Issue 97 – Southern Area FYI – 2 February 2023

Welcome to Issue 96 of our information bulletin, ‘FYI’ (For Your Information)

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This year’s Children’s Mental Health Week runs from 6th-12th February, with the theme being “Let’s Connect”. It made sense, therefore, for us to produce this special edition of ‘FYI’ into one raising awareness of support, services, resources and opportunities around the theme of mental health and emotional wellbeing. This, of course, is not the exhaustive list of support available, but we are very thankful to our colleagues who have submitted a plethora of information to share across our 900 contacts who receive ‘FYI’.

Tuesday 7th February is also Safer Internet Day so we have included a great resource which we produced on Page 35 to signpost to key links to ensure you can keep children safer in a digital world.

We hope you get something from this edition to use or to share with families and colleagues. Your feedback is always welcome!

Joanne Patterson & Darren Curtis, Locality Development Team, Southern Area


Down and Ards & North Down LPG Fortnightly News – Issue 62

Welcome to the 62nd edition of the fortnightly newsletter for Locality Planning Groups in Ards, North Down & Down.

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In this third edition of 2023, on the run up to Children’s Mental Health Week 6-12th Feb, we would like to share information on services promoting emotional, social  and financial support for struggling families. Please share with your contacts.

If you wish to advertise any upcoming programmes or activities please see the guidance on the back page.


SHSCT Children’s Speach & Language Therapy Team Play & Say Programme

The Play and Say programme from the Southern Health & Social Care Trust’s Children’s Speech and Language Therapy Team is for children aged 3 years and younger and their parents/carers.

It provides tried and tested strategies to support young children’s speech and language development through play.

The programme is delivered by Registered Speech and Language Therapists and has been highly successful in encouraging young children’s communication development.

Discover how you can help your young child progress with their early speech development and listen to the Registered Speech and Language Therapists as they guide you through a series of proven language development strategies –

Download Play and Say flyer

NEW SHSCT Speech & Language Therapy Advice Line

The Southern Health and Social Care Trust’s Children’s Speech and Language Therapy Team are delighted to announce the launch of the telephone Advice Line as a means of support of parents of children resident in the SHSCT.

The Advice Line will be available each Monday starting February 6th from 10am-12 noon.

Parents/ carers will now have direct access to a Registered Speech and Language Therapist, via a dedicated phone line.

NB -This service is for children who are not already known to the Speech and Language Therapy service. 

Public Health Dietitians YouTube Channel


Public Health Dietitians YouTube channel is now live

Subscribe to “Public Health Dietitians” on YouTube at


 Press Release

A new YouTube channel is set to bring the healthy eating and nutrition expertise of dietitians to the palms of the hands of people in Northern Ireland.

The ‘Public Health Dietitians’ channel is a partnership between the Public Health Dietitians Group (PHDG) Northern Ireland and the Public Health Agency (PHA) which is going live this Dietitians Week (June 20- 24).

The online outlet will host videos of all things nutrition, from healthy recipes to webinars with advice on nutrition for all stages of life. Dr Hannah Dearie, Senior Officer for Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement with PHA said:

“We are absolutely delighted to work with the PHDG across Northern Ireland on this new informative and easily accessible channel.

“The PHDG works to equip people to make better food and nutrition choices to improve their health. They support every life stage from babies to older people and everything in between; whether it’s providing top tips for introducing solids to your baby or offering more insight into how food can affect our mood and health.

“On the new channel you will be able to access free healthy recipe videos and nutrition webinars from Registered Nutritionists and Dietitians on topics from dealing with fussy eating, to weight management and eating well on a budget, to menopause and eating well as you age.”

Jill Stewart, Public Health Dietitian with the Northern Trust who is a member of the PHDG said that the innovative group have used social media and live nutrition webinars throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to reach the public in new ways.

A survey carried out by the group in September 2021 asked the public what nutrition topics interested them and webinars were subsequently developed on the most popular themes.

“We are really proud and excited to launch the Public Health Dietitians YouTube channel – we have worked hard to provide a top quality, reliable and accessible service, and we hope that the public will find it useful,” said Jill.

“There is so much information about nutrition available in the media and online – unfortunately a lot of it is not evidence based.

“Dietitians are qualified and regulated health professionals who use the most up-to-date public health and scientific research on food, health and disease to promote health and prevent nutrition-related diseases. The PHDG are passionate about providing the public with nutrition information they can trust.”

The new YouTube channel is free and available to access at any time. Subscribe to “Public Health Dietitians” on YouTube at

PHDG are a group of Registered Dietitians, Nutritionists and support staff who work across Health and Social Care (HSC) Trusts in Northern Ireland and are commissioned by the PHA.