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New Mindsmatter group for people suffering from chronic pain in Blackburn and Burnley

Posted on the 23rd August 2017

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s Mindsmatter service is calling on people in East Lancashire living with chronic pain and/or fatigue to access a new eight-week course that is to start in September.

The course is part of the Mindsmatter “Living Well” pilot and will be delivered both in Blackburn and Burnley.

Angela Longworth, Programme Lead from the Mindsmatter Blackburn service, said:

“The course is part of a new initiative in Blackburn and Burnley, and targeted at people who live with chronic pain and/or fatigue. It’s an eight-week course and will help people make their days easier, worry less, relax, learn coping strategies, help to change their relationship with pain and reduce tiredness. The course is part of the Mindsmatter ‘Living Well’ pilot that we are running in conjunction with our partner, the Lancashire Women’s Centre, to provide support around anxiety and depression specifically for men and women living with long term conditions.

“The Mindsmatter service was designed with an emphasis on the ease of access to support for those who require our assistance. We have a self-referral process whereby people can directly refer themselves to the team either by telephone or completing an online form. Once we receive the referral, the individual will receive a welcome call from one of our trained staff who will discuss their needs and work with the individual to decide which course of treatment would be most suited to their needs.”

The course in Blackburn will begin on 20 September until 8 November and will start at 12.30pm. It will be held at Daisyfield Mill, Appleby Street, BB1 3BL. To book onto the course or arrange a one-to-one, ring 01254 226037.

The course in Burnley will begin on 13 September until 8 November, and will start at 1pm until 3pm. It will be held at Burnley Football Club, Turf Moor, BB10 4BX. To book onto the course or arrange a one-to-one, ring 01282 657 244 or 01282 657 927.

The Mindsmatter service, previously known as Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT), provides talking therapies for adults aged 16 and over who are experiencing common mental health issues such as depression, stress and anxiety. The service offers a variety of interventions and support, including stress management courses, supported online programmes, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and counselling. People concerned about their mental health can self-refer into the service by contacting their local team or by visiting their GP.

For more information about your local Mindsmatter service and to access their online self-referral form please visit www.lancashirecare.nhs.uk/Mindsmatter.