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5 ways to make your voice heard during MS Awareness Week 2018

It’s MS Awareness Week 2018 and MS-UK are open to talk! This year we’ll be celebrating the occasion by spreading the word of our newest national service, MS-UK Counselling.

We at MS-UK believe that giving people the opportunity to open up and talk about life with MS is just as valuable as any physical support. The simple act of listening to people’s worries and concerns – no matter how big or small they might believe them to be – can have a hugely positive impact on both mental wellbeing and quality of life.

Since launching the pilot of our counselling service in October 2017, our counsellors have reached out to over 150 people affected by multiple sclerosis (MS). But our aim is to lend an ear to even more. Over this week the vital work of the counselling team will be taking centre stage. We want to raise awareness of the service for those who need it in the MS community across the UK, discuss the many benefits of counselling, and help smash the stigma that may still surround mental health.

And you can get involved too! We’ve put together a list of five different ways you can make your voice heard during MS Awareness Week and help us spread the word of MS-UK...

1. Engage with MS-UK on social media

Raise awareness of MS-UK Counselling by sharing and retweeting our posts on Facebook and Twitter throughout the week.

2. Share your own counselling experiences

There’s no shame in seeking out counselling services – 1 in 4 adults in the UK are affected by mental health issues after all – but some people are still afraid to talk. Share your own counselling stories with us using the hashtag #MSAwarenessWeek and you might inspire someone else to do the same.

3. Share info about MS-UK Counselling with your MS nurse

Does your MS nurse know about the MS-UK Counselling service? Why not talk to them and see if it’s something they might consider referring to in the future. You can also request some MS-UK Counselling leaflets by emailing our team at counselling@ms-uk.org

4. Have a chat over a cup of tea

There’s nothing better than a bit of banter over a cup of tea and Victoria sponge! Why not celebrate MS Awareness Week by getting together with friends and talking about multiple sclerosis? After all, it’s good to talk!

5. Download our MS Awareness Week resources

You can show your support for MS Awareness Week and jazz up your Facebook and Twitter profiles at the same time by downloading our MS Awareness Week resources! Check out our blog and follow the instructions to get your hands on a brand new banner.