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The week at PHE: online highlights, week beginning 21 September

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We’re pleased to bring you our round-up highlighting some of PHE’s online activity from the past week. Here’s your chance to catch up on what you might have missed including:


New alcohol treatment/prevention resources
This week we published an updated alcohol, drugs and tobacco joint strategic needs assessment support pack. The pack – updated annually and in its fourth year – helps local areas to develop JSNAs and local joint health and wellbeing strategies. We also published a blog explaining in detail why the packs are needed.

Keep an eye on  @VivJBennett’s Twitter feed and blog this coming week, for information about #BestStart0to19, a week of action on the health and wellbeing of children and young people.

Relationships, consent and university
Research by the NUS has found that 37% of female students have experienced unwelcome sexual advances and 7% have experienced a serious sexual assault. With thousands of young people heading off to university, PHE’s @DRJV75 blogged about bystander intervention programmes which can help students work together to prevent sexual harassment, sexual coercion, rape and domestic abuse.

Oral health survey of children in special schools
Children in special support schools have slightly lower levels of tooth decay than children in mainstream schools but are more likely to have their teeth extracted, according to a new PHE survey published this week.

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Help for people bereaved by suicide
There are 6,200 suicides in the UK each year, and each one has a profound effect on a community, making effective support for those bereaved by suicide absolutely crucial. Help is at Hand is a new resource developed by Public Health England and the National Suicide Prevention Alliance, alongside people bereaved by suicide, to provide emotional and practical support to those in need.

It’s under a week until Stoptober 2015 kicks off and on Thursday @ProfKevinFenton wrote a Huffington Post blog to explain the support on offer for those who sign up.

Our health in a changing climate
This week we published the second in a series of blogs about the health impacts of climate change. Take a look at “The future is bright if the future is sustainable.”

Improving palliative care data collection and end of life care co-ordination
On Friday we published an update on progress towards a new national palliative care data collection and improvements in end of life care co-ordination.

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