Living Well with IBS
We know that living with IBS can be difficult and feel overwhelming, unpredictable and embarrassing. That it can impact on our relationships, our ability to socialise and our confidence. We might begin to feel depressed or anxious. We know that stress, anxiety and low mood can impact on IBS and we can find ourselves stuck in a vicious cycle.
We know that sharing how we are feeling helps so try and think about someone you trust and share with them how you feel. We can offer a range of treatments for people with IBS who are also struggling with anxiety and/or depression including short courses, individual cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness groups.
Don’t forget about others who will be more than happy to support you: GP, nurses or the IAPT workers in your surgery.
Living Well with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Course
Living well with IBS is a course which provides you with proven ways to reduce stress, anxiety and depression symptoms which might be impacting on your management of your condition.
It is an opportunity to meet other people living with IBS and learn from each other’s experiences.
What can I expect from these sessions?
- NHS professionals teach you evidence-based methods of dealing with low mood, anxiety and depression in relation to living with IBS
- You receive a FREE workbook at the first session
- Learn from other group member’s experiences
- You will receive a telephone review at the end of the course with one of the facilitators
When & Where?
There are a total of 5 sessions which are two and half hours long (with plenty of breaks) and run on a weekly basis. We currently have courses beginning on the following dates:
- Wednesday 30th May – 10:00am-12:30pm – Grenoside Grange
- Wednesday 4th July – 10:00am-12:30pm – Dovedale
- Tuesday 7th August – 17:00pm-19:30pm – St George’s Community Health Centre
- Wednesday 12th September – 9:30-11:30am – Woodseats Medical Centre
- Wednesday 17th October – 13:30-16:00pm – Grenoside Grange
- Wednesday 21st November – 13:30-16:00pm – Argyll House
Fairlawns Medical Centre
Dovedale 2, Michael Carlisle Centre
Thorncliffe Health & Leisure Centre
Woodseats Medical Centre
What have others had to say about this course?
“Having seen an IAPT therapist for my anxiety, we realised that IBS was linked to my worries. My therapist suggested the living well with IBS course as my main concern was the effect IBS had on my life. The living well with IBS course has opened up my eyes to many issues that I had not even realised effected my symptoms – both physically and mentally. Spending time in a group of others who understand what living with IBS is like has honestly encouraged me that I am not alone and that there is help out there”
“I really wish I knew about the living well with IBS course or it existed earlier and that you could actually self refer to IAPT courses. I found out about the course through an IAPT worker at my GP surgery. The course gives you lots of tools and techniques to help you deal with IBS symptoms and the thoughts, feelings, worries behind them. The oppportunity to meet and talk weekly with a group of people who understand what I am going through was really helpful, as i started to feel noone else understood, it was just me or i wasn’t normal, but going to the course made me realise it is all normal. I have come away feeling more positive about living with IBS. I have started using the techniques to challenge my anxiety around IBS and started making some positive changes to my daily life”
How will this help me?
Help you understand the links between low mood, anxiety and how this can affect management of IBS
Learn techniques to help you manage depression, anxiety and stress symptoms
As well as improving confidence and being able to cope with the challenges of having IBS
Give you the chance to practice your learning between sessions
What does each session involve?
For best results, try to come to every session so you don’t miss any important information.
Understanding how IBS affects you physically and emotionally and learn how to relax.
Exploring links between IBS and anxiety and learn how to improve confidence.
Looking at how thinking affects the way we feel and cope with IBS symptoms. Develop ways to manage stress and worry.
This session we will be joined by an NHS dietician who specialises in IBS to give advice on what foods are best to avoid or include in your diet.
Improve relationships with others. Plan for the future and learn how to cope with IBS setbacks.
How do I access?
IBS wellbeing sessions are open to all patients with IBS symptoms who would like to learn proven techniques to overcome common symptoms of stress, anxiety and low mood, as well as improving confidence and being able to cope with the challenges of having IBS.
If you would like to attend a ‘Living Well with IBS’ course please use the ‘book now’ link or call 0114 271 6568 to book your free place. There is also a range of advice and support available, through your GP, your consultant or you can call us to discuss other options available within the IAPT Health and Wellbeing team.