02-11)
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  • Good mental health just as important as good physical health | HSC Public Health Agency
    PHA said By adopting simple steps and introducing them into everyday life you can improve your mental health This could include things such as engaging more with your friends or family learning a new skill or becoming more active These can all lead to improving your self esteem The PHA is using Mental Health Awareness Week to encourage people to take action to improve their mental health and wellbeing The Five Ways to Wellbeing sometimes also known as Take 5 are Connect engage with the people around you family friends colleagues and neighbours at home work school or in your local community Think of these as the cornerstones of your life and invest time in developing them Be active exercising can make you feel good Take notice be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you Keep learning try something new or rediscover an old interest Learning new things will make you more confident as well as being fun Give do something nice for a friend or a stranger Seeing yourself and your happiness linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and creates connections with the people around you More information on looking after your mental health the Five Ways to Wellbeing and the support which is available across Northern Ireland can be found at www mindingyourhead info You can also talk to your GP for advice If you or someone you know is in distress or despair call Lifeline on 0808 808 8000 This is a confidential service where trained counsellors will listen and help immediately on the phone and follow up with other support if necessary The helpline is available 24 hours a day seven days a week You can also

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/news/good-mental-health-just-important-good-physical-health (2016-02-11)
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  • Opportunities for training in emotional wellbeing and suicide prevention | HSC Public Health Agency
    that addresses issues from building emotional resilience through to direct suicide intervention programmes Almost 6 000 people have completed mental health and suicide awareness training through the Western Trust to statutory community and voluntary agencies This includes 840 who have completed the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training ASIST and over 1 300 the suicide awareness programme SafeTalk A lot of the community based training has been undertaken directly with the community and voluntary sector through collaboration with the community based initiative CLEAR and other partnerships have included the Western Trust schools workplaces and sporting organisations A further 14 000 people have participated in a variety of programmes such as Mental Health First Aid Impact of Alcohol on Self Harm and Crisis Intervention training which have been facilitated by CLEAR and the Western Trust We are encouraged that demand for the participation on the courses remains high and many of the courses are already fully booked We would however encourage more people to consider registering for the programmes such as Mental Health First Aid Safe Talk Motivational Intervention and the Impact of Alcohol on Self Harm Waiting lists are currently been drawn up for future courses and the registered demand will assist the PHA Western Trust and CLEAR to determine where future courses should be delivered To register an interest in forthcoming courses individuals can contact the Western Trust s Health Improvement Department on 028 7186 5127 by email at health improvement westerntrust hscni net Alternatively contact the CLEAR project on 028 7138 3386 or by email at Brenda derryhc com Details of the Western Trust s training programmes can be accessed via the Trust s website www westerntrust hscni net or via on the link below www westerntrust hscni net pdf HI Training brochure April Sep15 pdf Print Facebook Twitter

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/news/opportunities-training-emotional-wellbeing-and-suicide-prevention (2016-02-11)
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  • Parents encouraged to support young people during exam stress | HSC Public Health Agency
    let them know that you are there for support Madeline said that simple measures can reduce stress around exam time for young people We are encouraging young people not to allow things to get on top of them and to take time away from the books to clear their heads and relax if they are feeling under pressure Top tips for parents Ensure that your child knows that you are available making time for them and giving them support Encourage them to keep in contact with friends and to do the things they enjoy Remind them to take short breaks away from books or the computer and to get some fresh air or physical exercise preferably with another person Reassure your child that there are always other options and ways to move forward regardless of results Let them know that they are valued whatever the exam results More information on looking after your mental health and the support available across Northern Ireland can be found at www mindingyourhead info If you or someone you know is in distress or despair call Lifeline on 0808 808 8000 This is a confidential service where trained counsellors will listen and help immediately on

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/news/parents-encouraged-support-young-people-during-exam-stress (2016-02-11)
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  • The NI Transforming Cancer Follow-up team wins recognition at UK Nursing Standard Awards | HSC Public Health Agency
    scheduled without delay A treatment record is provided for patients and their GPs This ensures good communication on treatments and any possible longer term consequences and complications which could arise Also people are invited to go along to a health and wellbeing event where they hear about all the practical things they can do to keep well and find out about local support services on their doorstep Macmillan has invested more than 1 million in the Transforming Cancer Follow Up programme The leading cancer charity s general manager in Northern Ireland Heather Monteverde says cancer care is undergoing radical changes Without a complete transformation of the way people are supported after their treatment ends there is no way patients will get the aftercare they so desperately need whether that s practical help at home financial advice or even emotional support The role of the Cancer Nurse Specialist is key to the success of the Transforming Cancer Follow Up Programme The Transforming Cancer Follow Up Programme has been implemented by Northern Ireland s five Health and Social Care Trusts as the new model for breast cancer follow up and progress is being made in remodelling prostate and colorectal cancer aftercare with a view to including other tumour groups According to an evaluation report completed by advisors PwC in February 2015 58 of newly diagnosed breast cancer patients are now taking up self directed aftercare Patient confidence in the new system has been demonstrated by 12 of patients using the new rapid access system for the follow up breast pathway to highlight their concerns in a timely manner The overall impact of the programme has resulted in a 28 fall in breast surgical review waiting lists allowing clinical teams to spend more time with patients with more complex needs Dean Sullivan Director

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/news/ni-transforming-cancer-follow-team-wins-recognition-uk-nursing-standard-awards (2016-02-11)
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