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Peer support groups for people living with MS

Peer support groups provide an opportunity for people to come together and share their experiences and concerns about MS. In a support group people are able to talk to others who truly understand what they are going through, whether it be people living with MS, their carers, or friends and family.

As well as providing informal support, peer groups are a great place to connect with others and create new friendships. By reducing feelings of isolation and loneliness, support groups often empower people to be more proactive in improving their health and wellbeing. They are also a great source of new information on things such as treatment and research updates.

At MSWA we have a number of existing peer support groups, some facilitated by MSWA staff and others which are organised by our Members living with MS.

See below for information about some of our peer support groups:


Carer Support Groups 

A regular support group connecting carers of people living with MS. 

Are you caring for a loved one? The role of being a carer can be challenging and stressful. Monthly support groups are being offered to people living in the community who identify as a carer of someone diagnosed with MS.

Sessions are free to carers of MSWA Members and will be held at various locations in the Perth Metro region

This group will provide an opportunity to:

  • Connect with others for practical and emotional support
  • Obtain support and meet others in a similar situation
  • Receive MS education and information
  • Share ideas, management tips and techniques
  • Explore coping with uncomfortable emotions
  • Learn coping strategies and techniques such as stress management and relaxation

2018 TBC. RSVP with your expression of interest to Karen Brown (Counsellor) 9365 4808 or Karen.Brown@mswa.org.au


Recreational Camps Program for people living with MS

Our annual camps program provides separate recreation camps for Members, carers and families. The program is primarily funded by a grant from Lotterywest, supported by MSWA, and at a nominal cost to participants. These camps provide a break from daily routines, and strengthen friendships and support networks.

Members can be referred through the health team or contact OT direct on 9365 4888 for more information.


muMS group for people living with MS

Are you expecting a baby in 2018? Have a new baby now? Or children under 10? 

If you answered yes to any of the above, MSWA invites you to join our 2018 muMS group. The group is for women who are living with MS and are mothers of young children and/or are pregnant. 

The group will provide an opportunity to: • Develop friendships with others living in/entering into a similar life stage • Share and discuss concerns, thoughts and feelings • Enjoy some well deserved time away from your parenting role • Learn more about MS and how MSWA can support/assist you • Learn new information related to pregnancy and parenting whilst living with MS

Newborns are welcome to the groups.  Tea and coffee will be provided.

Registration

Sessions will be run Tuesdays from 10am - 12pm in Applecross Read More

Places are limited! Please RSVP with your expression of interest by 26 January 2018 to Jean Hudson at jean.hudson@mswa.org.au or 0447 846 500.


Get Connected - Sharing, Connection and Support 

MSWA is seeking expressions of interest for a new support group in 2018. The group will be open to all individuals who belong to the MSWA community and are living with a neurological condition.

• Connect with others for practical and emotional support • Share ideas, management tips and techniques • Explore coping with uncomfortable emotions • Receive relevant education and information • Sessions are scheduled to run once a month • Sessions will be held in the Perth Metro area

Registration

Places will be limited. Register your interest and discuss membership criteria with Karen Brown at 9365 4804 or karen.brown@mswa.org.au

 

South Metro and Peel carer Support Group 

Are you looking for a support group connecting carers of people living with MS? This new group will be open to carers of someone diagnosed with MS who live between Bibra Lake and the Peel Region. 

  • Connect with others for practical and emotional support
  • Obtain support and meet others in a similar situation
  • Receive MS education and information
  • Share ideas, management tips and techniques
  • Explore coping with uncomfortable emotions
  • Learn coping strategies and techniques such as stress management and relaxation

Registration

Places are limited! RSVP with your expression of interested by Wednesday 23 January 2018 to Eve Parsons on 0427 124 391 or eve.parsons@mswa.org.au

 

In addition to the groups supported by MSWA staff members, there are peer support groups which are facilitated by Members with MS. Currently there are two regional groups, which meet in Northam and Manjimup, and a third group which meets in the Perth metro area called ‘MS Coffee Catch Up’.

At MSWA, we are always eager to expand the MS peer support network and see the formation of new groups throughout WA. If you are interested in attending, and/or starting up a peer support group, please contact Sarah Lorrimar, Co-ordinator of Health Education and Peer Support, on 9365 4858 or email her here.

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