Free support for Sheffielders struggling with Eczema

19th September 2018

To mark National Eczema Week (17-23 September) we're reminding local people about the support in offer in the city.

Our Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service offer free support to anyone who is struggling with the stress or anxiety of living with a skin condition.

They offer a variety of tried and tested forms of support, ranging from one-to-one support, to self-help group sessions, all of which is specially designed to help people whose skin condition is effecting their social life, work or relationships.

The National Eczema Society estimates that one in five children, and up to one in twelve adults have eczema.

There is currently no cure for eczema, and the condition often leaves people feeling anxious or embarrassed, but with the right medication and support people can live a normal life.

Dr Andrew Thompson, a Clinical Psychologist at the Trust who is an expert on skin conditions, said: “In other parts of the country it can be really hard to get emotional support for the impact living with a skin condition has. We’re really lucky to have a free service like this available in Sheffield and I’d encourage anyone who is in need of help to get in touch.

“We’ve got lots of experience of working with people who are struggling with feeling embarrassed or are scratching their skin and can’t stop. We often find that people see the benefit straight away from the support we offer, and lots of our service users have told us that their confidence has improved and they are feeling less distressed.

“It’s really simple to get in touch with us, you don’t even need to see your GP for a referral, just give us a call and we’ll do the rest.”

The ‘Living Well with a skin condition’ support session is held every Monday morning at St George’s Community Health Centre in Sheffield. All of the sessions are free to attend and you can book a place by calling 0114 271 6568.

To find out more about the free support on offer from IAPT in Sheffield visit www.iaptsheffield.nhs.uk