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)

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



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

We Are Bristol volunteers can assist if you feel lonely, anxious or afraid, or need practical help getting food or essential items

For more information about Covid-19, see our Covid-19 information page

The NHS Wesbite

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 - the more individuals can manage their own health and wellbeing, the more GPs will be freed up to manage serious conditions promptly. 

Support with Energy Bills

This website can offer some useful advice, support and help if you are struggling to pay for your energy bills:

Support with your energy bills | Centre for Sustainable Energy (


Bereavement Support

Recently lost a loved one? 

The National Bereavement Service offers practical and emotional support to guide you through this difficult time. 

They provide both emotional and legal assistance, including information on the statutory requirements following loss, such as the registration of death and probate. 


Domestic and Sexual Abuse

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


Domestic and Sexual Abuse Organisations

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

Concerned for the safety of a child?


Report your concerns to the Council where the child lives:


South Glos

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   Hanham

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