Self Care

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

Self care advice is also available at any time via our eConsult service - for yourself or your child


If you care for others, please see our Carers Advice page for information about support on offer


The NHS website has a lot of information to help you live well and safely self-manage common conditions whilst alerting you to when you should see a GP if your condition is not improving.

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

Health Apps

The NHS Apps Library is a good place to look to find apps and online tools that will help you manage your health and wellbeing.

HANDi  - expert support for common childhood illnesses 

ESC Student - helping students answer common health questions

How we can Support You

Ask at Reception to book an appointment with an HCA for:

  • NHS Health Check (once every 5 years for 40-74 year olds without a diagnosis of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, kidney disease or diabetes)

  • Physical Activity referral also known as "Exercise on Prescription"

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.


Child Health

Healthier Together - advice for parents, young people and pregnant women

Change4Life - fun food & activity ideas to keep kids healthy

Local Offer - online information about the support available in Bristol for young people (ages 0-25) with SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) and their parents/carers

Feel better through healthy eating & exercise

The Eatwell Guide - NHS healthy eating information for adults

Read about Physical Activity for Health and try the NHS Fitness Studio workouts or some local exercise options: 

Walking for Health - including St George Strollers

Staying Steady classes (aimed at over 65s - available locally at Brunel Fitness Centre)

Run4Life - courses in Bristol - free cycle training etc

Stopping Smoking

Visit 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 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

Watch Sean's story (YouTube video link) for inspiration about using alternative approaches to pain medication. Further information is available on the NHS website

Tame the Beast is a website which can help you learn new approaches to reducing pain and get you moving towards recovery

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

SAMARITANS - Call FREE at ANY TIME 116 123 or email

Ways to Wellbeing - free social support in the greater Fishponds area

Wellbeing with Nature courses (Avon Wildlife Trust)

Mental Health Self Help Book list (pdf - 1st page Adults, 2nd page Young People)

Bristol MIND - for better mental health, including MindLine helpline 

Rethink Mental Illness - advice and support for people suffering mental illness and their care

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)

Women's Mental Health

Womankind - providing free or affordable therapy to women in the Bristol area

Missing Link - women's mental health services 

Mothers for Mothers - local postnatal depression support group

VitaMinds (replacement for Bristol Wellbeing Therapies courses)

24/7 Support & Connect - immediate emotional and practical support helpline, tel 0800 0126549

Short-term psychological therapies for conditions such as depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder, online self-referral available

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

Narcotics Anonymous UK  and/or Cocaine Anonymous UK

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

National Domestic Violence 24 hour Freephone Helpline

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.

Bristol Aging Better and LinkAge (for ages 55+)

Wellspring Settlement - a community-led health living and wellbeing centre in Barton Hill (also see Barton Hill Settlement)

Local community centres:  St George   Easton    Kingswood    Fishponds (the Beechwood Club)    Hanham

The Care Forum - promoting health and wellbeing, including advocacy services