A NEW six-week support course has been launched for people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).

The course, starting on February 12 at 1pm, is being piloted at the Cottingley Cornerstone centre and will cover different topics each week.

They include diet and relaxation; sleep and stress management; behavior and pacing; acceptance, communication and mindfulness; thought challenging and worry work and relapse prevention.

The course is being delivered through MyWellbeing College, which is run by the Bradford District NHS Care Foundation Trust.

Sharon Edwards, Clinical Lead with MyWellbeing College, said: “The course covers a range of topics to support people that have a diagnosis of CFS.

"We know that people with CFS can struggle sometimes with their emotional wellbeing so we wanted to launch something to provide people with the tools to not only look after the physical aspects of living with CFS, but the emotional ones too.

“Some people with CFS may find worrying a problem, and in this course we will teach them techniques to deal with that worry, such as worry time or the worry tree, which is a series of questions we follow to arrive at a solution to our particular worry.

“The course is also a great opportunity for people with CFS to meet others going through the same thing; having someone to talk to that understands what you’re going through can make a huge difference to your physical and mental wellbeing.

What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

The course is based around a treatment called Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) which looks at the way people think and behave and how that affects the way that they feel.

People don’t have to go through their GP to enrol on the course, they can register online at www.bmywellbeingcollege.nhs.uk or give the enrolment team a call on 0300 555 5551 to enroll and for further information.

The MyWellbeing College is open to anyone over the age of 16 who is registered with a GP in Bradford, Wharfedale, Airedale or Craven.