A new digital self-help tool for people with multiple sclerosis (MS) has been developed by the MS Trust and Biogen.
ACT MySelf, aims to ease the emotional pressure points experienced by people living with MS, particularly at diagnosis and early in the disease.
“We worked in parallel to create a suite of resources for people with MS struggling with their mental health," said Claire Winchester, Information and Engagement Manager, MS Trust.
"We were able to share research and our intervention priorities, touch base and influence key points in the creation of the tool, in collaboration with people living with MS, a team of MS specialist nurses and an MS clinical psychologist."
ACT MySelf guides people through exercises based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a psychological therapy used in the management of conditions such as anxiety, depression and pain.
The tool helps people to learn strategies to focus on what’s important to them and less on painful thoughts, feelings and experiences.
“There is often limited resource within MS services dedicated to psychological or emotional support," said Carolyn Patterson, Clinical Psychologist, Ayrshire Central Hospital, NHS Ayrshire and Arran and one of the experts involved in developing ACT MySelf.
"ACT MySelf is a widely available tool for those who do not require specialist intervention.
"It’s an easy-to-use resource, incorporating simple exercises that those living with MS may benefit.”