Mind over MS shines spotlight on impact of MS on mental health for MS Awareness Week 2020
MS-UK is using MS Awareness Week to tell people the impact multiple sclerosis (MS) can have on mental health by sharing videos and blogs from its counselling service.
We offer the only dedicated telephone counselling service for people with MS in the UK and are currently crowdfunding to pilot a scheme of video counselling, which the MS community has told us would be even more beneficial.
During MS Awareness Week, which runs from 20-26 April, MS-UK will be posting vlogs from our trained counsellors on our YouTube channel and social media. They will cover topics such as how to deal with negative thoughts, low mood and anxiety, and managing uncertainty when living with a condition like MS.
We are encouraging everyone to get involved by sharing the content on social media and using the hashtags #MSAW2020 and #MindOverMS
On person who benefitted from MS-UK’s counselling service is Vicki who, eight months after her diagnosis, was struggling to cope. “I had so much pent-up anger and didn’t know what the future held,” she explains. “Counselling from MS-UK really helped me to communicate how I was feeling. It was very beneficial, but I think doing it via video would be even better, because you can see the other person’s body language and have a better connection with them.”
“Last year, 93 per cent of the people our counsellors worked with improved or maintained their mental and emotional health,” says Amy Woolf, CEO of MS-UK.
“NHS waiting lists for counselling can be up to 18 months, whereas we aim to keep this below 12 weeks. There are 90,000 people with MS in real financial hardship so it’s vital we raise funds to keep our services free or donation-based.”
We need your help!
We need your help! You can contribute to the crowdfunding campaign here and watch more of Vicky’s story – even if you can’t contribute financially, please share it on social media to help us get this vital service up and running to help people with MS live happier, healthier lives.