News and views


Welcome to the News and Views hub. Here you will find the latest news from across Southern Health, links to our social media and blogs from our staff on key health related topics. 

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Mental health reporting
Journalists looking for information on the most appropriate ways of reporting emotional crises or mental health issues - including suicide - may like to refer to the guidelines by the Samaritans which are supported by most media organisations and professional bodies.

Practical tips to look after your Mental Wellbeing this Winter

The winter months can be a challenging time for many of us and our mental health. Shorter days resulting in less light, cold and sometimes extreme weather can influence our mood and make it difficult to go about our daily lives.

Dr Steve Tomkins, Chief Medical Officer for Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, shares a few practical tips that you can do to help support your mental wellbeing.

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Celebrating AHPs- our unique workforce

What happens in the NHS if you aren’t a doctor, nurse, or part of corporate services? Well, you are more than likely part of the third largest workforce in the NHS, an Allied Health Professional. Allied Health Professionals or AHPs, are ‘professionally autonomous professionals’* who provide care to assess, treat, diagnose, and discharge patients across social care, housing, education and independent and voluntary sectors. Ever wondered who teaches you how to walk after an accident, or who trains you to talk after a stroke? — It’s these guys!

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italk receives funding boost for employment advisors

italk receives £300k employment boost for people receiving mental health support in Hampshire

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Black History Month

October is national Black History Month, each year the Trust uses this month to celebrate achievements from people with ethnic minority backgrounds and importantly help raise awareness of inequalities some communities may face. This year we have chosen to focus on the theme of Health and Wellness.

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NHS Admin Coordinator puts role ‘on ice’ to represent team GB

HS Admin Coordinator for Winchester and Rural Health Visiting team represented Great Britain (GB) in the World Para Ice Hockey Women’s World Challenge.

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UK’s First Exemplary Quality Mark awarded to Southampton City Council’s Individual Placement and Support Service

The Southampton Individual Placement and Support Service (IPS) has become the first IPS team in the country to be awarded an “Exemplary” IPS quality mark, following an external review.

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‘Better together’ - residents invited to join local NHS Trust at annual meeting

Residents across Hampshire are invited to join Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, at its Annual Members Meeting on Tuesday 20 September 6pm – 8pm.

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Suicide Prevention: Do you know where to go for help?

This year World Suicide Prevention Day is on Saturday 10 September and we will be sharing videos of people with lived experience and publicising our life cards throughout the week beginning 5 September. One of our key aims focuses on sharing vital information regarding suicide prevention so people know what to do if they, or someone they know, is feeling suicidal.

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Hugh Bonneville celebrates Petersfield’s Urgent Treatment Centre one-year anniversary and official opening with staff

​​​​​​​The service originally opened in 2021 but staff were unable to host an official opening due to the COVID-19 pandemic and so the celebrations also marked the official opening of the UTC.

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Southern Health’s Multi-Agency Stalking Project shortlisted for national award

Southern Health’s Multi-Agency Stalking Project shortlisted for national award

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