Are you ready for STOPTOBER?


Stoptober is a 28 day long event run each October during which participants are encouraged to stop smoking. Public Health England created the annual campaign and continues to fund it.

The first Stoptober campaign launched in 2012 and was an outstanding success with the power of social media very much being involved in the popularity for the event. There has been a massive amount of buzz for the Stoptober events with celebs joining in and the nation standing together to encourage each other to quit smoking and enjoy the benefits of doing so.

Why Does it Work?

The idea behind the event is based on evidence that shows that after twenty eight days without a cigarette smokers are as much as five times more likely to give up smoking for good.

It is widely recognised that giving up tobacco smoking is an extremely difficult task for some however with the wealth of support available through the scheme itself, friends and family, the NHS and other participants, as well as resources, an app, social media channels and more it is clear to see why Stoptober is successful.


Smoking tobacco cigarettes is harmful to your health and the health around you, not to mention the environment and your bank balance. None of these are facts that are disputed however many do still find themselves smoking regardless as they haven’t been motivated enough or felt that they had the right level of will-power to quit.

Stoptober offers a wealth of support to help you achieve your goal of giving up your tobacco habit and enjoy the many health, wellbeing and financial benefits of quitting smoking.


Vintage Summer Books available for loan!

It may be a bit of a dreary Summer so far but NHS East Dorset Library & Knowledge Service have some lovely books to take you away from the wind and the rain.


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National Bed Month (website of the month)

The month of March is “National Bed Month.”

Sleep is something many of us take for granted, with life distractions such as young children, long shifts, studying or insomnia, we often do not get the recommended daily amount of sleep time.


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How are you feeling today?

Cake smileysEmotional wellbeing toolkit launched by NHS Employers

Use it yourself or for your staff to look at feelings of well-being, open conversations and help gain a better understanding of your own and your staff’s mental health.

Ruth Warden, assistant director of development and employment at NHS Employers, said: “Working in the NHS often presents difficult emotive situations, which come with highs and lows as staff are constantly putting the needs of other before themselves.

“We all have emotional wellbeing just as we all have physical wellbeing and some days we will feel worse than others, either from an emotional or physical wellbeing perspective. This tool helps us to identify how we are feeling and think about the impact that might have on our ability to deliver high quality patient care. Importantly it then helps us think about what we might do to change how we’re feeling. When we are in a positive emotional state we find it easier to be energised and motivated at work and are able to adjust to and deal with setbacks or pressure. It is about having more good days than bad, but also being able to recover from the bad days when they happen.”

Find out more about the toolkit and start using it now