Managing the Challenge

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Due to Covid-19,  Managing the Challenge courses at present can only be delivered & accessed Online via Zoom

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What is Self Management?

Self management entails both a positive mental attitude and positive actions that help you get on with living your life the way you want to.

It involves knowing when to recognize the limitations that your condition has put in your life and meeting the challenge of living your life to the full in spite of them.

What is Self Care?

Self care is the things you do on a daily basis to function in your day such as medication, exercise, rest, diet. They are the practical everyday actions you take to allow you to live with your condition.

Managing your condition is looking at the big picture of your life and choices and decisions that you make to allow you to live as full a life as possible. Self managing your condition is about empowering you to make better healthy choices for you and giving you more freedom to look at what you can do in your life in spite of your condition and taking more responsibility for it.

Is Self Management for me?

Attitude and emotional well being are affected by any long term condition and it is normal to feel frustrated, angry, isolated and depressed trying to deal with a health condition. This course will teach you new skills in challenging and dealing with negative and difficult emotions and negative thinking. It is a cognitive based training course that challenges negative based beliefs about conditions and helps you deal with your condition in a more positive way.

Self Managing your Condition

Learning to manage your condition will significantly improve your quality of life.

The “Managing the Challenge” of living with a long term condition course will teach you skills to manage all aspects of life with a long term condition including:

  • Pain Management
  • Relaxation
  • Exercise
  • Diet
  • Relationships with Health Professionals
  • Building confidence

What is the “Managing the Challenge” of living with a long-term condition course?

It is a course that will help you manage your condition more effectively. It will enable you to deal with pain, fatigue, anxiety and stress by giving you helpful techniques such as; exercise, relaxation, action planning, problem solving, better breathing techniques and by sharing experiences with others.

The Managing the Challenge” of living with a long term condition is a course that was developed inStanfordUniversity in theUSA by people with long term conditions for people with long term conditions.

It is funded by the Western Health & Social Care Trust under license from Stanford University and it is managed and coordinated by Action Mental Health and supported by the Long Term Conditions AllianceNorthern   Ireland.

What does the course involve?

The course is delivered to a group of 12-18 people over 6 weeks in 6 consecutive 2 ½ hour sessions. It is delivered by 2 trainers that have conditions themselves or work with and or care for people with long term conditions and that have received training to deliver the course.

In just 6 weekly 2 ½ hour sessions you will understand more about your condition and learn new skills in how to self manage it through various methods such as; group work, working in pairs and listening to talks.

How will this course help me?

The “Managing the Challenge” of living with a long term condition is designed to help you to learn new ways to manage your condition, to reduce your pain and to deal with other problems caused by your condition. It will help you take positive actions and make decisions in the overall management of your condition.

What makes this course special?

The course is delivered by people who an understanding of the impact of a long term condition on a person through personal experience or from working with people with long term health conditions. They understand the difficulties you face.

The emphasis is on learning what you can do for yourself and how to make the most of the information you get from your health professionals and what you can do rather than what you can no longer do.

It is delivered in a supportive group where there are specific skills and actions that you can use to help you feel more in control of your life.

What is the cost?

There is no cost for the training it is free to anyone that has a long term health condition and is interested in learning new skills in self managing.

How Do I Find Out More About a Course Near Me?

The courses are run throughout the Western Health & Social Care Trust Area from

Limavady borough council area,Derrycity council area, Strabane district council area, Omagh borough council area, and Fermanagh district council area.

Download the Expression of Interest Form here

If you are a Health Professional, download the Health Professional Referral Form here

Contact Details

Gemma Rankin  Programme Coordinator

AMH New Horizons Foyle

Unit 13 Springtown Industrial Estate, Springtown Road, L’Derry BT48 0LY

T 028 71373502     M 07545206367     E [email protected]

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