Jump into January with new challenges, new solutions in 2020!

The start of a New Year can bring lots of new challenges, but it can be overwhelming for carers and care providers.

Throughout January, Warwickshire County Council will be sharing a variety of useful tips to help everyone in Warwickshire ‘Jump into January’ and start 2020 well.

January can be a gloomy time for many so keep an eye out for our tips on physical health, mental health and family health this month so that you, your colleagues, customers and residents can tackle the New Year blues.

Out of hospital this Winter

Whether customers or staff, help people avoid a hospital stay and keep well by making sure they keep warm and hydrated, any repeat prescriptions are filled in plenty of time, and that they finish their course of antibiotics if they’ve been prescribed them by their GP (and the same applies to you and your own health). You can get more advice on how to help you and others stay well and out of hospital this Winter at www.nhs.uk/staywell.

Every Mind Matters

Take simple steps to look after the mental health of you and others this year. Every Mind Matters can give you tips to be better prepared for 2020’s ups and downs. To create a personalised mind plan, visit https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/.

Warwickshire Safe Havens

If you know someone that’s getting through January feeling distressed, frightened or overwhelmed and they don’t know where to turn for support, they can visit a Warwickshire Safe Haven. No appointment or referral is needed to visit a Safe Haven and they can speak to a mental health professional over the phone or in person. For more information, visit https://www.mhm.org.uk/warwickshire-safe-havens.

Dry January

After the festive period, lots of us want to get healthier, feel like we’ve drank a bit too much or too often, or just feel like we could do with some time off. Now could be a good time to go ‘dry’ for January. Did you know that people who complete Dry January are more likely to still be drinking less 6 months later? For more information, visit https://alcoholchange.org.uk/.


Many people use the New Year as a chance for a fresh start. If you’re looking to reduce or quit smoking this year, there is plenty of support available across Warwickshire. To find out more visit https://quit4good.warwickshire.gov.uk/.

Fitter Futures Warwickshire

For people who meet certain health criteria, Fitter Futures Warwickshire supports people of all ages to improve to make healthy lifestyle changes. Find out more about Fitter Futures by visiting www.warwickshire.gov.uk/fitterfutures.

Carer’s Response Emergency Support Service (CRESS)

The New Year can be a tough time for family carers. If they need time to attend appointments or a significant event, they can register with CRESS (the Carer’s Response Emergency Support Service) who will be able to provide respite care to their loved one while they are away. Please call 02476 258816 for more information.

Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)

And finally, if you want to make a difference to health and social care services in 2020, then why not have a say about the services near you. Visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/JSNA to find out more.

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