Mental Health Awareness Week

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week (14th-20th May) the focus is on Stress and how we can cope with stress better to improve our mental health. While stress isn’t a mental health problem in itself, it often leads to depression, anxiety, self-harm and suicide. It can also lead to physical health problems such as cardiovascular disease and joint and muscle problems. – Mental Health Foundation The Mental Health Foundation have released a research report Read more about Mental Health Awareness Week[…]

Our previous Group Meeting – 19-02-18

We had our first group meeting of 2018 the other day, and it was so lovely to see so many of you there! It was great to catch up with you all to welcome along some new members! We let everyone know that we will no longer be doing paper versions of the newsletters, but instead everything will be done digitally from now on, being more environmentally friendly. All the info that was in the Read more about Our previous Group Meeting – 19-02-18[…]

Group Meeting – (16-10-17)

Hi everyone! Just to keep you all updated that the next group meeting is on Monday 16th of October 2017 from 12:30-2:30pm. We have had to increase the price of the meetings as the room hire prices have gone up and we’re losing money at every meeting (luckily as a group we do lots of fundraising so that we can keep providing a safe space to give support to people living with Fibromyalgia but with Read more about Group Meeting – (16-10-17)[…]

Fibromyalgia Facts from Awareness Week 2017

Fibromyalgia Facts! I created these images to help raise awareness during National Fibromyalgia Awareness Week 2017 and FMAUK used them across their social media to help with their campaign to raise awareness. I thought I would share them here too, feel free to use the images to help raise awareness of this chronic illness. -Alison

September’s National Fibromyalgia Awareness Week (3rd – 10th September 2017)

September saw us celebrate National Fibromyalgia Awareness Week from the 3rd till the 10th of September, and we had a great awareness week this year, with FMAUK saying it was one of the most vocal awareness weeks online! There was lots of different things to get involved with online this year, including a week long photo challenge, adding a ‘twibbon’ to your social media profile picture, joining in the Thunderclap campaign which sent out a Read more about September’s National Fibromyalgia Awareness Week (3rd – 10th September 2017)[…]

Group Meeting (18-09-17)

Hello everyone, Just an update that the next group meeting is this coming Monday (18th September) 12:30-2:30pm The Oxford Centre, Longbenton, NE12 8LT £1:50 for members on the door and £1 for refreshments (teas/coffees/juice/biscuits), if it is your first support group meeting it’s absolutely free. This meeting we will be welcoming along Chris Reynolds who is an Emotional Health Consultant and uses EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) and PSTEC (Percussive Suggestion Technique) to help aid people Read more about Group Meeting (18-09-17)[…]

Coffee & natter meet up!

Hi everyone! We have a Coffee & natter meet up tomorrow 08/08/17 at Fares Fayre cafe which is located inside Monkseaton Metro station. We’ll be meeting at 12pm. These meet ups are always super relaxed and a chance to get to know your fellow Newcastle Fibromyalgia members a bit better. I’ve included some info below on Fares Fayre, photos, address, reviews, parking info and accessibility info. See you all soon! Coffee & natter parking/accessibility info

International Fibromyalgia Awareness Day 12th May

International Fibromyalgia Awareness Day is upon us! The 12th of May is our day to raise awareness around the world, online and in real life! Our support group are holding a fundraising stall in the Metrocentre (in the blue zone along from the bus station next to the poundshops) We’ll have different members manning the stall at different points of the day, all members who have offered to help will receive an email or text Read more about International Fibromyalgia Awareness Day 12th May[…]

Our last meeting 10-04-17 (Guest speaker Steve Forster – Disability North)

At our last meeting we gratefully welcomed Steve Forster along to talk to us about PIP assessments. Steve works for a charity called Disability North, and they are a charity that ‘provides advice and guidance on benefit claims from initial application through to representation at appeals. Examples of the benefits we advise on include: • Disability Living Allowance (DLA)/Personal Independence Payment (PIP) • Employment Support Allowance (ESA) • Carer’s Allowance • Attendance Allowance We can Read more about Our last meeting 10-04-17 (Guest speaker Steve Forster – Disability North)[…]

Group Meeting 10-04-17

Our April group meeting will be earlier in the month than usual to accommodate the Easter bank holiday. So the next meeting will be on the 10th of April 2017, at The Oxford Centre, Longbenton, NE12 8LT, 12:30pm-2:30pm. We are so grateful to be welcoming along Steve from Disability North as our guest speaker. Disability North aims to support disabled and older people, their families, friends and carers. Services are also provided for students or professionals Read more about Group Meeting 10-04-17[…]

Upcoming craft session 04-04-17

The next craft session is soon upon us!  Our craft session is Easter themed with an Easter egg decorating competition! The competition will be judged by our Angie (group founder) at the next meeting (10-04-17) and there will be a prize for the winner! The craft session is on the 4th of April at The Oxford Centre, Longbenton, NE12 8LT in the same room that our meetings are normally in 11:30am-1:30pm. Come along for a Read more about Upcoming craft session 04-04-17[…]

Self Soothing

What is Self-Soothing?     Self-Soothing is instilled in self-compassion and is important for stimulating your Soothing System and moving you away from your Threat System. Doing things that you love and things that calm and help you every day isn’t selfish, it’s self-care and something you deserve and are worthy of. It’s important to remember that you are entitled to this even when you feel like you haven’t done anything that warrants being kind Read more about Self Soothing[…]

What we discussed at our last meeting (20-03-17) continued…

Mindfulness   What is mindfulness? “Mindfulness is deliberately paying attention to things we normally would not even notice, and becoming aware of our present moment experience as it arises non-judgmentally, and with kindness and compassion. When we practice mindfulness, we pay attention to what is happening in our mind and our body; to our thoughts – the stories we tell ourselves – as well as to emotions and physical sensations as they are arising.” (The Read more about What we discussed at our last meeting (20-03-17) continued…[…]

What we discussed at our last meeting (20-03-17)

20-03-17 At the last meeting we explored mindfulness, how stress affects the body with physical symptoms, primary and secondary suffering, and what we use to help manage our pain. It was so lovely to see so many people at the group, and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for making me feel so welcomed whilst my heart rate was rising at the thought of having to talk Read more about What we discussed at our last meeting (20-03-17)[…]