The information below has been taken from the Mindspot website and we urge all sufferers to consider using these great resources to help manage their chronic pain
Free, online, personalised Chronic Pain health care with MindSpot
We support Australian adults experiencing stress, anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, and chronic pain. All of our services are free, confidential, and online, and provide optional access to qualified therapists.
The Chronic Pain Course is a clinically-proven treatment to support adults in managing their chronic pain.
Read more about our Chronic Pain course below,
The Pain Course consists of five lessons over an eight-week period. It provides the information and practical skills you would normally receive from a mental health professional if you attended a specialist pain management clinic. You can choose to receive weekly therapist support during the course, or you can choose to contact us when you need to.
The lessons provide essential information and teach practical self-management skills to help you do the following:
- Understand chronic pain and how it differs from acute pain
- Recognise the cycle of symptoms involved in pain, anxiety and depression
- Break the cycle of symptoms
- Recognise and challenge unhelpful thoughts and beliefs
- Recognise and manage physical symptoms of pain, anxiety and depression
- Manage levels of day-to-day physical activity safely and confidently, despite pain
- Continue to manage your pain and emotional wellbeing once the course has finished
In addition to the lessons, the course includes DIY Guides to help you better understand and practise skills taught in the lessons. There are also lots of additional resources teaching other important and practical skills, as well as stories from other people with chronic pain who have previously participated in the course.
Does it work
- Approximately 1400 people have enrolled in the Pain Course at MindSpot.
- The Pain Course was trialled at the eCentreClinic in clinical trials with more than 1,500 Australians.
- Over 90% of participants reported the course was worth their time and that they would recommend it to other people.
- Most people made good clinical improvements in how much they were able to do day-to-day and their emotional wellbeing.
- Many participants were also able to work through the course with very little contact with therapists and still make significant improvements.
The Pain Course is recommended for people who:
- Are 18 years of age or older
- Are Australian residents
- Experience symptoms of chronic pain and symptoms of anxiety, low mood and depression, who want to improve the management of pain and emotional wellbeing
- Have at least four hours a week to spend working on the course and practicing the skills
The Pain Course is not suitable for people who:
- Are currently suicidal – click here to get urgent help
- Are not Australian residents
We advise you to discuss your participation in this course with your GP and other health professionals. Maintaining a good working relationship with your GP is essential and they can help you decide whether this program is going to be suitable for you.
Click here to start your assessment