Behind the Pain: Expression of interest for Summer 2022 courses

Behind the Pain: Expression of interest for Summer 2022 courses

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Six-week mental health programme for people living with arthritis - expression of interest registration

About this event

As part of our suite of services to help manage your condition, Arthritis Ireland have an online mental health programme called Behind the Pain. This six-week course will explore the emotional relationship and reactions to living with arthritis.

This course will be led by an accredited psychotherapist. This course is open to anyone living with arthritis or related condition who has previously completed a 6 week Living Well with Arthritis course. If you haven't done this, you can find details here.

Please complete the details required and we will be able to email you with the details of further courses beginning in Spring/Early Summer 2022 when they are confirmed.

Note: Please add email and as safe to receive emails from or check your spam/junk folder regularly.

Places are limited. Booking for expression of interest do not guarantee a place on a course. Further booking will be required when course registration is opened.

About the course:

We understand that arthritis is more than pain. It can have a huge impact on all aspects of your life and affect everything from your family and relationships to day-to-day life at college or work. You may be experiencing low mood, trouble relaxing, low energy or sleep disturbances. Ongoing physical symptoms such as chronic pain, fatigue and disturbed sleep can cause distress which often lead to stress, anxiety and depression.

When arthritis, anxiety and depression coexist, a person’s ability to function in everyday life is often impaired.

Managing your mental health is an essential part of an arthritis treatment plan. We believe supporting the emotional aspects of this disease is just as important as the physical aspects.

The structure of this course allows you to connect with other people living with arthritis in a confidential forum to explore your thoughts and emotions under professional guidance. Discussion topics will include coping with an invisible illness, the grief cycle, dealing with fatigue and asking for help. In each session we will provide a range of self-care tools and strategies for taking care of your mental well-being.

Behind the Pain is kindly supported by a grant from The Hospital Saturday Fund.

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