Heal thyself: Stockport residents encouraged to choose self care for life

  • Stockport residents encouraged to Choose Self Care for Life as part of national campaign
  • Stockport Council joins Self Care Forum and local NHS to promote benefits of self care
  • Campaign hopes to alleviate pressure on NHS services

Stockport Council has teamed up with local NHS services as part of a national campaign to promote the health benefits of self care.

More than 22 million people have been targeted by the Choose Self Care for Life campaign, launched by the Self Care Forum to coincide with Self Care Week 2018.

Poster for Self Care Week 2018 showing cartoon people standing alongside the slogan Choose Self-Care for Life, under the NHS logo
Choose Self Care for Life: Self Care Week 2018 poster

Stockport Council’s cabinet member for health, Councillor Tom McGee said: “Largely avoidable conditions such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) are all on the increase. If we can prevent these, we can avoid a lot of suffering, which is better for you and your family.

“Even if you are already living with these conditions there is also plenty you can do to manage your own condition.’’

The campaign encourages patients to take control of their own health and wellbeing through self-treatment and healthy life choices.

The Self Care Forum advocates small changes that deliver long-lasting improvement in patient’s health, from getting more sleep and exercise to connecting with those around you.

“Keeping as active as you can and eating a healthy diet are really important,’’ said local GP and chair of NHS Stockport CCG, Dr Cath Briggs.

The campaign urges people to ‘choose well’, aiming to encourage patients to better utilise services such as their local pharmacy and, in turn, alleviate pressure on NHS staff and resources.

Stockport Council are offering free short courses to give residents the knowledge and confidence to help themselves.

Dr Briggs said: “Expert Patient courses will give you the skills to manage your symptoms better and feel more in control of your life.’’

Wellbeing and self care services, including expert patients courses can be accessed by referral from your GP. Self Care Week 2018 runs until 18 November.