Advice on staying positive and coping with pain

Arthritis Care Northern Ireland is offering a free Staying Positive workshop in the Curran Court Hotel, Larne on Wednesday, March 21 and March 28 from 10am – 1pm.

Staying Positive is a complete pain management programme designed to help people cope with the emotional impact of living with chronic pan and develop techniques to deal with their pain.

The courses are delivered by highly trained volunteers, all of whom are living with pain.

The course is comprised of two three-hour sessions over two weeks. It provides a variety of self-management techniques for pain management including: relaxation, breathing techniques, communication skills, the benefits of exercise and how to combat negativity.

To secure your free place on the course contact Yvonne on 028 9078 2940 or

Further information on training and other services provided by Arthritis Care can be found on

This course has been funded by South Antrim Rural Network. One previous participant said: “I have a more positive outlook now to living with pain and feel I can cope much better.

“I have also learned not to be so hard on myself and that it is okay to take things easy at times and to enjoy life!”