In light of Mental Health Awareness week this week, 10th May- 16th May, we wanted to share with you how our services can support you on your journey and with your Mental health. Our services cover 4 different levels so that you can access what you need when you need it.
Our Welcome Desk is always filled with a friendly face and there to provide guidance and welcome to those who are first visiting us or those who are returning. Always ready to have a chat with those who ask for help our team at the desk are there to put you at ease.
The Wellbeing Centre is a unique space designed to be a haven for patients away from the wards and clinics. The centre is a place where patients can relax, enjoy a selection of drinks such as teas, fresh ground coffee or soft drinks. We also have a variety of satellite locations across the city, providing rest and respite as well as treatments.
The Befriending service provides one-to-one telephone companionship which allows the building of good rapport and regular contact. Our fantastic volunteer befrienders can also highlight how you can find out more about practical and emotional help resources available. This service is offered to inpatients, outpatients as well as those who have completed treatment for cancer and in need of essential human contact and friendship.
The Specialist Health and Work team (SHAWs) are experienced in health and work issues, particularly for those who have been affected by cancer. The service supports those who are remaining in work, returning to work or looking for a new job. We also provide a range of psychological support services including 121 sessions and stress management classes.
Our Wellbeing team also offer virtual 121 sessions which are available to all patients and families. These sessions aim to help reduce anxiety and stress by teaching simple techniques to promote wellbeing. The need for this service arose due to the current pandemic and has had a fantastic response from those who have accessed it.
Support at this level is covered by our Living with Uncertainty and Fear of Recurrence groups.
The Fear of Recurrence group programme aims to help those with a fear of cancer coming back which they find difficult to live with. Fear of cancer recurrence is defined as the fear or worry that cancer will return, progress, or metastasise. This is one of the most reported concerns for cancer survivors. Sessions are led by a clinical psychologist & facilitator. The groups take place over 6-weekly sessions lasting 2 hours each and are currently delivered via Zoom. They will also be offered in person, when possible. This group programme is suitable for people who been diagnosed with cancer and have completed active treatment.
The Living with Uncertainty group programme aims to assist people to develop skills to live well alongside cancer. Patients may experience uncertainty concerning their diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment pathways. For some, this uncertainty can feel manageable. However, for others it can feel overwhelming and have a negative impact on mood, relationships, hobbies, or work. Similar to Fear of Recurrence, sessions are led by a clinical psychologist & facilitator. The groups take place over 6-weekly sessions lasting 2 hours each and are currently delivered via Zoom They will also be offered in person, when possible. This group programme is suitable for all cancer types.
We also provide Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with Paula Hazizi our CBT placement student. Paula is very interested in all things psychology and, particularly interested in sleep. Paula gave us an insight into her role and what support she provides, “My role within the charity at the moment is to provide CBT and help those who are ready to return to work do so. Work is a massive part of our lives and after living with cancer or caring for someone with cancer, returning to work can be a difficult transition. My job is to provide support and help people recognise and overcome personal barriers standing in their way.
I greatly admire The Beatson for their dedication to helping those who need it most. The commitment to providing services, such as the Wellbeing Centre, and the contribution to research is incredibly admirable. I am extremely happy to be involved with the charity.”
Our Clinical Psychologists are on hand to deliver a range of psychological interventions. They provide counselling and support to those who need it the most.
No matter what you need support or guidance with, we are proud to say ‘We’re with you’ every step of the way. If you need further information or would like to access one of our services please contact us via; Calling 0141 212 0505 and Emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com