General health and wellbeing

From speaking with a number of former Intensive Care patients at a year after getting home, it seems that staying well and healthy and getting out and about are the main concerns. In this section, we've provided links to some general information and sources of support, which we hope you find useful.

 

 

 

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Article: Counselling study in NHS Lothian

Counselling for patients and families after Intensive Care: the CONNECT study (NHS Lothian) What is this study about? A number of previous studies have shown that patients and family members can suffer from anxiety and depression (feeling low) after Intensive Care. Some also experience upsetting memories or “flashbacks”. Losing a loved one in Intensive Care can have similar effects. We would like to find out if counselling helps. In this study, we will offer...

Web Link: Disability Snowsport UK

This link will take you to the Disability Snowsport UK Homepage, which has links to local groups. Disability Snowsport UK is a people-centred organisation with a unique sense of purpose: that anyone regardless of their disability can take part in and enjoy the thrill of snowsports. They are a membership organisation, and welcome anyone of any levels of skiing and fitness. They cater for complete novices to snowsports all the way to elite athletes.

Web Link: Healthy eating and getting/keeping active

This is a really useful website from Healthier Scotland. It gives great, easily understandable information and advice on healthy eating (including menus) and getting and staying active (with suggested activities in your local area).

Web Link: Help with health and wellbeing in your local area

This weblink will take you to ALISS (A Local Informarion Source for Scotland).It's a fantastic place to help you find sources of healp and support with health and well-being in your local area.We highly recommend it.

Web Link: Information and advice on health and well being in your area

This weblink will take you to the Living It Up website.This is a great, easy to use website which provides some really useful links for health and well being in your local area. There's some useful information that will help take the fear out of using technology. There are various free "apps" to help you manage many aspects of your health and recovery, which you can download, free of charge, onto your phone. There is also some great practical and financial advice and...

Web Link: Paths for All - Health Walk

Walking is described as the perfect exercise by health professionals and has many benefits. Walking requires no special equipment or expense and is the ideal way for most people to become more active. Paths for All is a Scottish charity that champions everyday walking as the way to a happier, healthier Scotland. Their website has some great ideas about ways to get walking including their Health walk groups. They organise free group walks every week. These are short, safe,...

Web Link: Self help for common psychological issues

This link will take you to a website called "Mood Juice", which has been developed by psychologists in NHS Scotland. You can access and print off useful self-help guides on a number of issues including anxiety, depression, flashbacks,having problems sleeping and bereavement.

Web Link: Thistle Foundation: help with long-term conditions

This link will take you to the website of the Thistle Foundation. They are an Edinburgh-based charity who do a great deal of work to help people with long-term conditions or disabilities to live as independently as possible in their local community. They offer a broad range of services and support such as lifestyle management, exercise and nutrition-based support and volunteering.

Web Link: Volunteering

This link will take you to the page of Volunteer Edinburgh. They offer an incredible range of opportunities to do volunteer work in your local community.

Web Link: VolunteerNet (support for carers)

This link will take you to the VolunteerNet website. It's a free, easy and safe way for carers to access support from fully checked, trained and supervised volunteers. You will have to apply to join the service, so that they can help you, but it's a very simple process. What type of support can you ask for? Different types of support include: Practical support such as collecting prescriptions, giving you a lift to the shops or carer support group Spending...