Breathe Easy group supports Self-Care Week!

South Sefton patients who have set up a new support group for residents with breathing illnesses are inviting people to come along to an event they are holding during Self Care Week (16-22 November) to find out about how they can better manage their own wellbeing. 

On Wednesday 18 November Breathe Easy South Sefton is held a coffee day in the Strand By Me shop in Bootle Strand, where residents can find out more about the group and the range of support available locally for people with breathing conditions. 

After attending a respiratory and self-management training course organised by NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Sefton Council for Voluntary Services (CVS), the patients decided to launch their new Breathe Easy group. The group launched in June 2015 and they come together once a month with local residents in south Sefton to share their knowledge.

As well as being part of Self Care Week, the group’s event on Wednesday also marks World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) day. Group members will be on hand to discuss self-management of respiratory conditions and they will be joined by NHS stop smoking services, offering advice on how to quit. 

Mick Maher, chair of the Breathe Easy group, said: “I wanted to go on the self-management course originally as I was diagnosed with a lung condition myself and had no idea what it was or how to deal with it. Then I thought, along with others on the course, that people in the community would really benefit from having that knowledge whether it’s for them or for someone they know, so we set up the group and decided to put an event on during Self Care Week.” 

Jenny Kristiansen, respiratory lead at NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), explains: “Our six week course was launched back in January this year as patients were telling us they’d like more support to help them better manage conditions like COPD or asthma. It is proving really popular with patients and the fact that this course has led to the Breathe Easy group being established in south Sefton is fantastic – I can’t recommend their events highly enough and think the day at Strand By Me will be really beneficial to those with similar conditions.” 

The Breathe Easy group meets monthly in south Sefton and organises talks from a wide range of other local services, like Healthwatch Sefton giving patients the chance to hear about the support available to them in the area. 

One person out of seven in the UK is affected by a lung condition and the British Lung Foundation, Breathe Easy group, NHS South Sefton CCG and Sefton CVS want those people to know support is available for every one of them.  

This year the theme for Self Care Week is ‘Self Care for Life’ and the aim is to raise awareness of how to support people to be healthy throughout their life. Whether it is about preventing ill health by choosing healthy options that will impact positively on their physical health and mental wellbeing, taking care of their own minor ailments at home or understanding how to manage more serious conditions. For more information please click here.

For more information on ‘Breathe Easy Sefton South’ or to become a member, please visit: https://www.blf.org.uk/BreatheEasy/Detail/Sefton-South