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Improving my PHYSICAL Health:
How do I know if I am underweight, a healthy weight or overweight?
Use the NHS BMI Calculator: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-weight/bmi-calculator/
Where can I find out about healthy eating and portion sizes?
Find advice on what you should be eating and how much on: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/
Find healthy recipes here: https://www.nhs.uk/change4life
NHS Weight Loss Plan:
Download this free NHS 12-week diet and exercise plan to help you lose weight: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-weight/start-the-nhs-weight-loss-plan/
How much exercise should I be doing?
Check out the infographics explaining the physical activity needed for health benefits for all age groups, disabled adults, pregnant women and women after childbirth: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/physical-activity-guidelines-infographics
Free exercise programmes, workouts and tips: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/
Where can I find out about activities and groups in Bolton?
Get Active Bolton – Find loads of ideas on easy ways to get up, get out and get active! https://www.getactivebolton.co.uk/
My Life in Bolton – Find sport and leisure activities in your local area. https://www.mylifeinbolton.org.uk/search.aspx?f.Category|C=Sport%20and%20Leisure&collection=bolton-meta&clive=bolton-providers,bolton-cqc
Walking groups for the over 50s https://www.ageuk.org.uk/bolton/our-services/walking-club/
Greater Manchester Walking – Find walking routes and groups in your local area. https://gmwalking.co.uk/
Improving my MENTAL Health:
Self Help Leaflets – here you can find information leaflets on a variety of mental health conditions e.g. stress, postnatal depression, post traumatic stress, self harm, health anxiety. https://web.ntw.nhs.uk/selfhelp/
SPOA – Single Point of Access: If you would like to self refer for talking therapies to help with anxiety and depression. https://www.gmmh.nhs.uk/referral-services/
Samaritans – If you are struggling with your mental health and would like someone to talk to someone, 24/7 service. https://www.samaritans.org/
MHIST Bolton – Mental Health Independent Support Team offering free talking therapy, mindfulness sessions, self help groups, craft and social groups. Advocacy service to help people with mental health benefit forms, bus pass applications and help with accessing mental health services. https://mhist.co.uk/
Be Kind To My Mind – Bolton mental health support https://www.bekindtomymind.co.uk/
Kooth – Online mental health support providing 1:1 text based counselling. Age: 11-25 years old https://www.kooth.com/
Childline – A free, private and confidential service to discuss any issues a child or young person is going through. https://www.childline.org.uk/
Samaritans - – If you are struggling with your mental health and would like someone to talk to someone, 24/7 service. https://www.samaritans.org/
Nip It In the Bud – Short films and fact sheets to help parents, primary school teaching to recognise potential mental health conditions. https://nipinthebud.org/
Advice on what to do when a loved one passes away: https://www.cromptonviewsurgery.co.uk/info.aspx?p=1
Greater Manchester Bereavement Service – Help to find support for anyone in that has been bereaved or affected by a death, as well as advice for practical issues. https://greater-manchester-bereavement-service.org.uk/
BAMEStream – Free bereavement support in over 20 different languages for people from ethnic minority communities http://www.bamestream.org.uk/bereavement-support/
Fort Alice – A service for women, families, children and young people affected by Domestic Abuse and Violence: https://fortalice.org.uk/
Drugs, Alcohol and Stop Smoking
If you would like support to stop using drugs or alcohol:
Achieve - Bolton substance abuse and recovery service: https://www.gmmh.nhs.uk/achieve
If you would like some help to stop smoking:
Find your local Pharmacies offering Stop Smoking Advice: https://psnc.org.uk/bolton-lpc/pharmacy-services-2/bolton-services/bolton-council/stop-smoking-services-2/stop-smoking-service-pharmacies/