October Health BOCS Update 2021

Welcome to the Health BOCS update, the monthly update on Health and Wellbeing activities at The Brothers of Charity Services in England.

Click here to view the BOCS Health and Wellbeing Calendar for 2021/2022.

October Promotion

As part of the Health BOCS, the Brothers of Charity Services’ health and wellbeing programme, throughout October we promoted Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Mental Health Awareness Day and Winter Flu Jab Promotion.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Support is a breast cancer charity providing care and helping breast cancer patients worldwide who cannot afford medication or treatment.

Breast Cancer Support believe that where people live with breast cancer, be it a women or a man, shouldn’t determine if they live. So they are aiming to fight breast cancer in countries across the globe to reduce breast cancer mortality worldwide.  Supported by doctors, dentists and other medical professionals, BCS aims to alleviate pain and discomfort around the world through making medicine, medical expertise and medical equipment readily available to those living in poverty stricken countries and communities.

It is not only women who can be diagnosed with breast cancer and it is often forgotten that men can also suffer from the disease. At Breast Cancer Support, our mission is straight forward: to save lives and end breast cancer forever in women and men. We do this through education, treatment, emotional assistance and financial support.

Click here to read more.

Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health problems can affect anyone, any day of the year, but October is a great month to show your support for better mental health and start looking after your own wellbeing.

World Mental Health Day 2020 is the most important one yet. The months of lockdown and loss have had a huge impact on us all, and prioritising mental health has never been more important than it is now.

That’s why this year Mind, an amazing Mental Health charity, want to bring everyone together to mark the day by each doing one thing for better mental health.

Making positive change can seem so hard, especially during uncertain times. And sometimes, it can be hard to know where to start. Take the opportunity this World Mental Health Day to find out more about how you can start with one thing.

Our mental health is just like our physical health: everybody has it and we need to take care of it.

Mental health problems affect around one in four people in any given year. They range from common problems, such as depression and anxiety, to rarer problems such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Winter Flu Jab Promotion

There are two ways of making sure we prevent the spreading of Flu.

-Hygiene- Hand Washing, Cleaning, etc.

  • -Flu Vaccination

Good Hygiene

Preventing the spread of germs is the most effective way to slow the spread of the flu. Always:

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water
  • Clean surfaces and door handles regularly to get rid of germs
  • Use tissues to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
  • Put used tissues in a bin as soon as possible and wash your hands.

The Flu Vaccine

If you wish to be vaccinated you should make an appointment with your GP Surgery or go to your local Drop- in Centre or Pharmacy. General information about seasonal flu and flu vaccination is available from NHS Choices at https://www.nhs.uk/livewell/winterhealth/pages/fluandthefluvaccine.aspx.

The flu vaccine is usually free to high-risk people, to protect them from flu. If the vaccine is not free to you then you will have to pay the prescription cost of £8.60.

Click here for more information.



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