The next group meeting will be on Monday the 21st of August, and is held as usual at The Oxford Centre, Longbenton, NE12 8LT 12:30pm-2:30pm . If this is your first support meeting it is free of charge, for all other members it’s £1.50 on the door. We also offer unlimited refreshments of tea/coffee/juice and biscuits for an additional £1. You are welcome to bring a partner/family member/friend along with you for some extra support.
This meeting we don’t have a guest speaker and will be exploring and discussing something the Dr Walker had mentioned in a previous group meeting, that the best way to live with Fibromyalgia is through self – help/self – care. We’ll also talk about compassion and how that can aid our well being. FMAUK recently posted about a research opportunity that looks into the role of self compassion and coping strategies when living with physical health conditions, which may be of interest to our members to take part in.
Research opportunity: Take part in an online survey into the role of self-compassion, coping strategies and well-being in fibromyalgia.
Self-compassion is often thought of as acting kindly towards ourselves. This project aims to explore whether self-compassion plays a role in coping strategies and emotional well-being in people with fibromyalgia. This is important because it may help researchers to understand the role of certain psychological therapies in helping to support the emotional well-being of people who experience physical health conditions, like fibromyalgia.
If you agree to take part, you will be asked to complete an online survey. You will be asked some demographic information about your gender, age, ethnicity and about the duration of your fibromyalgia symptoms. You will then be asked questions about self-compassion, pain acceptance, fibromyalgia symptoms, emotional well-being and coping strategies. This will take around 20 minutes to complete. To take part, you must over 18 years of age and have a fibromyalgia diagnosis. This can be a diagnosis made by a professional or you may be self-diagnosed.
Dr Gemma Evans from the University of Chester is conducting this research project, which has been reviewed by a University Research Ethics Committee.
If you would like to take part, please click the link below. The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete.