Behind the Pain: Online Mental Health Programme Autumn 2021 #2

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Six-week mental health programme for people living with arthritis

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This is Arthritis Ireland online mental health programme called Behind the Pain. This six-week course (preceded by one-hour introduction session) will explore the emotional relationship and reactions to living with arthritis.

This course will be led by an accredited psychotherapist.

***You must have completed a Living Well with Arthritis & related conditions 6 week course before entering this 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.

This course is part of Arthritis Ireland's suite of services to help manage your conditions. It is a requirement that the individual has already completed the Arthritis Ireland Living Well with Arthritis 6 week programme or equivalent HSE programme. If you haven't done this, details are here: This is a strict requirement that will be checked.

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Introduction session: Thursday 9th September 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

6 week course: Thursday

Time: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Dates: 16th, 23rd, 30th September and 7th, 14th, 21st October.

Places are limited. Booking is required.

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

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