Cost of Living
Healthwatch Birmingham and Healthwatch Solihull investigated if the cost-of-living crisis was having a negative effect on physical and mental health, and whether some local residents were more negatively impacted than others. You can view the report here
Public Health have a list of resources to help people prepare for winter – Six things they recommend you do:
- Make sure you get your flu vaccination.
- Come forward for your COVID-19 booster when offered.
- Keep your home at 18°C (65°F) or higher if you can.
- Take advantage of financial schemes and discounts to help you pay for heating.
- Contact NHS 111 online or by phone if you are worried about any symptoms.
- Look out for other people who may need a bit of extra help over the winter.
You can also access local support with Mental Health Matters – you can find information for their drop ins here Solihull Mental Health Drop in Service
The Mental Health and Money Advice website: https://www.mentalhealthandmoneyadvice.org/ has information on welfare benefits, managing money and mental health care. Unfortunately they are not contactable by phone but if you, or a family member can get access to their website, it has many helpful tips and tools.
You can also get support from Samaritans by calling them for free on 116 123
The NHS website lets you check if you are eligible for support with healthcare costs. It also has information on the Healthcare Travel Costs (HTCS) support scheme and who can get free prescriptions.
Where to look for support – below are some useful links where you can find more information and support.