The free five-week course will be delivered by Pain Association Scotland on behalf of the Angus Health and Social Care Partnership and will be open to anyone who lives in Angus or is registered with an Angus GP.
The course will benefit anyone with chronic pain regardless of the cause or stage in their chronic pain journey who would like to find out what they can do to self-manage their pain more effectively. Previous participants find they get maximum gain from attending the full course.
Starting on Tuesday, January 17, this will be the first of four such courses for 2023. The course runs weekly at Brechin Community Campus, with the aim of improving people’s understanding of pain and giving them the skills to better manage their health.
The course will take place between 2pm-4pm on January 17, January 24, January 31, February 7 and February 14.
During each session, a range of topics will be discussed including understanding pain and its impact on life, stress management, pacing skills, dealing with pain flare-ups, relaxation skills and understanding medication. Future courses will be delivered throughout Angus and also online.
The course encourages friendly, interactive participation with questions and answer sessions and informal discussion groups.
Blair Finlay, partnership programme manager, said: “Self-management is an important approach to health that explores the things that you can do to improve the quality of your life despite a painful condition.
“It’s not a replacement for medicine and doesn’t provide direct pain relief, however, it helps lots of people to cope better with a difficult situation. Improved self-management can make a difference to people’s lives and these sessions offer short, intense training in the self-management approach to chronic pain.”
For more information and to book a place, call Pain Association Scotland on 0800 783 6059.