What is Breathlessness?
Breathlessness is the feeling of being out of breath. Everyone experiences breathlessness at some time however long term health conditions, such as COPD, asthma, heart disease and diabetes, can often result in more chronic breathlessness.
Living with breathlessness can be an emotional and physical challenge. Breathlessness is often something that cannot be cured, however it can be managed and influenced by medication or other therapies.
What is the Living Well with Breathlessness class?
Having breathlessness can have a significant impact on your life; physically, emotionally, psychologically and socially; as well as on the lives of those around you.
We have designed a free 4 week programme that can support people aged 16+ in effectively managing the effects of breathlessness and improving general wellbeing. The class aims to:
- Help people to understand some of the factors that make breathlessness worse.
- Look at the impact of breathlessness on anxiety and consider strategies to help people to manage anxiety and breathlessness more effectively.
- Help people to adjust to life with breathlessness, be kind to themselves and feel more in control of their life.
The course is based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which has been shown to be effective in helping people manage their own physical health and emotional wellbeing.
The classes will teach techniques and strategies and those who attend will be given materials to help them practice these strategies at home. Please see our leaflet and course information for more details.
If you are interested in attending you can
1. Ring the self-referral line (0191 566 5454) and state you want to self-refer for the breathlessness class. Or
2. Complete the self-referral form and hand this back to your health professional. The questionnaires on the self-referral form do not need to be completed but are attached for reference as they will be discussed during the telephone triage/assessment that will be organised following referral.
3. You can self-refer online via www.sunderlandiapt.co.uk and specifically say you are referring for the breathlessness class.