Understanding health and illness

Illness can have serious and diverse consequences on your physical, mental, social and financial condition. Whether you are living with an illness or are affected by illness indirectly, help is available.

physical health


If there is a particular illness that is affecting you, whether diagnosed or not, there is information and support available to help you. You might be affected by illness in that you have actually been diagnosed or experience symptoms. Alternatively, somebody close to you might be living with an illness. Illness obviously has a significant effect on physical health. It can also have a significant effect on mental health, social life and financial circumstances. There is help at hand from the NHS, from a broad variety of charities dedicated to particular causes and from advice services like Citizens Advice that can suggest helpful action and services.

Being affected by illness can be very difficult. It can be harder if you go it alone. Try to find people with whom you can share the burden and let them lighten your load. And if you feel comfortable doing so, let your relevant colleagues know that illness is part of your life. Arrangements can be made that make work better for you and for your colleagues.


Online Resources:

www.nhs.uk - Helpline: 111

NHS Inform

British Heart Foundation
www.bhf.org.uk/ - Helpline: 0300 330 3311

Allergy UK
www.allergyuk.org/ - Helpline: 0132 261 9898

Marie Curie
www.mariecurie.org.uk/ - Helpline: 0800 090 2309

Stroke Association
www.stroke.org.uk - Helpline: 0303 303 3100

Citizens Advice
www.citizensadvice.org.uk/about-us/contact-us/ - AdviceLine: 03444 111 444



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Physical Health Resources

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