Northern Ireland Chest Heart & Stroke
Taking Control Self Management

The NICHS “Taking Control” Self Management Programme will help you develop the skills and confidence you need to better manage your condition and help you feel stronger and better equipped to deal with daily life.

The programme is a weekly workshop of 2.5 hours over 6 weeks. It is free of charge and covers the following :

  • Getting a good nights sleep
  • Managing symptoms
  • Medication”how–to”
  • Working with your health care team
  • Setting weekly goals
  • Effective problem solving
  • Better communication
  • Handling difficult emotions
  • How to relax
  • Tips for eating well


The programme will also enable you to meet other people who share similar experiences and who understand what it’s like to live with a long–term condition. Here is some of the feedback we have received:


“My long term condition has controlled my life for 12 years; I feel now that I can control it”

“The programme was more informative and helpful and raised my level of optimism and realisation that I can do more. I would highly recommend it; the leaders were articulate and professional. They were most willing to help everyone to obtain the max benefit.”

“My problems are not unique so this helped me see things more balanced, the supportive and accepting group helped my outlook.”

The following is a schedule of the upcoming programmes:

Location/date Venue Contact


Wednesday 25th September 2019 at 10.30am – 1.00pm

and continues each Wednesday for 6 weeks 10.30am – 1.00pm

The Upper Room

Sandel Centre Knocklynn Road


BT52 1WG

To book your FREE place or for further information contact

Yvonne Monteith on 07912046173



After Paddy was diagnosed with COPD, he took part in the Taking Control Self Management Programme. Watch this video to see what a difference it made to his life.


To find out more about the programme, please contact us on or 028 9032 0184.