What are your plans for October? You could take part in #SoberOctober by going alcohol-free in October in order to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support, or #Stoptober and quit smoking.

Keeping Well BLMK can provide support for anyone who is struggling with substance misuse, including alcohol and tobacco. All support is confidential and evidence-based, and includes providing harm minimisation approaches, motivational interviewing, relapse prevention and health education.

We are also able to support any supervisors or managers who are concerned about an employee who may be struggling with substance misuse, to ensure they receive the right support as soon as possible.


Go Sober for October

Our Substance Misuse Practitioner Stefani held a webinar about alcohol and its affects on wellbeing. Watch below (10 minutes)

There are many benefits to your health if you cut out alcohol completely, says DrinkAware:

Short term benefits

Long term benefits

A clearer mind

Reduce your risk of cancer

Improved energy levels and better sleep

Reduce risk of alcohol-related diseases (liver, heart)

Weight loss



If you are concerned that you or someone you care about has a problem with alcohol or substance misuse there is a lot of help available. Remember, the first step to recovery is to acknowledge that there is a problem and seeking support.

NHS alcohol support

Tips on cutting down

Caring for someone with alcohol or substance misuse issues



Stop smoking this Stoptober and start doing so much more. Giving up smoking is one of the best things you'll ever do for your health. There are lots of other benefits too, and they start almost immediately.

Stopping smoking not only improves your physical health but also is proven to boost your mental health and wellbeing. Quitting can improve mood, and help relieve stress, anxiety and depression.

It's never too late to quit, so join the thousands of people stopping smoking this October.


Download the free NHS Quit Smoking App.

Stoptober is a 28-day stop smoking challenge. The app allows you to:

  • Track your progress
  • See how much you're saving
  • Get daily support

Did you know? If you can make it to 28 days smoke-free, you're 5 times more likely to quit for good.

10 self-help tips to stop smoking

Find stop smoking services near you


Further advice and information

Arming yourself with strategies and tips can help you or a loved one take small steps towards big results. Visit our self-help resources page for useful links and phone numbers to get help and support.

Contact us:

Live chat or call 01908 724227 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm)

Email keepingwell.blmk@nhs.net

Complete a self-referral form or request a call back


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