MS Awareness Week 2023 runs from the 24 to the 30 April. This year we're excited to team up with several other MS charities to increase the impact of our campaign.
During the week we will look at the impact multiple sclerosis has on mental health and overall wellbeing. Our recent survey of over 2,000 people living with MS, revealed that 56% feel that MS negatively impacts their mental health.
The survey also revealed that the burden of living with certain symptoms is a driving factor behind declining emotional wellbeing. In particular, people found that fatigue, walking difficulties and bladder & bowel problems created considerable anxiety and consequently a decline in mental health.
With this in mind, during MS Awareness Week, the MS Trust will be providing a number of resources which focus directly on the impact these symptoms can have on mental wellbeing and offering tips and techniques to manage them.
You can download a pack of resources, including our #MSMakesMe posters and social images, to share with friends, family, colleagues or followers from our online shop.
Live stream: Following the success of our 2022 webinars, on Wednesday the 26 April we live streamed, MS: Your emotions and feelings.
During the session we spoke to two experts on why MS can impact so heavily on your emotions and how you feel day to day. They also gave us some tips on how we can deal with these feelings to improve overall wellbeing.
Our guest experts:
- Roshan Das Nair, Senior Research Scientist, SINTEF, Norway.
Professor of Clinical Psychology & Neuropsychology, University of Nottingham, UK
- Dr Cora Sargeant, Educational Psychologist and person living with MS.
Our voices are louder together. So along with six other MS charities, we are highlighting how the varied nature of MS means it impacts everybody in very different ways. Join in the conversation on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter channels during MS Awareness week from the 24 April. Use the hashtag #MSMakesMe followed by a space and a personal message of how MS impacts you.
Keep an eye on our social channels during the week itself, as we will share updates from all participating charities and the plans they have for the week.