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Epilepsy Surgery Service

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Wellbeing

Resources focusing on wellbeing, and support services for those experiencing mood-related difficulties: they are listed in alphabetical order.

Cognitive Rehabilitation Group

Oxford Centre for Enablement offers a Cognitive Rehabilitation Group for people who need assistance after surgery.

Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy Group

This group is for people living with neurological conditions.

The Psychological Medicine Department at Oxford University Hospitals offers an eight-week mindfulness-based cognitive therapy group course for people living with neurological conditions.

This may be useful for you if you are struggling with the management of your epilepsy, low mood and/or anxiety.

Mindfulness means paying attention to what's happening in the present moment in the mind, body and external world, with an attitude of interest and kindness. Mindful awareness can help us to find new ways of living which support our wellbeing: it can help people to develop healthier, more compassionate responses to living with a neurological condition.

If you are interested in this, please speak to your neurologist or neuropsychologist who will be able to refer you, if the course is appropriate for you.

Enquiries

Please contact the Russell Cairns Unit: 01865 234264

Wellbeing

  • Epilepsy Action Directory of Epilepsy Support Groups
    The Directory provides information on local and informal 'coffee and chat' groups for people with epilepsy.
  • Epilepsy Foundation Wellness Institute
    This resource provides advice and information on emotional health, stress management, sleep, diet and nutrition, physical activity, independent living, social relationships, education and employment. This may be useful for people both before and after surgery.
  • Mind
    Mind is a national mental health support service that provides a broad range of information about many kinds of mental health problems, guidance on support and services available, tips for everyday living and links to other sites that may be helpful. They also provide an online community, Elefriends.
  • Self Help Leaflets
    Self-help information for a range of difficulties that may be useful for people experiencing mood-related difficulties, for example anxiety, depression, panic and sleep difficulties. Also a useful guide for partners/relatives in supporting people with low mood.

Talking therapies

  • Samaritans
    Speak to someone anonymously via their confidential helpline, or visit their website for support and advice.
  • Talking Space Plus
    Talking therapies service within Oxfordshire offering one-to-one therapy, groups and computerised CBT.
  • Talking Therapies (IAPT)
    If Oxfordshire is not your local area, type your post code in to find out about talking therapies and support near you.