Self Care Week

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National Self Care Week

16 – 22 November 2020

What is Self Care Week?

  • Self Care Week is an annual national awareness week that focuses on embedding support for self care across communities, families and generations.
  • Live Self Care for Life is the theme for 2020
  • The Self Care Forum has been organising Self Care Week since 2011

Who gets involved in Self Care Week?

  • International, national, regional, local and community organisations passionate about empowering people to better look after their own physical health and mental wellbeing get involved in Self Care Week
  • Mostly traditional health organisations use the Week to communicate health messages to their audiences but a growing, diverse community is recognising the benefits of participating in Self Care Week
  • In 2019, more than 1000 organisations and individuals used the awareness week to empower their audiences, reaching more than half the population in England.

What messages can you promote during Self Care Week?

  • A range of health messages can be communicated during Self Care Week including:
    • taking vitamin D supplements, particularly important for those shielding and unable to go outside
    • good nutrition and regular exercise to support general wellbeing and help maximize people’s immunity
    • adopting positive lifestyle choices
    • increasing health literacy levels in the community and in schools
    • supporting mental wellness by keeping connected, ensuring a sense of perspective, and taking further steps to maintain health
    • understanding how to manage minor and long term health conditions
  • In addition to helping people look after their own health, Self Care Week is also used to promote better use of the NHS by signposting people to the right service relevant to their health needs – in particular, signposting people to pharmacy for accessible health care and advice.
  • The Week can also be used to reignite self care practice for the expected second wave of the coronavirus since the public may need support and encouragement at this time to protect themselves and others against the virus. In addition to social distancing, mask wearing and hand washing further suggestions for the pandemic must be to encourage people not to ignore their symptoms and to use the NHS if requiring health advice and support, do not unnecessarily put off treatment.

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Where should I start?

  • The Self Care Forum has an abundance of resources to help you plan for Self Care Week such as our 8 point plan and comms document, we also have best practice case studies, a range of logos, factsheets and more on our resource page.
  • You could also subscribe to our newsletter for updates on Self Care Week and all things self care.
  • Or, for more information contact

For news on what happened during previous Self Care Week’s see the Self Care Week Reviews. 

Choose Well

Press Release: NHS campaigns on the “funny side” of incorrect usage of A&E

A series of viral videos are headlining an NHS campaign launched highlighting some of the most incorrect reasons for patients attending A&E.

Actors from stage and screen gave up their time free of charge to appear alongside NHS staff as characters including women waiting for treatment for hair-dye disasters and botched false nails, a pushy mum desperate for her son to be seen by senior doctors for his diarrhoea, and even a man hoping A&E staff will turn their hands to helping out his poorly dog!

The videos, Vets, Auditions and Nail Bar can be viewed below:

Cold and Flu Campaign Toolkit

Key Messages

Most people suffering from colds and flu can treat their symptoms at home without going to the doctor
Antibiotics do not help get rid of colds and flu
Providing information about colds and flu can help people effectively manage their symptoms through self care and know when it is necessary to go to the doctor.

Download the cold and flu campaign toolkit here.

To download the accompanying cold and flu template press release, click here.

The Life Channel Videos

The Life Channel will be running these three short films just before, and during Self Care Week to raise awareness of the self care choices that are available to people with long term conditions. These films include information on making a care plan, information prescriptions and self management courses. Watch the videos below.

Video 1

Video 2

Video 3