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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 Sarah Lorrimar on 9365 4858 or email Sarah.Lorrimar@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 the Occupational Therapy Department directly on 9365 4888 for more information.


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! Register your interest with Sarah Lorrimar on 9365 4858 or email Sarah.Lorrimar@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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