"We believe talking therapy can be invaluable when you're facing a life-limiting disease without a cure."
Receiving a diagnosis of MND is utterly devastating. Often people experience anxiety and depression, with 48% of people living with MND say they find little or no meaning in life. Therefore, it may surprise you to hear that support that could help people cope is not routinely available in MND services.
I find this unacceptable. I’m sure you do too. It’s why I’m leading this new research project, called COMMEND, that I hope will provide the proof that talking therapy can drastically improve the quality of life of someone with MND.
Phase one of the research has just started and we’re all very excited. Over a three-month period, 28 volunteers who are living with MND will undergo therapy and assessment. The impact of the therapy will be documented and, we hope, will provide a large enough body of evidence to convince the NHS that this type of therapy is worth rolling out across their services.
Unfortunately, research into the impact of MND on people’s mental health is years behind many other life-limiting diseases. But the results of my research could be helping thousands of people in the very near future. Will you send a gift to help fund more research like mine?