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)
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
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.
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
Safe Link - sexual abuse support (for women, men or children)
- 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.