Use Psychological First Aid

There are likely to be specific times unique to you where you might particularly struggle with your wellbeing. It can be helpful to plan some “psychological first-aid” for these times and take extra precautions to ensure that you stay mentally well.

The following questions may help you to develop a plan around psychological first aid:

For example:

  • Specific times of year (like anniversary of diagnosis or difficult life events)
  • When you are awaiting test results
  • Things that trigger memories of your treatment like specific smells or sounds, etc.

For example:

  • Not seeping well
  • Changes in my weight
  • Mood swings, etc.

For examples:

  • Speaking to your GP
  • Asking for support from a friend or family member
  • Reminding yourself of the things that keep you well

Consider what support you may need from friends, family and healthcare professionals.

Further support and help:

The advice on these pages is designed to help you prepare for the treatment ahead and support you through to recovery.

If you need further advice and support please discuss this with your key worker or healthcare professional.

  • Cardiff and Vale University Health Board Cancer support line:
    02920 745655  (9:00am to 12:30pm and 1:30pm to 4:00pm)
  • Macmillan Cancer Support:
    0808 808 00 00
  • Maggie’s Cardiff:
    029 2240 8024
  • Tenovus Cancer Care:
    0808 808 1010
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