Recent study showed that 56% of respondents felt there was not enough detailed information for people living with respiratory conditions and 36% reported experiencing mental health challenges as a result of the prolonged lockdown.
The Asthma Society of Ireland today announced their upcoming #AskAsthmaSociety virtual support day taking place this Thursday, 27th May. Supported by Boots Ireland, the Asthma Society aims to provide top tips and information to the 380,000 people living with asthma in Ireland through a series of virtual talks.
The first talk will be hosted on Boots Ireland Facebook page at 13.00 https://www.facebook.com/BootsIrelandOfficial/ by Boots Pharmacist Heather Feeney, discussing top tips for managing your child’s asthma and highlighting the free supports that are available to help you get in better control of your child’s condition.
The second talk will take place on the Asthma Society’s instagram account www.instagram.com/asthmasocietyofireland between Asthma Society CEO, Sarah O’Connor and Respiratory Consultant, Dr. Breda Cushen at 18.00, providing information and support to patients specifically targeted recognize when their condition is deteriorating, and equipping them with tools to intervene to better manage their asthma. The talk will also cover the experience of living with asthma in Ireland, the findings from recent patient and carer research, and answering patient or carer questions in real time.
The final talk will be on www.instagram.com/asthmasocietyofireland at 19.00 between severe asthma patients Jenny Curran and Rachel Murray on living well with asthma, sharing stories around their diagnosis journey, difficulties experienced and coping mechanisms they have developed to help them get through rough patches.
Sarah O’Connor, CEO of the Asthma Society said, “The past year has been a particularly worrying time for those with asthma and their families. As COVID-19 is a respiratory illness, it is vital that people with asthma are in control of their condition. This is why we are pleased to have the support of Boots Ireland to help support people living with asthma, and their families by hosting a series of informational talks online.
Living with a respiratory illness amid the pandemic has taken its toll on the 380,000 people with asthma in Ireland. 56% of respondents felt there was not enough detailed information amid the pandemic for people living with respiratory conditions and 36% reported experiencing mental health challenges as a result of the prolonged lockdown.
We hope that this series of virtual talks will give patients and carers a chance to ask questions that are bothering them and will make them aware that help is out there. We will be publishing some graphics and images of common questions (and their answers) in the days following the virtual support day in case any patients or carers miss the live talks.”
Susan O’Dwyer, Pharmacy Strategy and Development Manager at Boots Ireland said, “The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many unique challenges for people with asthma. It is now more important than ever to ensure your child’s asthma is under control and well-managed. We are delighted to support the Asthma Society of Ireland with #AskAsthmaSociety Virtual Support Day and we hope it will help people with asthma in availing of the range of supports that are available to help with managing their asthma. For advice and information on how our pharmacists can support, please visit www.boots.ie/asthma-support.”
For more information on the Asthma Society and the patient support services available visit www.asthma.ie