MyWellbeing College has launched support for people suffering with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) through a new six-week course.

The course, starting on 12 February at 1.00pm, is currently being piloted in Cottingley, and covers different topics each week, giving people the tools to manage different wellbeing symptoms of CFS.

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

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

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, also known as ME, is a long-term illness with a wide range of symptoms, with the most common being extreme tiredness. Other symptoms can include sleep problems, muscle or joint pain, headaches and problems thinking, remembering or concentrating.

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

The MyWellbeing College, which is run by Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust, already offers a range of opportunities to help people combat life’s ups and downs, from online courses that people can complete in the comfort of their own home, to getting out and meeting new people at group courses.

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.