14. September 2017


In SCiE we are gathering tools, communication materials, videos, links, posters, images, teaching materials – for use in events, workshops, classes, or any other type of promotional activity in which self-care plays a role to enhance health and wellbeing.

We hope thus to help you in your work to support and enhance self-care, and hope many of you will similarly help us help others also in a joint effort to strengthen self-care in Europe.



For the Self-Care Week Europe tools & material – dive into the toolkit here.

General advice
For more general tools on self-care we can also recommend the resource center at the Self Care Forum here for posters and images for use in self care activities.

If you focus on engagement and empowerment, the materials in the Centre for Empowering Patients and Communities here could help you – also across a number of languages.

Science show
For more on infections, the e-bug.eu initiative has a lot of teaching material, games, and downloadable material in 31 languages. This focuses not on self care in a broad sense, but rather on prevention of communicable diseases; these though including quite a few ailments, that falls within self care.

Public health guidelines
The guidelines of the EU Pilot project on self-care in minor ailments can be found in a joint e-book here – with direct advice about self care in 5 specific minor ailments (cough, cold, UTI, heartburn, athlete’s foot) and general advice about communication and policy.

And for explaining the basic concept this short animation video created by ENOPE can be very helpful in explaining both the self-care continuum, patient empowerment, and the philosophy of self-care.


Reports and research

In trying to promote self-care, looking at previous work – and being able to stand on its shoulders – are of course often necessary. We do not suggest that we have The Comprehensive list of reports made and research done, but will try to gather and expand a repository of central pieces.

a. The Joint Action CHRODIS has looked quite closely at health promotion, especially within chronic conditions – a lot of these are naturally also applicable for common self care.

b. The PiSCE project published a report on self care in minor ailments in March 2017 – read as e-book and see the poster for workshop use here.

c. The tender study EMPATHiE brought together experts in patient empowerment to achieve a common understanding of the concept and identify good practices, success factors and barriers- the summary report can be downloaded here.