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Spotlight On Mental Health Awareness Week

The coming week is Mental Health Awareness Week and the Public Health Agency (PHA) is using it as an opportunity to raise awareness about stress and the steps we can take to tackle it. Mental Health Awareness Week runs from 14-21 May and this year shines a spotlight on how we can…

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PHA Say Stay Well During Cold and Flu Season

With flu levels having risen in recent weeks and many of us experiencing coughs and colds, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is offering some simple advice to us get through winter and reminding everyone that hand hygiene and self-care are essential when preventing and managing colds and flu. Dr Lucy…

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Public Health Agency Warns Of Measles If Travelling To Europe

MMR vaccine advice for public planning on travel to parts of Europe following outbreaks of measles. The Public Health Agency (PHA) is reminding people planning on travelling to continental Europe to ensure they have had their Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccinations. The advice comes following a number of confirmed…

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PHA Provides Stress Control Classes Across NI

Stress control classes available across Northern Ireland Stress doesn’t just make you feel bad – it can also be bad for your health. The good news is there are measures you can take to deal with it. The Public Health Agency (PHA) is encouraging those experiencing stress to participate in…

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PHA Says Leave Car At Home For School Run

The new school term has begun and the roads are once again busy with parents driving their children back and forth from school. Some streets such as Edward Street in Downpatrick are notorious bottlenecks for traffic and many children are probably within safe walking distance of the school along with…

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Help Eliminate Hepatitis Says PHA

Help eliminate hepatitis On World Hepatitis Day (28 July) the Public Health Agency is supporting the World Hepatitis Alliance campaign message to eliminate hepatitis. In May 2016, the World Health Assembly endorsed the Global Health Sector Strategy (GHSS) on viral hepatitis 2016–2021. This calls for the elimination of viral hepatitis…

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Hospital Passport For Learning Disabled Launched

A new Regional Hospital Passport has been launched to help improve the experience of hospital visits for people with a learning disability. The Public Health Agency (PHA), in partnership with the Regional General Hospital Forum for Learning Disabilities, health and social care trusts, and people with a learning disability and…

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Salt Awareness Week, So Check The Labels

This week is Salt Awareness Week (20-26 March) and the Public Health Agency (PHA) is reminding everyone of the dangers of eating too much salt and asking everyone to check food labels to see how much salt is in our food. Too much salt in our diet can contribute to…

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Top Tips By PHA To Fight Fuel Poverty

With more than two in five households here in fuel poverty, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is using Fuel Poverty Awareness Day (Friday 17 February) to highlight energy efficiency tips and services that many people may find useful in helping to tackle the issue.. A household is in fuel poverty…

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Top Tips For Obesity Awareness Week

Is your waist hitting the high inches mark?? If so, read on! Having a waistline of 37 inches or more for a man and 32 inches or more for a woman can put you at a greater risk of developing heart disease, some cancers and Type 2 diabetes. Your health…

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Emergency Departments Across NI Facing Pressure

Joint Statement from the Health and Social Care Board and Public Health Agency A spokesperson for the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) and Public Health Agency (PHA) said: “Emergency Departments across the North of Ireland have been experiencing high levels of pressure for several days. The public can assist by…

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Look After Your Mental Health Over The Holidays Says PHA

In the run up to Christmas, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is reminding people of the importance of looking after their own mental health and that of their family and friends over the holiday period. Christmas is traditionally seen as a time of joy and celebration, but for some people…

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Stay Well This Winter By Washing Your Hands

On Global Handwashing Day on 15 October, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is reminding people to stay well by maintaining good hand hygiene. This will help to reduce the risk of picking up or spreading winter viruses such as influenza and norovirus. Good hand washing with soap and warm water…

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Public Health Agency Urges People To Take The Benefits Of Mental Health Week

The Public Health Agency (PHA) is urging people to use Mental Health Awareness Week (16-22 May) to take time out to think about our own mental health and what we can do to improve it. Amanda O’Neill, Senior Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement Officer at the PHA, said: “The PHA…

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Know Your Limits If Drowning The Shamrock On St Patrick’s Day

The Public Health Agency (PHA) is urging people to keep an eye on their alcohol intake ahead of St Patrick’s Day, emphasising the dangers of binge drinking and the effects that excess alcohol can have on your health and your safety. The PHA’s Drugs and Alcohol lead Owen O’Neill said:…

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