Home Health Help us help you this winter

Help us help you this winter

by Cathy Sheel

Knowsley residents can find advice and tips to support their general wellbeing during the colder winter months on Mersey Care’s ‘Help us Help you’ website.

The website is a a one-stop shop for tips and advice about keeping warm, looking after your physical and mental health, and when to go to A&E or ring 999. It’s aim is to help residents avoid visits to hospitals and inpatient units, which are traditionally high in demand during winter.

The latest updates to the website include:

  • A series of adverts broadcast on Greatest Hits Radio giving hints and tips to stay well this winter.
  • A series of new animations covering urgent mental health support, top tips to improve your mental wellbeing, information about walk-in centres/urgent treatment centres, the importance of self-care and how to beat loneliness.

Mersey Care, one of the largest mental and community health trusts in the country, has also developed a number of free self-help guides available for depression, stress, panic and many other issues.

A spokesperson from NHS Cheshire and Merseyside said: “The NHS is preparing for what is expected to be another busy and challenging winter. The public can play their part by taking simple measures to stay well this winter, such as getting winter vaccines when invited to, keeping warm, staying active, looking out for others, and choosing the right service when they need help or advice.

“Please remember that A&E should only be used for major, life-threatening illnesses and injuries. For conditions which are less urgent, please contact NHS 111, or consider visiting a local pharmacy or NHS walk-in centre, or GP practice for advice and support instead.”

For more information visit Help us help you :: Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust