Social Sense chosen to lead Healthy Growth and Wellbeing Consultation!

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Social Sense has been chosen to lead an exciting new consultation which will give children and young people more influence on shaping future health services in Manchester.

Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT), supported by Health Education England working in the North West (HEE NW), has commissioned Social Sense to lead a consultation relating to CHAMP, an established Children’s Health and Monitoring Programme based in Manchester.

Social Sense will be working closely with the University of Salford, who will be supporting the project design and independent evaluation of the 12-month project.

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Social Sense shortlisted in the UK Public Sector Communications Awards for the second year running!

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Social Sense’s Change UP programme has been nominated for the 2017 Social Marketing Campaign of the Year Award at the UK Public Sector Communications Awards.

“Change Up;” a pilot social norms project Commissioned by the Salford CCG ‘Joint Health and Wellbeing Innovation Fund’. aiming to promote healthy (non-violent) relationships amongst teenagers in the area. The aim of this peer to peer project was to educate young people about the true norms surrounding healthy relationships and inspire them to display and promote resilience-building values.

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World Music Day – The benefits of Mindfully listening to Music!

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The benefits of mindfulness are becoming increasingly more evident nowadays. With the NHS recognising its benefits, and studies showing its positive impact on treating depression, anxiety and chronic pain, it seems like we could all gain from being more aware of the present moment.

People who benefit from mindfulness do so by building it into their everyday routine. From mindful movement to mindful eating, developing an awareness of thoughts, feelings and sensations rather than getting caught up in ruminating or thinking can give us a greater sense of peace, space, happiness and contentment.

With World Music Day taking place today, there’s never been a better time to practice listening to music mindfully. Focussing on the sounds of the instruments, and pitch and tone of the music can really help to focus our attention on being right here, right now. Read the rest of this entry »

Social Sense Achieves Positive Attitudinal Impacts

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Social Sense has recently concluded a successful 12-month pilot project with local secondary schools in Salford, tackling the misperceptions that exist around domestic violence and abuse (DVA).

In an area where DVA costs £1.2m a year and GMP are dealing with increased cases year on year, Salford CCG were keen to try a new approach with local 13 and 14 year olds. Read the rest of this entry »

How Type 1 Diabetes affects your Mental Health

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Type 1 Diabetes isn’t just about counting carbs, checking blood glucose levels (BGLs) and injecting insulin. The disease takes a heavy toll on emotional and mental wellbeing as well.

As a Type 1 Diabetic and someone who has suffered with mental health issues as a direct result of this, I can confirm from experience how difficult this can be. The biggest misconception is that type 1 Diabetes is just a physical condition and that there are no mental health repercussions from living with the disease.

What is it that makes Diabetes a strain on the mental health? The best place to start would be at the beginning, diagnosis. Read the rest of this entry »

How can volunteering help your mental health?

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With it being national Volunteers week from 1-7th June, it is important to say that there’s good evidence that volunteering brings benefits to both the person volunteering and the people and organisations they support. Read the rest of this entry »

Instagram – The Most Harmful App for Mental Health

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Instagram is the worst social media app for young people’s mental health, according to a new report by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH).

RSPH and the Young Health Movement (YHM) have published a new report, #StatusOfMind, examining the positive and negative effects of social media on young people’s health, including a league table of social media platforms according to their impact on young people’s mental health. Read the rest of this entry »