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What is it? 

Having a long term condition such as asthma or COPD can affect all areas of our life, not just our physical health. The Living Well with Respiratory Problems course is based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). CBT looks at how our thoughts and behaviour affect the way we feel. Our aim is to give you the tools with which to manage your mood and condition, in order for you to feel happier, healthier and more in control of life.

What does the programme involve?

The Living Well with Respiratory problems course consists of six sessions. Each session lasts for two hours and they are delivered weekly. It is an educational course which is delivered in a group setting. There will be some group discussions, however, it is up to you how much or how little you choose to say in front of the group.

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How will this help me? 

It is common for people living with COPD or other chronic respiratory problems to feel anxious or low in mood. Physical symptoms such as breathlessness, coughing and fatigue can add to feelings of stress, anxiety or depression. These feelings can lead to reduced activity levels with may worsen the condition.

Some people experience a lot of distress and panic when feeling breathless to the point where they may fear being left alone. Others experience a loss of hope or frustration about the condition or its impact on daily life tasks. 

A lot of people do not speak to anyone about the emotional impact of living with a respiratory problem. Sometimes this is because they feel nothing can be done to help them or they may feel other people will not understand. Some people worry that others will judge them.

While the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Respiratory Teams are trained to help with a range of emotional difficulties, you can also have support from Healthy Minds. We will aim to help you improve your mood, reduce anxiety, worry less and gain more motivation.

How do I access this?  

Click here to self refer or call 0300 302 1313

To ensure you access the right treatment the team will arrange an assessment screening appointment with you these usually take around 30 minutes and they are completed over the phone.

When and where?

Course dates 

Start date



Wednesday 16th October

10.00am - 12.00pm


Monday 28 October

10:00am - 12.00pm