A third of stroke survivors experience post-stroke depression and 20% will suffer from emotionalism within six months of their stroke. If you are involved in planning or providing health and social care your role is crucial in helping stroke survivors and carers deal with the emotional impact of stroke.
When a physical illness like stroke is accompanied by mental illness it worsens various outcomes, including a survivor’s life expectancy. Healthcare costs for patients with long-term conditions who also have depression are typically 45% higher than those without.
Who is the service for?
Our Emotional Support Service helps those affected by stroke come to terms with what has happened to them. The service is for stroke survivors and carers who require specialist emotional support interventions at Level 3 of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) approved four-tier model of psychological support.
Referrals will usually come through the core Stroke Recovery Service which regularly reviews peoples’ needs.
What we offer through our service
The Stroke Association provides counselling sessions, run by our professional counsellors, for stroke survivors, their carers and families. The sessions explore issues such as:
- loss and adjustment
- understanding guilt and anger
- building confidence and self-esteem.
The service also offers peer support sessions run by trained volunteers and supported by our Emotional Support Coordinators.