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Taking Control Self Management Programme

1200 Taking Control Self-Management sessions were delivered in 2018/19

If you’re living with a long-term respiratory condition, then our Taking Control Self-management Programme provides a range of skills which will help you to manage your condition better and improve your confidence. It also connects you to people with similar conditions, who understand what it’s like to live with a long–term condition.

The programme, which is free to attend, is run by NICHS under licence from Stanford University. It involves six weekly workshops, each lasting for two-and-a-half hours and covers the following topics:

  • Getting a good night’s sleep
  • Managing symptoms
  • Medication ‘how-to’
  • Working with your healthcare team
  • Setting weekly goals
  • Effective problem-solving
  • Better communication
  • Handling difficult emotions
  • How to relax
  • Tips for eating well
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If it hadn’t been for NI Chest Heart & Stroke, I simply wouldn’t be here today. They saved my life.

Taking Control - Fionna's Story

Fionna from Omagh lives with COPD, a chronic lung condition, and attended the Taking Control Self Management  programme.  Watch the video below to hear about how the programme benefitted her:

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