Living Well programme

The Living Well Programme will be delivered as an on-line programme during the COVID-19 restrictions period.


You can download our information leaflet on minding your long-term health condition during coronavirus (COVID-19).

What is the Living Well Programme?

Living Well is a free group self-management programme. Self-management is what a person does every day to manage their long-term health condition. This may include making choices to improve your health such as becoming more active, eating more healthily and stopping smoking. It may also include more complex tasks such as taking medication, monitoring your symptoms, coping with the emotional aspects of the condition and communicating with healthcare professionals.

Living with a long-term health condition can be challenging but may be especially so during Covid 19. The Living Well programme supports you to develop the skills which will help you to live well with a long-term health condition(s). The Living Well programme has proven to be effective in helping people to manage their health conditions better

What does Living Well involve?

  • Living Well is a group programme which runs online for six weeks. There is one workshop a week which lasts 2.5 hours
  • Two trained facilitators run the workshops each week. At least one of the facilitators lives with a long-term health condition
  • People taking part in the workshops may have the same health condition(s) as you. Others will have different health conditions. There will be up to ten people taking part in the group
  • The workshops are delivered in a relaxed and friendly way so that all participants can learn from each other. You can also share experiences of living with your condition(s)
  • Each person who takes part gets a book about self-management.
  • The Living Well programme is not suitable for people with significant memory or learning difficulties

Who is Living Well for?

Living Well is for adults 18 years and over. It is suitable for you, if you are:

What is covered each week?

A key part of Living Well is setting goals that you want to achieve. Each week you learn how to reach these goals by making an action plan. You also get support from the group to problem solve. In addition the following are covered over the 6 weeks:

Week 1 

Using your mind to manage symptoms

Fatigue and getting a good night’s sleep

Introduction to action plans

Week 2

Dealing with difficult emotions

Physical activity, exercise, preventing falls

Week 3

Decision making

Pain management

Healthy eating

Week 4

Breathing techniques

Reading food labels

Communicating skills

Week 5

Medication management

Positive thinking, dealing with low mood and feelings of depression

Week 6

Making informed treatment decisions

Planning for the future 

      

How do I register?

If you are interested in taking part in this programme or would like more information, please contact your local Living Well Team. They will make contact with you and let you know about the next available programme.

 

CHO Areas Covered For more information or to book a place, contact
CHO 1 Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Cavan, Monaghan

Martina: (087) 3314159

Email: martinablakeqol@outlook.ie

 

Helen: (087) 3964307

Email: helenodriscollqol@outlook.ie

CHO 2 Mayo, Galway, Roscommon

Jackie Lynott: (087) 7185615

Email: Jackielynott@mayocil.ie

CHO 5 Wexford, Waterford, Kilkenny, Carlow, South Tipperary

Ciara Cross Lonney : 087 408 8325

Email: selfmanagementsupportsSECH@hse.ie

CHO 6 Dublin South East, Dun Laoghaire, Wicklow

Triona McNamee (01) 2683132

Email: cho6.selfmanagementsupport@hse.ie

CHO 8 Laois, Offaly, Longford, Westmeath, Louth, Meath

Sinéad Power

Email: sinead.power4@hse.ie

CHO 9 Dublin North city and County area

Caroline Peppard: (01) 8976171

Email: caroline.peppard@hse.ie


If your county is not listed above please contact the team closest to you.

Please note: Living Well has been provided in Ireland for many years under a variety of names including: ‘Quality of Life’ (Donegal), ‘Self Care to Wellness’ (Mayo & Roscommon), ‘Better Health Better Living’ (Beaumont Hospital) and Living Well with Arthritis (Arthritis Ireland) to name a few. 

What have people said about the programme?

Living Well brochure 22-07 (PDF, 763.1 KB, 1 page)

Living Well poster 27-07 (PDF, 443.7 KB, 1 page)

Please contact your local coordinator for printed supplies of any promotional material.

People who have done the programme say that they feel more confident and in control of their health. They also report that their mood has improved and they have better sleep.

"I met wonderful people with other illnesses and this made me feel ‘not alone’ which helped me emotionally.”

“It made me more aware of my habits and gave me the tools to make positive changes”

 “My confidence has increased and I feel I am now able to manage my condition better”

Living Well is a Self –Management Resource Centre (SMRC) Evidence Based Self- Management Program originally developed at Stanford University

This project has received funding from the Government of Ireland’s Slaintecare Integration Fund 2019 under grant agreements 38, 78, 185, 219, 413, 418