HSE Talking Health and Wellbeing Podcast, Episode 5 – Living Well

Photo of a man with headphones on and smiling. Quote beside image reads 'I am really so positive now, I don't look back' - Tommy


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The fifth episode of the HSE Talking Health and Wellbeing Podcast is now available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and on the HSE Health and Wellbeing YouTube channel.

In this episode, hosted by Eamon Keogh, we talk about the Living Well Programme, a free group self-management programme to help people manage their long-term health condition. Tommy, shares his experience of participating in the programme, talking honestly and openly about his long term health condition, from the day he received the news: “You’re flying around all your life working not a bother on you, all of a sudden you can’t do anything”, dealing with that initial shock, to finding out about the Living Well Programme and how the different tools covered gave him the confidence to move forward with his life and to remain positive, as he gets back to living his life to the full.

We also hear from Liz Cox, a Living Well Leader, who facilitates the programme and is also a former participant. Liz talks about the topics that are covered in the six week programme. Giving her unique perspective as both a former participant and current facilitator about the benefits of the programme. She also talk abouts how the programme benefits a variety of people of different ages and the change she sees in participants as they progress through the programme: “It is such a well-designed programme, people become very comfortable with each other very quickly. I have seen even after the first session people becoming comfortable with each other and willing to share their experiences”. Mary Gowing, a Self-Management Support Coordinator for Long-term Health Conditions discusses the history of the Living Well programme, its origins and explains more about what a long term health condition is. Mary also tells us more about what is next for Living Well.

For more information about Living Well go to www.hse.ie/livingwell

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