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Don’t let kids replace the smokers who die

New figures released for World No Tobacco Day (May 31) by Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) and Cancer Research UK, show 5,696 children under the age of 18 in Greater Manchester start smoking every year – and two thirds of those will get addicted, going on to become daily smokers.
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Children and young people’s mental health service access and waiting times September to December 2019

The latest report is for the period September to December 2019 and includes a breakdown of the figures by local area.
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Healthy boost for low income families during pandemic

A quicker, simpler application process for Healthy Start food vouchers has been welcomed by Greater Manchester health leaders amid concerns around food poverty during the coronavirus pandemic.


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“I have got my confidence back, so am now going out and socialising with friends” – How social prescribing made a difference for Akeela

When back pain forced Akeela Shaikh from Bolton to leave her job as a healthcare assistant she also struggled to look after her ill relatives. She was helped through depression with a social prescription for volunteering.
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“I’m in a better place and feeling positive about the future” – Patrick shares his experience of social prescribing

Patrick Connell, 75, from Stockport, a husband and dad to two grown up children, is recently retired. He talks about how losing his job, his purpose in life, led to a breakdown and how a social prescription has given him a reason to get out of bed in the morning.
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“I feel connected to others and part of the community” – how social prescribing turned Brenda’s life around

Brenda lives in Glossop and is in her 70s. She was given a social prescription by a practice nurse after struggling with a number of physical and wellbeing issues following the death of her husband.