International Self-Care Week

Information Provided by The Mental Health Charter.

This week is international self-care week, and this year’s theme is ‘Exercise Self Care for life’

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.
Exercise Self Care for Life is the theme for 2022
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 2021, more than 800 organisations and individuals used the awareness week to empower their audiences, reaching millions in the UK.

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.

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