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It's all happening in October

07 October 2016

It is a busy month with two major health and wellbeing campaigns.

Take the Stoptober challenge

Stoptober is back for 2016 to encourage smokers across England to make a bid to give up during October.

Stoptober has encouraged almost one million to try and quit smoking to date, with thousands more likely to take part this autumn, and this year there are plenty of ways for people and partners to get involved.

Launched in 2012, Stoptober is the challenge from Public Health England to giveStoptober is back for 2016 to encourage smokers across England to make a bid to give up during October. up cigarettes over a 28 day period.

It encourages and supports smokers across England towards quitting for good. Stoptober is based on the insight that if you can stop smoking for 28-days, you are five times more likely to be able to stay quit for good. 

The campaign chunks down the quitting process, presents it as a more manageable 28 days and rallies people around a specific date to get started.

·        No matter how long you've smoked for, quitting can help improve your health straight away.

·         You'll have much more cash in your pocket. If you smoke a packet a day, you could save around £250 each month!

·         You're more likely to live longer and have more energy for quality time with your children, family and friends.

Find out more with Public Health England and see what resources are there to help you quit at


October Is Depression Awareness Month

We all have times when our mood is low, and we’re feeling sad or miserable about life. Usually these feelings pass in due course.

StoptoberBut if the feelings are interfering with your life and don't go away after a couple of weeks, or if they come back over and over again for a few days at a time, it could be a sign that you're experiencing depression.

With depression the feelings of being sad, hopeless or fed up don’t just go away. They can last for months, and become so intense that carrying on with everyday life can become impossible.

There are so many psychological and physical symptoms to depression, it can be hard to spot. These are some of the most common, so if you've experienced four or more for most of the day, nearly every day for over two weeks, it might be time to talk to someone - friend, colleague family member, the Trust Employee Assistance Provider (EAP) or visit your GP for help.

Depression can affect anyone and it can be especially hard to spot the symptoms if you’ve been feeling the same way for a long time. Many people find they also experience anxiety alongside their symptoms, so nausea, breathlessness and headaches are all signs that it might be time to get help. Stoptober











Depression is common, and in its mildest form most people can lead a healthy and active life with the right treatment and support. On the more severe end, depression can be devastating, getting help early can be vital. Talk to someone about it and don’t go through it alone.

For more details on how to access the Trust EAP, visit;

Further support and resources can also be accessed via

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