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Long term health conditions


Find local support services and trusted sources of advice to help with a range of long term health conditions.

You'll also find great tips to stop smoking and keep active at Health in Herts.

Your local library also has information to help you manage your condition.

Ageing

People around 70, and sometimes younger, begin a ‘slowing down’ process related to the effects of ageing on their body.

Asthma

  • Asthma UK – downloadable and free to order resources, plus a patient helpline.
  • Advice on living with asthma (NHS Choices).
  • Info on local services near you, including Breathe Easy groups (British Lung Foundation).
  • Asthma Tracker - there are many asthma tracker apps available on the internet which can be a useful way to record your peak flow readings and track your progress.

COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)

  • Introduction to COPD (NHS Choices) – info on clinical trials, causes and treatments. Also, local services near you, including stop smoking clinics, carers groups and weight loss services.
  • British Lung Foundation (COPD) – great information on causes, diagnosis, treatment and how to manage your COPD. Telephone and email support services are also available.

Dementia (memory loss and difficulties with language or problem-solving)

  • Age UK (Hertfordshire) – help with claiming benefits, Lasting Power of Attorney, equipment, local social activities and recommended handyperson and home help services.
  • Alzheimer's Society – info about the types of dementia, their symptoms and how it's diagnosed. Plus a dementia helpline and online community.
  • Advice for carers on how to help someone live well with dementia (NHS Choices).

Depression and anxiety

  • Kooth - Online mental health support and counselling for young people
  • Big White Wall - Online community where people can share their problems annonymously and have an online chat with a trained counsellor and have access to other services. There is a limited number of paid for places for Hertfordshire residents.
  • Herts Mind Network - The largest charitable provider of mental health services in Hertfordshire, providing courses in managing depression, anger and anxiety, counselling services, support for carers and much more.
  • Mind in Mid Herts - Wellbeing centres in St Albans, Stevenage, Hertford, Welwyn Garden City offering counselling and a wide range of activities and courses.
  • Cruse Bereavement Support - Cruse provide individualised support to bereaved people of all ages on the telephone, in their own homes or within the local community.
  • Mental Health Complex Needs Service - Support for people recovering from mental health issues and additional complex needs, including substance misuse and learning disabilities.
  • HPFT Wellbeing Service - part of Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust. Offering free, confidential talking therapy and practical support for people experiencing a wide range of very common emotional difficulties such as, anxiety, worry, low mood, depression and stress. The service can also help those experiencing anxiety or low mood during or after pregnancy.
  • More about depression and anxiety (NHS Choices).

Diabetes

Heart disease

Stroke

Self-management courses

New Leaf College (Hertfordshire’s wellbeing college) provides a range of free courses to help you to take better control of your health and happiness.

Browse the wellbeing courses

 

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