We are asking local people to ‘think self-care for life’ this Self- Care week.

Self-care is all about looking after yourself, managing any long term health conditions you may have and knowing how to get help or advice when you need it.

Together with local health and care services, we will be sharing tips and advice each day on Twitter and Facebook.

There’ll be a focus on mental health, diabetes, the role of antibiotics and essential items to have in your medicine cabinet at home.

You can also find out more about accessing health services from home and the latest public health advice around Covid-19 and flu.

You are encouraged to join the conversation by using #selfcare4kirklees.

Further information


The symptoms of COVID-19 are a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of taste or smell. If you have any of these get a test by calling 119 or by visiting the NHS Coronavirus website.

How to access health services from home

GP surgeries in Kirklees have remained open throughout the pandemic. They have made changes to the way they work, limiting face-to-face contact where possible, to reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus.

If you have concerns about a medical condition or need advice you should contact your GP practice as soon as possible.  A delay in treatment can pose a risk to longer term health, so don’t put it off. Find out how to contact your practice safely.

There are lots of NHS services that you can access from home, including ordering a repeat prescription, find out how by visiting the NHS Health at Home website

Mental Health

If you need mental or emotion health support, help is available in Kirklees.

  • A 24 hour confidential helpline is available for people experiencing mental distress. They’re on hand 7 days a week to offer support and guidance. Available to anyone registered with a GP in Kirklees. Call free 0800 183 0558.
  • a grief and bereavement and support line to support you if you’ve recently lost someone close to you. You can call them 8am -8pm, 7 days a week on 0808 1963833 or chat online.
  • Children and young people can access an anonymous, online counselling and support service from Kooth
  • Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) provide a choice of services for adults experiencing common mental health problems such as depression, stress, panic and obsessive compulsive disorder.
  • More information about local mental health services is available from Kirklees Council. (NOTE: some of these services may be working differently due to COVID-19. Please contact them online or by telephone before attending in person)

Physical Health

The Kirklees Wellness Service can help you live a healthier life. If you want to get more active, lose weight or stop smoking find out how they can help.

You can also find more ways to kick start your health with Better Health and the NHS Fitness Studio.

Type 2 diabetes

Every two minutes someone finds out that they have Type 2 diabetes, a potentially serious health condition that can cause long-term health problems.

It can lead to sight loss, kidney failure, loss of a limb, and makes you at least twice as likely to have a heart attack or stroke.

It’s very important that you find out if you are at high risk of Type 2 diabetes so you can get support to lower your risk. You may even be eligible for the local Healthier You NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme.

The Diabetes UK risk tool can help you find out if you’re at risk of developing the condition. It takes just a few minutes s and could be the most important thing you do today.

Flu Jab

Flu is a serious condition that kills thousands and hospitalises thousands more in England each year. The flu vaccination is the best protection for you and those around you which is why it is offered for free for those most at risk.

Adults at high risk from flu are also most at risk from COVID-19 and the free vaccine is more important than ever, to help protect the nation from a double threat this winter.

That’s why this year, the free flu vaccine is being offered to a record number of 30 million people to help protect as many as possible from flu and ease pressure on the NHS and urgent care services.

Ask your pharmacist or GP if you’re eligible for a free flu vaccine.

Community pharmacy and managing medication effectively

Community pharmacists are qualified healthcare professionals who offer clinical advice and over-the-counter medicines to effectively and safely manage a range of minor illnesses. Find out more about how they can help you.

Antibiotics aren’t always needed. Earache and sore throats can often get better by themselves. Talk to your pharmacist about which medicines help. If you are prescribed antibiotics, always follow your doctor’s advice about taking these.

At home you should keep a well-stocked medicine cabinet to help with common health problems and a first aid kit so you can deal with minor accidents and injuries.  Your local pharmacy can help if you’re missing something. Remember to follow Government guidelines when attending the pharmacy.

Graphic. Blue background. A red bag is in the centre with the words ‘first aid kit’ written on. This is being held by an arm. There are lines drawn out of the bag to a range of items and a graphic of each item. Clockwise these are:  Painkillers such as paracetamol, asprin and ibuprofen. Bandage. Plasters. Scissors. Safety pins. Tweezers. Sticky tape. Insect bite relief. Sterile dressing. Cleansing wipes. Eye dressing. Skin rash cream. Antiseptic cream. Sterile gloves. Distilled water.

Pharmacies are still open to help and can recommend over the counter medications for minor injuries and illnesses. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 including a new cough, loss of sense of taste or smell or a high temperature please do not visit your pharmacist. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and need help, please call 111.