Self care is about looking after yourself in a healthy way. It can be anything from doing some exercise, managing common conditions or minor ailments like headaches, coughs & colds and hay fever or managing a long-term health problem, such as asthma or diabetes.
For useful guidance on self care please see:
Self Care with Over the Counter Products (pdf leaflet)
Looking after you and your family - an NHS video (YouTube link)
We Are Bristol volunteers can assist if you feel lonely, anxious or afraid, or need practical help getting food or essential items:
Call the FREE We Are Bristol support hotline on 0800 694 0184
Recovering from Covid-19?
See the NHS Covid Recovery website for information to support people who have had Covid-19, or their family members, through the recovery period - includes information from rehabilitation experts
Please take a look and encourage others to look here too - there is a huge pressure on GP appointments and the more we can do as individuals to manage our own health and well-being, the more appointments will be freed up to ensure patients with serious conditions can be seen promptly by a GP.
Fireclay Health Advice Leaflets
Physical Health & Wellbeing Support
Modern life makes it hard to be healthy. Making better choices today can have a huge influence on our health but it's not easy in our busy lives.
One You (a Public Health England website) can help support you to make simple changes towards a longer and happier life.
Take the One You health quiz (for over 18s) to see how you score and start the fight back to a healthier you.
Healthier Together - advice for parents, young people and pregnant women
Change4Life - fun food & activity ideas to keep kids healthy
Feel better through healthy eating & exercise
The Eatwell Guide - NHS healthy eating information for adults
Run4Life - courses in Bristol
www.lifecycleuk.org.uk - free cycle training etc
Visit www.nhs.uk/smokefree or call the Smokefree National Helpline on 0300 123 1044 (Mon-Fri 9am-8pm, Sat/Sun 11am-4pm) - advisers are used to calls from people who are about to have a cigarette and want help not lighting up.
You can also access online chat support
If you are pregnant or have a long term health condition which is made worse by smoking, there is a free Stop Smoking service in Bristol. You can self-refer by contacting Everyone Health - tel 0333 005 0095 / email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to @EHBristolSS on Facebook. All appointments currently are via telephone and free Nicotine Replacement Therapy is sent in the post.
Chronic Pain management
ESCAPE-pain (2 page pdf leaflet) - a Self-Management Course for Hip/Knee Pain available at various local venues (costs correct as of Sept19 - must be over 45 and had pain for at least 3 months)
Mental Health & Wellbeing Support
Children & Young people's Mental Health
HappyMaps - a Bristol MIND supported resource for parents & carers with local resources and support on children’s mental and emotional health
Childline - a free, private and confidential phone, email or 1-1 counsellor service, tel 0800 1111
Children & Young People's helpline via Avon and Wiltshire Partnership SPA line, tel 0300 303 1320
Kooth - an online counselling and emotional well-being platform (age 11-19)
Off The Record - face to face counselling and support organisation (age 11- 25, Bristol & S Glos)
Help Counselling - face to face counselling (age 9-25, cost applies, Bristol & Yate)
VitaMinds (replacement for Bristol Wellbeing Therapies courses)
Drugs and Alcohol Support
Alcoholics Anonymous UK - if you think you have a problem with drinking
Al-Anon UK - if your life is affected by someone else's drinking
ROADS (Bristol Recovery Orientated Alcohol and Drugs Service) - a Bristol-wide service to support anyone directly or indirectly affected by the problems associated with drug and alcohol misuse
Domestic and Sexual Abuse - Support for Victims and Perpetrators
This is an IRIS practice - staff are trained about domestic abuse and specialist workers are available to support you. You can talk to doctors, nurses and other staff working here if you are being hurt or controlled by your current or ex-partner, are afraid of someone at home or a member of your family. You can also contact Next Link and ask to speak to the ‘IRIS Advocate Educator’ worker.
Next Link - domestic abuse support, including safe houses for women
Safe Link - sexual abuse support (for women, men or children)
The Bridge - help after rape and sexual assault. 24 hour help line, including self-referral for Forensic Medical Examination
Respect - a confidential and anonymous telephone and email service for anyone concerned about their violence and/or abuse towards a partner or ex-partner
Men's Advice Line - advice and support for men experiencing domestic violence and abuse
Local Organisations & Initiatives
Wellaware - a resource site for local activities Tel. 0808 808 5252 (Freephone 9.30am - 4.30 pm, Mon-Fri)
A free telephone and online information database for everyone in Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset and Bath & North East Somerset, with information on around 5,000 health, wellbeing and community groups, organisations, activities and services, including personal health services, lunch clubs, social groups to help around the house, help with transport, advice, counselling or any other form of support, information for carers, support for particular disabilities, culturally specific services and more.