‘Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity’. (World Health Organisation, 1948)
Prevention is all about giving you tools and guidance to make your own decisions on improving your general health and preventing common but serious illnesses we see so much of today.
Self-care includes keeping fit, having a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home, knowing that your pharmacist can help with treating minor ailments and how to take prescribed medicines to their best effect. If you have a long term condition, Self-care is about understanding and managing the long term condition, giving you the best opportunity to make the most of your life.
You can take responsibility by making daily ‘Lifestyle changes’. Support your friends and family to do the same. We can help you make changes that are right for you. It is much easier to do things together than alone.
Your Health Matters includes details of the many local sources of help that you can access directly yourself (self-referral) without seeing a health care professional first. You can self-refer to TalkPlus if you are feeling stressed, anxious or depressed or go the Teenage Safe Haven if you are aged 10-17 and want to talk to someone. You can self-refer to Quit4Life or Quit51 to help you stop smoking. Local help can also be accessed via a health care professional such as a referral to weight watchers or to a fitness centre on the NHS.
Remember, Your Health Matters!