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Parkinson’s Awareness Week

Parkinson’s Awareness Week

This week is Parkinson’s Awareness Week

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Much like everything recently, the theme behind this year’s is a little different. With the strain and difficulty that the pandemic has served, the mental health of our society has become a growing concern. Mental Health is an extremely important aspect to a person’s quality of life, and as there is no cure for Parkinson’s, it is crucial that we raise both funds and awareness to support people living with the condition. By doing so, we are able to improve the quality of these people’s lives, ensuring that they live better for longer.

This year, Parkinson’s Care and Support UK will be launching the first ever Parkinson’s Mental Health Support Hub , exclusively for people affected by Parkinson’s. This is after 100+ clinicians, from a range of expertise, came together virtually on 26 November 2020 to attend the second UK Parkinson’s Excellence Network Mental Health Hub meeting. The virtual event was full of lively debate, with speak of new research into the treatment of hallucinations, debate on new approaches to the mental health workforce, and how to tackle challenges of service provision during and post lockdown.

1 in 2 of people living with Parkinson’s will at some point suffer from Anxiety and or Depression. Sadly, these mental health conditions for people with Parkinson’s are often overlooked and undiagnosed. When these conditions are left untreated, it results in a significant reduction in quality of life. Living with Anxiety or Depression with Parkinson’s can cause certain symptom to worsen, such as tremor, stiffness, sleep problems, pain, and much more.

The Parkinson’s Mental Health Support Hub is devised to address and combat these common mental health issues, while providing adequate support for individuals. These individuals will range from those that are newly diagnosed, people with YOPD (young onset Parkinson’s Disease), lonesome and isolated people, those who are approaching end of life, and their carers.

The Parkinson’s Mental Health Support Hub will provide four distinct services:
  • Parkinson’s CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)– a GP referred service for people with Parkinson’s suffering from Anxiety or Depression, not currently being treated. CBT is one the most successful treatments for people with Anxiety and Depression.
  • Parkinson’s ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)– a self -referred service most suitable for people who are either newly diagnosed with Parkinson’s or who have YOPD (young onset Parkinson’s Disease)
  • Parkinson’s End of Life and Bereavement Support Line– a support line for those who are caring for someone with Parkinson’s who is coming towards the end of their life and for those that are bereaved. Grief is a natural process, but it can be devastating, so receiving support before and after the loss of someone is important.
  • Parkinson’s Befriending and Companionship Network – a service designed to reduce isolation and loneliness for people living with Parkinson’s, through peer support and visiting care.
Get Involved!

Contact excellence@parkinsons.org.uk to join the Mental Health Hub Basecamp online working group

Parkinson’s and Star Homecare

At Star Homecare, our clients that are living with Parkinson’s are signposted to relevant organisations in the area, these organisations offer the appropriate support and guidance. One of our key themes is ensuring service users are able to extend their social networks, and have access to support beyond traditional care services. All of our Parkinson’s clients are screened for undiagnosed depression and/or anxiety, and if any potential concerns are detected, this is fed back to the client’s GP to ensure appropriate ongoing care.

If you would like to find out any information regarding our services, and how Star Homecare could make life with Parkinson’s that little bit easier, please do get in touch.