Healthy New Year
If you’re looking to make changes to your physical or mental health this year, check out some practical ideas to help you get going. Our website has plenty of information and advice for anyone over 18 who lives and/or works in West Sussex about the local support on a range of issues to help keep you healthy and well.
Your physical health
Getting a check-up
- Book your free NHS Health Check available to people aged 40 to 74. If you’re not eligible, request a Wellbeing MOT from your local Wellbeing Hub.
Cutting back and quitting
- Take the free alcohol test on the DrinkCoach website to see how drinking affects your health and get personalised advice about alcohol support in West Sussex.
- Book an appointment with your local Alcohol Wellbeing Advisor and find more tips and support.
- Stop smoking for good with free local support from trained advisors.
Losing weight and getting active
- Lose weight with free local support. See our Weight Management page to find out how to access digital and face-to-face programmes in West Sussex.
- Resolve to get more active to improve mental wellbeing, keep a healthy weight, and reduce the risk of heart disease and some cancers.
- Boost your immunity this winter by booking your Covid-19 and flu vaccinations.
- Take a free 3-minute hearing test on the Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID) website. Getting a hearing test and wearing hearing aids if you need them is the single biggest thing you can do to reduce your risk of dementia.
- Help prevent nasty falls by following the simple steps on our Falls Prevention page.
Help with emotional wellbeing and mental health
Life can be tough, and we all have our ups and downs, but sometimes we might need extra support. It could be you or someone you know who is struggling with loneliness, bereavement, or a relationship breakdown, addiction, debts or suicidal thoughts.
Help is at hand and there are people who care and who will listen.
- Visit the Your Mental Health West Sussex on the West Sussex County Council (WSCC) website or our Help and support pages where you can find useful online resources and contact details of people you can speak with.
- Domestic abuse can happen in any relationship. It can involve a single incident or a pattern of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading or violent behaviour. If you are concerned about your own, or someone else’s situation, the domestic abuse advice page on the WSCC website has more information and links to support services.
- The NHS Every Mind Matters website has tips for improving your mood, sleep and dealing with stress.
- The Cost of living advice pages on the WSCC website provides information on the practical and financial help available to help you and your family manage the pressures.