• Information sessions on suicide prevention for churches Information sessions on suicide prevention for churches

    Churches across Northern Ireland are being invited to take part in information sessions hosted by suicide prevention group Flourish! in the coming months.
    Flourish! is a partnership between Lighthouse  and clergy from across the Christian churches in Northern Ireland. The initiative has the support of the leaders of the four larger churches in Ireland and has been developed in partnership with and supported by the Public Health Agency (PHA).

  • Stay well this winter by washing your hands Stay well this winter by washing your hands

    On Global Handwashing Day on 15 October, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is reminding people to stay well by maintaining good hand hygiene. This will help to reduce the risk of picking up or spreading winter viruses such as influenza and norovirus.

  • New Mental health campaign: a few words can be life-changing - O’Neill New Mental health campaign: a few words can be life-changing - O’Neill

    Asking, listening and talking to someone with a mental health problem can be the start of their road to recovery.

    That was the message from Health Minister, Michelle O’Neill, as she launched a new media campaign to encourage the public to offer support to those who may be struggling with their mental health. 

    Launched today on World Mental Health Day, the campaign ‘Helping Others’ will use TV, radio, digital and outdoor advertising and focuses on how people can support family or friends to deal with a mental health problem.

  •  Call for greater understanding of ‘holistic’ nature of Palliative Care Call for greater understanding of ‘holistic’ nature of Palliative Care

    Greater public understanding of how palliative care addresses all needs of the person – physical, social, emotional and spiritual – has been called for, as Palliative Care Week begins today.

    A survey of public understanding of palliative care in Northern Ireland found that the majority of people (52%) identified ‘pain management’ as the most important part of a good experience of palliative care.

    The survey also found that 34% of people were not aware that palliative care may be suitable for a number of years and 20% were not aware that the approach supports family, friends and carers during an illness and afterwards. 

  • Stop smoking in Stoptober!Stop smoking in Stoptober!

    October is Stoptober, so the Public Health Agency (PHA) is urging all smokers in Northern Ireland to use this as an opportunity to quit for good.

    Smoking is the single greatest cause of preventable illness, premature death and health inequality throughout Northern Ireland and sadly one in every two smokers will die of a tobacco-related disease.

    David Tumilty, Senior Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement Officer at the PHA, said:  “Stopping smoking is the single most important thing you can do for your health. Stoptober provides a perfect opportunity to give up your habit and enjoy both the health and financial benefits that stopping will bring.”

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Summary CDI and MRSA incidence tables, 1st April 2006 to present

Friday, 21 October 2016 - Publication

Summary Tables for Clostridium difficile and MRSA (Meticillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus) cases 2006/07 to present

Stay Well This Winter posters

Friday, 21 October 2016 - Publication

Produced as part of the ‘Stay Well This Winter’ campaign, these posters encourage all eligible people to get the free seasonal flu vaccine.

Those eligible for the free vaccine include pregnant women, children between 2 years old and Year 7...

HSC R&D helps fund new Clinical Doctoral Training Programme

Thursday, 20 October 2016 - News

The PHA’s HSC R&D Division is helping to fund a new Clinical Doctoral Training Programme in Precision Cancer Medicine delivered by Queen’s University Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology (CCRCB) along with the world renowned Princess Ma...

Influenza Weekly Surveillance Bulletin, Northern Ireland, 2016/17

Thursday, 20 October 2016 - Publication

The Influenza Weekly Surveillance Bulletin is produced by the PHA and covers statistics for Northern Ireland. The bulletin is produced during the flu season.