Wellbeing service focuses on the health of Horsham district residents

THE HORSHAM District Wellbeing Service is focusing on the health of local residents this month in conjunction with three national campaigns running in June.

Diabetes Week runs from Sunday 10 to Saturday June 16, followed by International Men’s Health Week from Monday 11 June and Carers ‘In sickness and in health’ Week runs from Monday June 18.

The Wellbeing Service is on hand to offer advice and support to anybody with any health and wellbeing concerns related to these or other issues.

The service has given information and advice out to over 1,100 Horsham District residents to date, and helped over 100 of these with more in-depth support and signposting , with healthy weight issues being the most prevalent - a contributory factor to diabetes.

Diabetes is a common, life long health condition, with around one in 20 people diagnosed in the UK and an estimated 850,000 people are unaware they have it.

The condition means that the body cannot make proper use of glucose, which then builds up in the blood instead of being burned as fuel.

The majority of cases are Type 2 diabetes, which is preventable through small changes to lifestyle, such as to diet, smoking, drinking and activity levels - all areas where a chat with a Wellbeing advisor could help.

One in 10 of the population is a carer, an unpaid individual who has extra responsibilities because they are looking after someone - usually a family member - who has a disability, illness, difficulty (such as addiction) or who is elderly and frail.

Being a carer may often mean that a person’s own health needs may come second and Carers Week will be focusing on how much the caring role impacts on their health and wellbeing.

North and Mid Sussex Carers’ Support Service will be at Sainsbury’s in Horsham on Tuesday 19 June between 9:30am and 12pm and Thursday June 21 between 2.30pm and 5pm, offering advice to local carers, with the Wellbeing Service’s advisors also on hand.

Men and boys are often reluctant to approach a doctor or other health professional and Men’s Health Week aims to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among males.

The Wellbeing advisors offer a free, tailored appointment, up to an hour long if required, and gives simple, non judgmental advice to clients wishing to make small changes to improve their health and wellbeing.

These changes include doing some regular exercise, dealing with stress, kicking a habit, getting the family fitter, or simply improving their general wellbeing.

Sue Rogers, Horsham District Council’s Cabinet Member for a Safer and Healthier District, said: “Diabetes is on the increase and the Horsham District is no exception.

“With our ageing population, many more carers are required - some of them are hidden and unrecognised.

“The wellbeing service can offer sound advice on these issues, and I would particularly like to see more men coming forward to talk about their health and wellbeing concerns, to avoid them becoming serious health issues in the future.”

Horsham District Wellbeing is a free, friendly and impartial service from Horsham District Council, the NHS and other partners, and can also help people to find local wellbeing information and services.

For more information, call the Wellbeing Hub on 01403 215111, visit www.horshamdistrictwellbeing.org.uk or email info@horshamdistrictwellbeing.org.uk

Anyone with an urgent health issue is advised to call their GP in the first instance.