The Rona Hub
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Anyone can face tough times - it’s really important to open up sometimes and talk.
“If you’re finding life tough, it’s really important to open up sometimes and talk.” These are the words of Delicious Orie, super heavyweight gold medalist at this year's Commonwealth Games.
From his work with local Herefordshire and Worcestershire boxing clubs, Delicious understands that sometimes the “toughest opponent is the one between your ears.”
Talking can help, you’re not alone. If you need urgent help, call the local helpline 0808 196 9127.
Mental health support in Worcestershire & Herefordshire
Take a look at the Now We’re Talking for Healthy Minds website to find out about support in your area.
The site is also full of handy resources and tips to help you manage your mental health and support others.
This NHS Healthy Minds teams cover Herefordshire and Worcestershire and provide a range of free, confidential support. This includes:
- Online therapy
- Groups and courses
- 1:1 support
- Access to some great resources available in your local area
If you need urgent help, call the local helpline 0808 196 9127
Emotional Health & Wellbeing
If you’re going through a difficult time or struggling to understand how you are feeling, these links can help you.
- Every Mind Matters - self-care for young people
- Kooth - online mental wellbeing community
- Mind for young people
- PLUS – combatting loneliness in Worcestershire
- Quell - free, safe and anonymous mental health support for over 18s
- Reading Well in Worcestershire Libraries
- Samaritans for young people
- The Children’s Society for Young People
- The Mix – essential support for under 25s
- Worcestershire Healthy Minds
- Young Minds - Look after yourself
Enjoy Summer Safely
Summer has arrived and it’s here to enjoy!
Take a look at the tips and links below so you can have fun safely.
Stay safe in the water and learn the water safety code.
Hot! Hot! Hot!
Follow this advice from the NHS and check the weather forecast:
Going for a picnic or camping?
Do your bit to avoid wildfires:
Taking a walk in the countryside?
It’s important to be tick aware to avoid Lyme disease:
Don’t let Covid spoil summer
Here’s how you can help to stay safe and stop the spread:
- Get vaccinated. It’s the best defence against COVID-19 and other infections such as flu.
- Let fresh air in when meeting people indoors
- Be hygienic:
- wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds or longer
- cover your nose and mouth when you cough and sneeze
- clean your surroundings frequently
- Wear a face covering or a face mask:
- when you are meeting someone who has a higher risk of becoming seriously unwell
- when COVID-19 rates are high and you will be near others in busy and enclosed spaces
- when there are a lot of respiratory viruses around e.g. in winter, and you will be near other people in busy and enclosed spaces
Want to find out more? Read the government’s guidance on:
Take one for the team! Get vaccinated! Get boosted!
It's not too late to get vaccinated!
Who can get a COVID-19 vaccine:
- everyone aged 5 and over can get a 1st and 2nd dose of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine
- people aged 16 and over, and some children aged 12 to 15, can also get a booster dose.
- people aged 75 years and older, residents in care homes for older people, and those aged 12 years and over with a weakened immune system can get a spring booster.
Do you know the signs of Meningitis and Septicaemia?
Meningitis and septicaemia can develop suddenly and can kill or leave people with life changing health problems.
Young teenagers, sixth formers and "fresher" students going to university for the first time are advised to have the vaccine. It’s available to new university entrants until you are 25 years old.
Learn to spot the signs. It could save your life! They can include:
- a high temperature (fever)
- being sick
- a headache
- a rash that does not fade when a glass is rolled over it (but a rash will not always develop)
- a stiff neck
- a dislike of bright lights
- drowsiness or unresponsiveness
- seizures (fits)
In the video below, Stacey Dooley interviews Meningitis survivor, Amy Davis and Dr Ragha explains more about the disease.
The Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine
The Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine is available for free to anyone who didn’t get doses as a child. If you are not sure, call your GP to check.
Measles is very infectious. It can cause serious complications and, in rare cases, be fatal.
It also tends to be more severe in young people and adults.
Measles starts with cold-like symptoms and sore red eyes followed by a high temperature and a red-brown blotchy rash. If you experience these symptoms, call NHS 111
Mumps is circulating in England, particularly among 15 -25 year olds.
Mumps is contagious. It can be painful and in rare cases can lead to the swelling of the ovaries or the testes, meningitis and deafness.
You can recognise Mumps by the painful swellings at the side of the face under the ears. However more general symptoms often develop a few days before the face swells. These can include:
- joint pain
- feeling sick
- dry mouth
- mild abdominal pain
- feeling tired
- loss of appetite
- a high temperature (fever) of 38C (100.4F), or above