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​'Understanding Self Care for Life' – Self Care Week 2016

14 - 20 November

With a focus on self-care across communities, families and generations, Self-Care Week returns this year under the theme of health literacy. The importance of self-care cannot be overstated as cold weather descends on the capital and NHS primary health care services risk being overwhelmed nationwide.

Since its inception in 2010 the Self Care Campaign has brought together representatives from key primary care organisations all over England to facilitate a solutions-based approach to self-care. The Self Care Forum is committed to empowering people and is working towards achieving short and long term health goals for both individuals as well as primary health services. 

Self Care Week also chimes positively with the aims of the on-going NHS Stay Well This Winter campaign while the theme of health literacy compliments the Health Help Now app which has already been rolled out across a number of London boroughs. 

Dr Dagmar Zeuner, Merton Director of Public Health and Clinical Director for Proactive and Preventative Care, said: "While it's natural that some people feel the need to see their local doctor at the first sign of illness, many are surprised that a visit to the pharmacist can often get them on the path to recovery and peace of mind much faster than a GP visit."

"Additionally, it's important that people have a well-stocked medicine cupboard at home in order to treat minor ailments such as a sore throat, a cold or a cough. Self-care is about knowing when and where to escalate personal health concerns to a health professional."

There's also lots of information on NHS Choices about how everyone can use self care to improve their health and wellbeing. You can read about how to:

Health advice is available 24 hours a day by calling NHS 111 and further information about Self Care Week can be found via the Self Care Forum's campaign website.