Help for sufferers

Central and North Burnett Times - - VOICE OF THE BURNETT -

WE KNOWthe ex­pe­ri­ence of cancer can be de­mand­ing – both for your body and your mind.

Re­search shows more than 30% of cancer pa­tients ex­pe­ri­ence on­go­ing psy­cho­log­i­cal chal­lenges, such as anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion, as a re­sult of their ill­ness.

Emo­tional stress af­ter cancer can be just as chal­leng­ing dur­ing di­ag­no­sis or treat­ment, which is why Cancer Coun­cil Queens­land is invit­ing people who have been af­fected by cancer to take part in our Liv­ing Mind­fully pro­gram.

Liv­ing Mind­fully is an eight-week pro­gram start­ing on Thurs­day, May 1, in Rock­hamp­ton.

The group pro­gram, which is based on a com­bi­na­tion of mind­ful­ness med­i­ta­tion and cog­ni­tive ther­apy, is run by Cancer Coun­cil Queens­land’s Cancer Coun­selling Ser­vice and aims to in­crease a per­son’s abil­ity to man­age dif­fi­cult feel­ings and live in the present mo­ment.

Learn­ing new ways of man­ag­ing dif­fi­cul­ties through our Liv­ing Mind­fully pro­gram can be use­ful for all of us, re­gard­less of life stage or sit­u­a­tion.

I en­cour­age all lo­cals who have been af­fected by cancer who think that they, or some­one they know, may ben­e­fit from par­tic­i­pa­tion in the eight-week Liv­ing Mind­fully pro­gram to reg­is­ter now by call­ing the Cancer Coun­cil Helpline 13 11 20.

More in­for­ma­tion about Cancer Coun­cil Queens­land, in­clud­ing in­for­ma­tion about our coun­selling and sup­port pro­grams, is avail­able via www.can­cerqld.org.au or the Cancer Coun­cil Helpline 13 11 20.

Katie Clift, Ex­ec­u­tive man­ager, Cancer Coun­cil

Queens­land

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