We will be targeting all social groups, from birth to the elderly. I plan to work with Midwifes, Health Visitors and offer awareness sessions, in educational settings. I will use this space to promote the importance of protecting children’s skin. This is especially prevalent as there is no known cure for Malignant Melanoma and no All Clear. It is important to target children at the very youngest, with a view to making the application of sunscreen a part of their daily routine. Sunscreen, especially in the summer months should be applied every two hours for ultimate protection, however many teachers are unable to reapply. If a child does not know the correct application, they are unable to fully protect themselves. Our service will offer guidance with educating the children to be able to protect their own skin. We will also be offering counselling, support and holistic therapies to anyone who has been effected by a Malignant Melanoma diagnosis.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Because prevention is better than cure, we will be targeting a wide audience the dangers of sunbed use and sunbathing. This will deter young people from putting themselves at risk. we will be saving lives and developing a dialogue about Malignant Melanoma in our communities which is not happening now. We will be improving mental health, strengthening family units, developing support networks and reducing loneliness and isolation.
Steps to get it done:
Having this service will significantly cut NHS costs, reducing the need for GP and Dermatology appointments to discuss mental health issues surrounding their/loved ones diagnosis. It will also reduce the need for psychotropic drugs as talking therapy is widely known for promoting positive mental wellbeing. The awareness sessions will significantly cut out the need for treatment and deaths due to sun bed use and unprotected tanning.
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