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Waiting Well: Wellbeing and Health Support

The pandemic has meant that many operations and procedures have been postponed. Some people are waiting longer for surgery and other treatments.

There are things you can do to help manage your physical and mental wellbeing while you’re waiting. Even small changes can make a big difference.

Local health and wellbeing support

Support to stop smoking

Support in Birmingham

Quit with Bella app

Stopping smoking has multiple benefits – food tastes better, sense of smell returns to normal, teeth and nails stop yellowing, money is saved and health benefits for increasing life expectancy by up to 10 years! ‘Quit with Bella’ is an app in Birmingham which anyone preferring to self-manage their quit attempt or seek additional support on their quit journey can download.

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Help from GPs and Pharmacies

There are over 300 GPs and pharmacies delivering stop smoking services in Birmingham. For those who would like one-one support there are multiple smoking cessation advisors around the city.

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Support in Solihull

Stop smoking service

Did you know you’re three times more likely to quit with the help of a stop smoking service? The Solihull Stop Smoking service is free and easy to access if you live in Solihull, or have a Solihull GP.

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Support to live well

Support in Birmingham

The Active Wellbeing Society: Listen and Connect Service

Listen and Connect is a listening service with a difference! Listen and Connect provides a telephone support service that offers a safe space for people to feel heard and to talk about what is important to them. 

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Birmingham Connect to Support

An online information and advice guide, community directory and marketplace for citizens of Birmingham.

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Support in Solihull

Solihull Support Services

Solihull has a wide range of services available to support you if you are concerned about your health and wellbeing.

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Support to move more

Support in Birmingham

Sport Birmingham

Sport Birmingham passionately believe that people should get and stay active. There’s much to do, whether it’s walking, running, cycling or working out at home. Sport Birmingham make it easy to get moving with information and free online tools. Join the movement in Birmingham! 

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The Active Wellbeing Society in Birmingham and Solihull

The Active Wellbeing Society is a community benefit society working to build healthy, happy, connected communities. They deliver a wide range of free activities and services aimed at improving wellbeing.

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Support in Solihull

Solihull Active

Solihull has a wide range of services available to support you if you are concerned about your health and wellbeing.

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Support to mange your weight

Support in Birmingham

ShapeUp4Life

The ShapeUp4Life app has been designed to help you improve your health and wellbeing by helping you lose 5% of your body weight in 12 weeks and making positive lifestyle changes in the process. The app will support you through weekly videos to address your cravings, eat healthy snacks and understand food labels better, all helping you to lose weight while improving your sleep quality, confidence and reducing your risk of heart disease and Diabetes.

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Support in Solihull

Solihull Weight Management Services

Free weight management services are available through the Solihull Lifestyle Service. You can refer yourself to the service by completing a referral form or calling 0800 599 9880 (free). You can also ask your GP to refer you. The service offers a range of options to support your weight Management.

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Support for mental health

Support in Birmingham and Solihull

Birmingham Healthy Minds

Birmingham Healthy Minds is an NHS primary care psychological therapies service for people with depression and anxiety symptoms. They can offer you a variety of treatments depending on your needs, for example cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness and interpersonal therapy.

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Urgent Mental Health Support

If urgent mental health help is needed you can ring 0121 262 3555 or 0800 915 9292 for advice and support.

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Bereavement Support

The death of someone close can be one of the hardest things we have to deal with. There is no normal or ‘right’ way to grieve. To access support and advice, contact Cruse

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Support for better health

Support in Birmingham and Solihull

Improving your sleep when you have arthritis

Getting the right amount of good quality sleep has many benefits for our physical and mental health. Evidence suggests it’s just as important as having a healthy diet and doing regular exercise. Good sleep can:

  • help your concentration levels
  • help you manage pain better
  • allow your body to repair damaged tissue
  • improve your immune system
  • help your mental wellbeing
  • help you stay at a healthy weight

Getting enough good quality sleep can play a big role in helping you manage a long-term health condition like arthritis.

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Trouble Sleeping

If you’re having sleep problems, there are simple steps you can take to ease those restless nights. Find out how to get to sleep and how to sleep better.

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Health and Wellbeing Guide

Your health and wellbeing is important and we all need a bit of support sometimes. This short guide will provide you with some useful resources around some of the important areas connected to health and wellbeing.

My Planned Care

My Planned Care gives you advice and support while you wait and helps you to prepare for your hospital consultation, treatment, or surgery. This includes giving you information about waiting times at your hospital and other supporting and local services while you wait.

Route 2 Wellbeing

Welcome to Route2Wellbeing is the definitive guide to local voluntary and community health and care services in Birmingham. Route2wellbeing makes it easy to find local services and activities that promote good health and wellbeing.