What is Self Care?


Self care is about looking after yourself in the most healthy way, from exercise to managing common conditions like headaches, colds and flu or living with a long-term health problem, such as asthma or diabetes.

Here to Support You


We’re here to give you the confidence and information to look after your own health when it’s right for you.

The Best Choice

Self care is the best choice for treating very minor illnesses, ailments and injuries.

Mental Health Self Help

Your Home Medicine Chest


A range of common illnesses, upset stomachs and aches and pains can be treated with a very well stocked medicine cabinet and plenty of rest. In your cabinet you should have:

  • Paracetamol
  • Mild laxatives and anti-diarrhoeal medicines
  • Rehydration mixture
  • Indigestion remedies, e.g. Antacids
  • Travel sickness tablets
  • Sun screen SPF 15 or higher and sun burn treatment, e.g. Calamine
  • Tweezers and sharp scissors
  • A thermometer
  • A selection of plasters, non absorbent cotton wool, elastic bandages and dressings

Your local pharmacist is a good source of advice for these minor ailments.

Remember

Keep your medicine chest in a secure, locked place, out of the reach of children.

Always read the instructions and use the suggested dose and do not keep any medicines which are past their expiry date.

Fact Sheets


Parents Guides


Parents’ guide to common childhood illnesses including bronchiolitis, chickenpox, croup, sore throats, fevers and feverish illnesses, diarrhoea and vomiting, head injury, soft tissue injury and febrile convulsions.

Find the right service for your child’s needs below.

Bronchiolitis

Bronchiolitis is a viral infection affecting the small airways of the lungs and is usually caused by RSV (respiratory syncytial virus).

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Chickenpox

Before the rash appears, your child may have some mild flu–like symptoms, including feeling sick, a high temperature, aching muscles, headache, feeling generally unwell and loss of appetite.

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Croup

Croup usually starts with a mild fever and runny nose which progresses to a sore throat, hoarse voice and a harsh barking cough.

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Sore Throat

What causes a sore throat, what is the treatment, when to contact your GP.

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Feverish Illness

A fever in a child means a temperature of over 38°C. Fevers are usually the result of viral infections that cause coughs, colds, sore throats, ear infections.

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Diarrhoea and Vomiting

It is an infection of the stomach which causes diarrhoea (runny, watery poo) and often vomiting with some tummy ache and fever.

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Head Injury

When to seek medical attention following a head injury, what to expect after a head injury and looking after your child following a head injury.

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Soft Tissue Injury

What is a soft tissue injury? What can be done to prevent further injury? How long will it take to heal?

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Febrile Convulsions

A febrile convulsion is a fit or seizure which can happen in some children when they have illnesses such as a cold and are usually associated with a high temperature (fever) above 39ºC.

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Mental Health Self Help


Bristol Wellbeing Therapies

NHS Partnership of 15 organisations. It is an access point for mood management groups and CBT.

You must self refer by calling: 0117 9823209

 

Books

MIND OVER MOOD – by Christine Padesky. Workbook for anxiety and depression in CBT form.

OVERCOMING DEPRESSION – By Chris Williams

OVERCOMING ANXIETY – By Helen Kennerley

FEELING GOOD – THE NEW MOOD THERAPY – By David Burns

OVERCOMING INSOMNIA AND SLEEP PROBLEMS – By Colin Espie

Work Stress: THE POWER OF DOING LESS – By Fergus O’Connoll

 

Apps

HEADSPACE – Free App that focus’ on mindfulness

SAM APP (UWE) – Free App that focus’ on anxiety management

Useful Websites

www.moodgym.anu.edu.au – Anxiety and Depression self help with online CBT, games and quizzes

www.livinglifetothefull.com – Life skills resource via CBT

www.bemindful.co.uk – Mindfulness based treatment for stress

www.serene.me.uk – Mindfulness based treatment for stress

www.paniccentre.net

www.getselfhelp.co.uk

www.beatingbipolar.org

www.patient.co.uk

www.youngminds.org.uk – support for young people experiencing mental health problems

www.embarressingproblems.com – website covering any embarrassing health questions you may have

www.depressionalliance.org

www.babcp.com – maintains a list of qualified counsellors in behavioural and cognitive therapies

www.octc.co.uk – can order self-help and educational books including CBT

 

Self Harm

TESS – Monday-Friday 7am-9pm text support – 07800472908

www.selfinjurysupport.org.uk

 

 

Womankind

Free or affordable counselling for women – 0117 9166461

Helpline – 08454582914

www.womankindbristol.org.uk

 

Help Counselling (Lockleaze)

Counselling for young people ages 9-25. Based on availability to pay. 0117 9502511

www.help-counselling.org.uk

 

Network Counselling

College Park Drive, Henbury. Contribute as much as you can afford. Tel 0117 9507271 from 9:30 am to 1pm to arrange an appointment

www.network.org.uk

Off the Record

2 Horfield Road, Bristol. Free helpline – 0808 808 9120

Free counselling for under 25 years. Also have drop in service Mon-Fri 11:30am

 

UWE Counselling Service

Frenchay Campus

To make an appointment call: 0117 328558

 

Severnside Institute for Psychotherapy

Can offer long term psychotherapy on a means tested basis

www.sipsychotherapy.org

Family Lives

A national helpline that parents can call for free advice and support – 0808 8002222

www.familylives.org.uk

Avon Counselling and Psychotherapy Service

0117 9304447 – Can provide a list of private counsellors in your area

Wessex Counselling Service

Based in Frome  but have premises at Orchard Street, Bristol.

01373 453355 – first session £35, subsequent sessions £13-£38 depending on income.

Bridge Foundation

Sydenham Road, Cotham. 0117 9424510

Personal counselling at £25-£40 per session depending on income. Child and psychotherapy service at £60-£90 for two assessments, subsequent sessions at a reduced price. Also free family counselling for families in inner city area with children under 11 yrs.