Perinatal mental health issues: PATH & NHS

Our Interreg 2Seas PATH project is working to raise awareness of, destigmatise and prevent perinatal mental health issues. Up to one in five women will experience a mental health problem in pregnancy, or the first year after birth, with up to three to five per cent experiencing a serious psychiatric disorder. 

As part of the NHS Long Term Plan, the NHS has committed to continued investment in perinatal mental health care for mothers and their partners who need specialist support during and following pregnancy.

NHS England and NHS Improvement in the North are supporting health professionals to ensure that they have access to guidance and advice, so that women with, or at risk of developing, perinatal mental health issues are fully supported throughout pregnancy and following birth: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9OSN9APkUQ&feature=youtu.be

Should we be renaming NCDs?

In honour of this week’s 2nd Global Week for Action on NCDs C3 Collaborating for Health have a quick survey for you and could use your expertise.

As you may know, there has been ongoing debate about the need to rename non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

Why a new name? The term NCDs has been criticised for being outdated, not descriptive enough, misleading, and unfitting for conveying the gravity of this number one killer in the world. 

There have been a few suggestions for alternative names, each with their pros and cons. As a ‘fun’ exercise this Global Action on NCDs week we’re reaching out to you, our creative network, to see if you can help answer our questions so we can collectively brainstorm a better term for NCDs.

TICC: Latest news

Our Interreg 2Seas TICC (Transforming Integrated Care in the Community) project is working to create systemic change in health & social care, providing services that are better suited to our ageing population by addressing their holistic needs. This is being tested via the implementation of the Buurtzorg integrated care at home model which consists of self-managing teams of 12 staff working at neighbourhood level handling every aspect of care & business.

All 8 delivery partners (including 3 in the UK) have launched their first Buurtzorg-inspired teams, following last year’s successful learning process.

Many partners have already moved on to further teams, and are exploring other health/care settings to spread the word.

Alongside this, all teams and partners are contributing to the collaborative process around identifying and resolving the barriers and challenges to this new, self-managing approach.  French partners, in particular, have gained the ear of national bodies, and are seeking to change the frameworks which restrict the approach – and teams in the UK and Belgium are engaging with a view to influencing in a similar way.

ENSURE: Vulnerable People – Everybody counts

Social exclusion is defined as a: “process through which individuals or groups are wholly or partially excluded from full participation in the society in which they live” (European Foundation, 1995). Across the 2Seas region health/social care providers have become aware of a growing number of socially excluded vulnerable people whose needs are not recognized/met by current structures & services. At present services are accessed by allocating people a pre-determined “label” eg autistic. ENSURE will reach both the significant number of people who do not fit these labels & are passed from one service to another without attaining support as well as those who do not access support despite meeting the criteria. ENSURE will provide a simple, effective solution to prevent their situation worsening & causing great cost to them & society. It recognises that services are failing these people & provides a cost-effective system redesign to prevent vulnerability in our communities.

PATH’s launch in Southampton with a Teddy Bears Picnic

Our EU-funded Interreg 2Seas PATH project, focusing on perinatal mental health, was launched on the 27th of August in Southampton. The project’s mascot in Southampton, Peri the PATH bear, was on hand to welcome families in the area to a Teddy Bears Picnic in order to raise awareness of and destigmatise perinatal mental health issues. The day was thoroughly enjoyed by all those who attended and was a great way to kick off the project that will run until September 2022.

For more information about the project, follow us on Twitter @2SeasPATH

The Second Global Week for Action on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) 2-8 September

As we get closer to the Second Global Week for Action on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) 2-8 September 2019, the NCD Alliance invites you to start sharing your plans for the week through enoughncds.com.

The Week for Action on NCDs will harness the strengths of the NCD community and momentum toward the UN High-Level Meeting (HLM) on UHC on 23rd September. We are unifying the NCD movement and beyond around our right to health to say: ‘ENOUGH. Ensuring Healthy Lives for All: Noncommunicable Diseases and Universal Health Coverage.’

To read more about this, go to: https://enoughncds.com/8wks-to-2019-w4a/

Meet the first European country to legalise cannabis: Luxembourg

Calling on its EU neighbours to relax their drug laws, Luxembourg’s health minister confirmed plans to become the first European country to legalise cannabis production and consumption.

Residents over the age of 18 are expected to be able to buy cannabis for recreational use legally within two years. Nevertheless, the state will regulate production and distribution through a cannabis agency. Draft legislation is expected to be unveiled later this year providing further detail on the types of cannabis that will be on sale and the level of tax that will be imposed.

To read more about this, go to: https://www.healtheuropa.eu/first-european-country-legalise-cannabis-luxembourg/92793/

Support Julie Webster’s Wing Walk

At 12 noon on 29th August  2019 Julie from Medway Community Health is taking the opportunity to fly through the sky and raise awareness of the DWELL project and raise some money at the same time! 

Half of the money raised will be donated to ourZone and half will be used to raise awareness of diabetes. Email Julie at julie.webster1@nhs.net for a sponsorship form.

Did you know taking pain medications could lead to higher cardiovascular risks?

Researchers from University of British Columbia, Canada, have discovered that pain medications are linked to higher cardiovascular risks in patients with osteoarthritis.

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can help to control the pain and inflammation in individuals with osteoarthritis (OA), but a new arthritis & rheumatology study suggests that NSAIDs contribute to cardiovascular side effects in these patients, therefore suggesting a higher chance of cardiovascular risks occurring.

To read more about this go to: https://www.healtheuropa.eu/did-you-know-taking-pain-medications-could-lead-to-higher-cardiovascular-risks/92773/

Empower parents, enable breastfeeding

Becoming the parent of a new baby is both a life-altering gift and an immense responsibility. This week, as countries around the world celebrate World Breastfeeding Week, UNICEF and WHO are calling on governments and all employers to adopt family-friendly policies that support breastfeeding. The theme of this year’s World Breastfeeding Week is “Empower Parents, Enable Breastfeeding.” 

These policies include paid maternity leave for a minimum of 18 weeks, and paid paternity leave, plus access to a parent-friendly workplace to protect and support mothers’ ability to continue breastfeeding upon return to work by having access to breastfeeding breaks; a safe, private, and hygienic space for expressing and storing breastmilk; and affordable childcare.

To read more about this go to: https://www.who.int/news-room/events/detail/2019/08/01/default-calendar/world-breastfeeding-week-2019