Health Ready

Cold weather can be bad for our health, especially for people aged 65 and older. As we age, it takes longer to warm up, which raises the risk of increased blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes.

For more information about how to stay warm and well in winter, visit Age UK's website Age UK's website, call 0800 587 0668 or visit the NHS website

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Flu and coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines


Getting your winter vaccines is important because: 

  • More people are likely to get flu this winter as fewer people will have built up natural immunity to it during the COVID-19 pandemic 
  • If you get flu and COVID-19 at the same time, research shows you're more likely to be seriously ill 
  • Getting vaccinated against flu and COVID-19 will provide protection for you and those around you for both these serious illnesses

If you've had COVID-19, it's safe to have the flu vaccine. It will still be effective at helping to prevent flu.

Visit the NHS website to find out if you're eligible for a COVID-19 Booster and free flu vaccination and how to book appointments for your vaccines online. 

The NHS is here to support you and you should still seek help if you need support with your mental or physical health. 

Please choose wisely and use the most appropriate services for your needs: 

  • Visit NHS website or call 111 for 24-hour advice if you need help but aren't sure where to get it. 
  • Pharmacy - trained professionals can provide advice and guidance for many common conditions.
  • GP - for ongoing or persistent medical issues. 
  • Urgent Treatment Centres - can help with urgent but not life-threatening issues. 
  • A&E - for life-threatening and serious emergencies only.

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Mental health and wellbeing 

There are many things that can affect your mental health, particularly if you are dealing with financial problems. It's normal and there is help available. 

If someone is in a mental health crisis and needs urgent help, they can call their local Crisis Team 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: 

  • People in North Cumbria can call 0800 6522 865. (Those who are Deaf/hard of hearing can text 0779 565 6226.) 
  • People in South Cumbria can call 0800 953 0110. 

NHS psychological therapies services in Cumbria can provide treatments for a range of common mental health problems including depression, anxiety disorders and panic attacks, and post-traumatic stress disorder. You can refer yourself for support or ask your GP to make a referral for you. 

For more details: 

If you need to talk to someone urgently, the Samaritans are available 24/7 on 116 123.

Mindline Cumbria offers support and guidance about mental health over the phone on 0300 561 0000 or text 'Mind' to 81066. You can also go online and chat to trained professionals.

Togetherall is a service offering free online support to anyone aged 16 and over, 24/7 in North Cumbria. It provides online peer-peer support, access to an anonymous community and lots of information, as well as courses and resources covering a range of mental health and wellbeing topics.

Kooth is a free online service for young people over 11. Go to kooth.com. 

Every Life Matters have produced a guide to looking after yourself and others. It contains practical information about things you can do now to look after your mental health and wellbeing, and how you can support others. Call 07908 537541. 

There are also self-help guides provided by the Cumbria, Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust covering several topics including depression, domestic abuse, eating disorders or stress. 

Useful links: 

  • Winter blues? - How to spot the warning signs of winter depression and tips to beat it

Staying safe from abuse

Everyone has the right to live safely without fear of violence or abuse, and even with COVID-19 restrictions in place, you can leave home to seek help if you are suffering abuse. 

Always call 999 in an emergency if someone is at immediate risk of harm.

If you, or someone you know is suffering from domestic abuse, help is available. Call 101, or report online at cumbria.police.uk. You can also contact Victim Support Cumbria on 0300 3030 157. 

If you have significant concerns about a child please contact the Cumbria Safeguarding Hub, on 0333 240 1727. 

If you are concerned that an adult is at risk of abuse or neglect, please call: 

  • Copeland and Allerdale 0300 303 3589. 
  • Carlisle and Eden 0300 303 3249. 
  • Furness and South Lakes 0300 303 2704.
  • Out of Hours 01228 526690.

Bereavement support

The death of a loved one can be among the most difficult moments that any of us will face in our lives. If you've lost a loved one, you can get free specialist support by ringing the Cruse helpline on 0808 808 1677. More sources of support can be found within the Public Health section.

If you have been affected by the tragedy of suicide, whether you have lost a family member, friend or colleague then Suicide Bereavement Support (SBS) is here to help you. 

Find out more at Suicide Bereavement Support or call/text 07572 975 721/07896 703 757. Alternatively, email hello@sbs.org.uk

Disability Support

The following specialist organisations Cumbria provide support and advice to people with disabilities: