The NHS Wellbeing Service
The NHS Wellbeing Service is available to those living in Norfolk, Waveney or Suffolk and focuses on supporting and improving common mental health and emotional issues, such as low mood, depression and stress. Mental health issues can vary hugely in the ways that they show up and affect people, and The Wellbeing Service understands that it’s not always easy to come forward and talk about it. The Wellbeing Service is run by caring, compassionate professionals who are sensitive to the difficulties in opening up about mental health and understand how much of a toll it can take on someone’s life. In their own words; ‘Wellbeing means feeling more than just happy and confident, it means feeling able to cope when things get tough in our lives or when our physical health suffers’.
Their aim is to support people in making the necessary changes to improve their wellbeing and quality of life. They have a range of services available to facilitate all aspects of a person’s wellbeing journey, such as:
- One-to-One Support
- Online Guided Self-Help
- Services for Children and Young People
- Relationship Counselling for Couples, Individuals and Families
- Wellbeing Courses
- Self-Help Advice
- Peer Support and access to Social Groups
Their services are free and available to people of all ages. To get in touch, self-refer, or find out more, check them out here.
NHS Health Check
A Health Check is a great way to raise any concerns you may have and identify the signs of any conditions that may need attention. The NHS Health Check is a check-up available to adults in England aged 40 to 74 which is designed to spot the early signs of conditions we’re at risk of developing as we get older, such as kidney disease, heart disease, type 2 diabetes or dementia. Staying on top of check-ups can lower this risk.
Those eligible for a health check must be between the ages of 40 and 74 and must not have any of the following pre-existing conditions:
- Heart Disease
- Chronic Kidney Disease
- High Blood Pressure
- Atrial Fibrillation
- Transient Ischaemic Attack
- Inherited High Cholesterol
- Heart Failure
- Peripheral Arterial Disease
- Currently being prescribed statins to lower cholesterol
- Previous checks have found you have a 20% or higher risk of getting cardiovascular disease over the next 10 years
If you’re in the specified age group, you should receive a letter every 5 years inviting you for a free health check. You can also contact your GP surgery to book in. Once you’ve had the check-up, your healthcare professional will discuss your results with you and advise on any steps you may need to take to maintain and improve your health.