Courses Behind the Pain online Behind the Pain online and in person As part of our suite of services to help manage your condition, Arthritis Ireland have an online mental health programme called Behind the Pain. This six-week course will explore the emotional relationship and reactions to living with arthritis. This course will be led by an accredited psychotherapist. This course is part of Arthritis Ireland's suite of services to help manage your conditions and is open to anyone living with arthritis or related condition. If you are newly diagnosed or if this is the beginning of your journey exploring your condition, we would highly recommend that you first complete the Arthritis Ireland Living Well with Arthritis 6-week programme or equivalent HSE programme. Details are here: https://www.arthritisireland.ie/living-well-with-arthritis-online. The Behind the Pain course delves into the lived emotional reality of living with Arthritis and related conditions. Further supports and introduction to skills such as self-management (as presented in the Living Well with Arthritis course) can therefore be hugely beneficial as a first foundational step, before going deeper into other aspects of living with your condition. If you would like to discuss this further, please get in touch at [email protected] About the 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. Registration and Course Times There will be online courses in 2022 (funding dependent) and this will be announced in the coming weeks. To register your expression of interest for theses courses please book here: https://btpeoispring22.eventbrite.ie Please note registering expression of interest does not guarantee a place on a course Booking and registration is completely essential. Venue Day Time Dates Price and Registration (Click link for bookings) Brú Columbanus, Wilton, Cork Wednesday 10.30 a.m. -12.30 p.m. 23rd, 30th March and 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th April €10 booking Online: For people living in Roscommon and surrounding area Wednesday 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Introduction session: Wednesday 4th May 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. 11th, 18th, 25th May and 1st, 8th and 15th June. Postponed Online: For people living in Counties Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal Thursday 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Introduction session: Thursday 5th May 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. 12th, 19th, 26th May and 2nd, 9th and 16th June. Postponed Online: For people living in Mayo and surrounding area Thursday 6 pm - 8 pm Introduction session: Thursday 26th May 6-7pm 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th June and 7th July 6pm - 8pm Postponed There will be more courses in 2022. To register your expression of interest for theses courses please book here: https://btpeoispring22.eventbrite.ie Please note registering expression of interest does not guarantee a place on a course. Behind the Pain is kindly supported by The Hospital Saturday Fund. Arthritis Ireland wishes to acknowledge the support of the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government and the Programme: Scheme to Support National Organisations 2016-2021.