Parkinson’s Awareness Week kick starts on World Parkinson’s Day- Sunday 11th April 2021 and ends on Saturday 17th April. As there is no cure for Parkinson’s, this is an annual opportunity to raise awareness and much needed funds to support people living with the condition, to improve quality of life and to ensure that people live better for longer.
Theme: Mental Health and Parkinson’s
This year, the theme is Mental Health in Parkinson’s and on World Parkinson’s Day 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. Up to 50% of people with Parkinson’s will suffer from Anxiety or Depression at some point during their illness. These conditions are often overlooked and undiagnosed. Living with Anxiety or Depression with Parkinson’s will worsen symptoms such as tremor, stiffness, sleep problems and pain and much more. When left untreated, Anxiety and Depression reduces quality of life.
The Parkinson’s Mental Health Support Hub is designed to address and tackle the most common mental health issues within Parkinson’s whilst providing adequate support for newly diagnosed people and those who are approaching end of life.
The hub will provide four distinct services which include:
1. Parkinson’s CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) – a GP referred service for people with Parkinson’s who are suffering from Anxiety or Depression, but who are not currently being treated. CBT is one the most successful treatments for people with Anxiety and Depression.
2. 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.
3. 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 people who have lost a loved one with Parkinson’s. Grief is a natural process, but it can be devastating. We are here to support you before and after the death of someone close.
4. 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.