Sunday 11th April 2021 marks World Parkinson’s Day- an annual coming together to raise awareness and much needed funds to improve life with Parkinson’s today, not tomorrow. It is the perfect opportunity for people with the condition, carers, professionals and researchers to come together and support Parkinson’s Care and Support UK. There is no cure for Parkinson’s, which is why we need to invest in improving life today so that people can live better for longer with the condition.
2021 Theme: Mental Health and Parkinson’s
Mental Health and Parkinson’s is one area that simply is not spoken about enough, yet it affects every part of our lived experience with the condition. People with mental health problems and Parkinson’s are often overlooked, undiagnosed and under-supported. This extends to those who are caring for loved ones or who have lost loved ones. This World Parkinson’s Day we want to raise awareness of mental health in Parkinson’s as well as offer new therapies and support to improve mental health so that people can live better for longer.
Parkinson’s Mental Health Support Hub
This year, Parkinson’s Care and Support UK are launching the first ever Parkinson’s Mental Health Support Hub, exclusively for people affected by Parkinson’s. There is no denying that being diagnosed and living with Parkinson’s can take a significant toll on one’s mental health. Up to 50% of people with the condition will suffer from Anxiety or Depression at some point during their illness.
The Parkinson’s journey impacts mental health and wellbeing of not only the ones with the condition, but those closest to them, such as carers and partners. There simply was not adequate support, which is why we developed the Parkinson’s Mental Health Support Hub.
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, people with YOPD, lonesome and isolated people and carers of those who are approaching end of life or who are bereaved.
We are offering 4 distinct new services to improve mental health including: