First Steps Womens Centre Dungannon

First Steps Womens Centre Dungannon

Wellbeing Programmes

HolisticsThe overall aim of our Wellbeing work is to improve the physical and mental health of women and provide opportunities which will enable them to achieve their full potential.

First Steps Women's Centre (FSWC) has a holistic approach to women’s education and personal development. We strive to anticipate the barriers women may face when they return to education and help them overcome these, for example, providing Childcare and Transport.

The role of the Wellbeing Co-ordinator was created as there was recognition within FSWC that women needed support and education in relation to their health and wellbeing.

Women can face many changes and demands on their health throughout the course of their lives, such as motherhood, menopause, bereavement, divorce, changes in financial circumstances, caring for a family member etc. A number of women who attended our courses were living with long term medical conditions  or mental ill health (some just newly diagnosed). The relaxed comfortable and supportive environment here enables women to confide in Staff about issues which have impacted on their lives. This can include the loss of confidence and self esteem. There were also a number of women who visited FSWC who didn’t feel quite ready to undertake a qualification but wanted to enroll in a short course. Many of these women now start with a Health Promotion course to build up their confidence and then progress on to an accredited course.

It is important to note that many women undertake these courses for enjoyment and the opportunity to get out and meet other women and socialise.

FSWC new Wellbeing Co-ordinator Amanda Boyd has held this post since August 2015. Amanda is qualified in Reiki / Seichim, The Art of Feminine Presence courses / workshops, Coaching and Yoga / Relaxation.

Amanda says "For my personal interest and so I can bring the very best to our participants, I continue to be a student of leadership and personal and spiritual growth learning the most up to date techniques, strategies and systems that simply work. As I apply these strategies and tools , I am passionate about sharing them with others so they too can overcome the same challenges and fears I have experienced and help make a bigger impact in their lives"

Amanda's work is funded through ESF/DFE and The Arts Council.

New European code prescribes 12 ways to prevent cancer

Avoiding tobacco, alcohol and excessive sun exposure; maintaining a healthy body weight; and being physically active are among 12 ways to prevent cancer prescribed by the new European Code Against Cancer. The Code also recommends participation in organized screening programmes for bowel, breast and cervical cancer.

WHO’s specialized cancer agency, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), developed the Code to improve cancer control. Revised with the best available scientific evidence, the 4th edition of the Code lists 12 ways to adopt healthier lifestyles and boost cancer prevention across Europe. It is the outcome of a two-year collaboration between cancer specialists, scientists and other experts.

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Hypothyroidism - Underactive Thyroid

Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid gland) is the term used to describe a condition in which there is a reduced level of thyroid hormone (thyroxine) in the body. This can cause various symptoms, the most common being: tiredness, weight gain, constipation, aches, dry skin, lifeless hair and feeling cold. Treatment is usually easy by taking a tablet each day to replace the missing thyroxine. Treatment usually works well and symptoms usually go.

Cross-section diagram of the neck showing the thyroid gland

Endometriosis

Endometriosis can cause painful periods, persistent pain in the pelvic area, infertility, and other symptoms. The symptoms can range from mild to severe. Treatment options include painkillers, hormone treatments, and surgery.


What is endometriosis?

The endometrium is the tissue that lines the inside of the womb (uterus).

Endometriosis is a condition where endometrial tissue is found outside the uterus. It is 'trapped' in the pelvic area and lower tummy (abdomen) and, rarely, in other areas in the body.

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Organ Donation

The topic of organ donation is frequently discussed and debated.  Organ donation traditionally refers to the removal of organs after death to be given to someone who is ill and awaiting a transplant. Increasingly there is a move to organ donation where people donate organs while still alive. This usually but not exclusively happens within a family circle. This is referred to as Live Organ Donation.

The current system for organ donation in Northern Ireland is an opt- in system which means that people who chose to donate their organs have to sign the organ donation register. The percentage of the population in Northern Ireland who have signed up to the organ donation register is lower than in other parts of the United Kingdom, currently standing at around 30%.  In UK surveys about 90% of people when asked would be willing to donate their organs after their death.

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Blood Pressure - know your numbers

Every medical soap opera seems to include at least one blood pressure check. But what exactly is blood pressure, and why do we worry so much about it?  

Blood pressure – what is it?  
When you have your blood pressure checked, you will be given two figures, the higher ‘over’ the lower (140 over 80, for instance). Your heart pumps blood around your body day and night, supplying it with the oxygen it needs to work. Your arteries carry blood away from the heart and your veins carry it back. The higher figure is the pressure inside your arteries - measured in millimetres of mercury (mm Hg) - while your heart is pumping, and the lower figure is the pressure when your heart is resting between beats.

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Mental Health App available to download for FREE!

We would like to share the new MindMateNI App – a very useful resource to have. 

Mind Mate App

It offers location based information and contact to mental health resources and organisations in a very straight forward and fast way.


This free mental health app is NOW AVAILABLE to download in the following stores:  

 

ANDROID:   https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mindmateni.app#t=W251bGwsMSwxLDIxMiwiY29tLm1pbmRtYXRlbmkuYXBwIl0  

iOS:   https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/mindmateni/id590769252?mt=8  

BLACKBERRY:   http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/20353612/  “MindMateNI”<http://www.totalmobile.co/news/view/ni-mental-health-app-to-be-launched> was developed by Youth Workers and local software company TotalMobile Ltd. The location-based app shows users where mental health services can be accessed in the surrounding area.

Tackling Obesity

A major new public information campaign to tackle overweight and obesity has been launched today by the Public Health Agency (PHA).

The campaign is taking two main approaches: firstly, helping people to identify whether they are inching towards bad health by being overweight or obese, and secondly, offering advice on small steps that they can take to help reduce their waist size.

A website – www.choosetolivebetter.com – has also been developed to support the campaign by providing helpful tips and practical advice on how people can measure their waist and reduce their weight.

Dr Carolyn Harper, Director of Public Health, PHA explained: “More than one in two adults in Northern Ireland are now overweight or obese, but many people don’t even realise that they fall into this category and are putting their health at risk. Being overweight or obese increases the risk of developing heart disease, some cancers and type 2 diabetes. “We want people to think about whether they are inching towards poor health and to take positive action to address it if they are.

 “This campaign aims to help people recognise when they are overweight or obese, explain the health effects, and encourage those who need to, to make small, realistic lifestyle changes that will help them maintain a healthy weight.

“Small changes are easier to make and can add up to make a big difference. For example, having smaller portions, swapping to healthier options, saying ‘no thanks’ to seconds or the children’s leftovers, and going for a walk instead of watching TV.

Every small step will help people keep a healthy weight and improve their health.

FSWC are running a series of information sessions about all aspects of health and wellbeing and how to care for your health.

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