An introduction to emotional wellbeing and mental health

This section is a guide to emotional health and mental wellbeing. It is for anyone affected by cardiomyopathy: those with the condition and those supporting them.

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Living with cardiomyopathy is more than just managing symptoms and taking treatment. It can affect all areas of your life, including how you feel physically, how you manage practically, and how you feel emotionally and deal with the impact it has on your life. Cardiomyopathy can also have a significant impact on the lives of the family, friends and carers of the individual with the condition. 

This section is about the emotional impact of cardiomyopathy on the lives of those living with it: people diagnosed with the condition, and those close to and supporting them (their family, friends and carers). 

Below you will find links to information about mental health, and sources of help, support and self-management strategies. You can also read stories of people affected by cardiomyopathy: the impact of the condition on their emotional wellbeing, and how they have sought help from various services.

While we can't cover all aspects of mental health and emotional wellbeing, this section aims to highlight some of the issues people living with cardiomyopathy may experience, and suggest some services and strategies that other people feel they have benefited from.

You can also find a list of organisations for further information.

“There is a stigma around mental health. People do not know how common mental health problems are and that they can take many different forms and affect anyone.”
Individual with cardiomyopathy

The content of this section has been put together from using insights shared by people with cardiomyopathy, and their families, friends and carers, through an online survey, focus group and a reader panel. We are grateful to everyone who has helped with this resource, including people who filled in our online survey and who shared their experiences at our national conference, professionals who attended our mental health and emotional wellbeing meeting, and those who have reviewed this resource.

We are particularly grateful to Elis, Dawn, Tina and Jasmine for allowing us to share their experiences.

© Cardiomyopathy UK. October 2017

Emotional wellbeing and mental health

Read about what 'emotional wellbeing and mental health' is.

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Cardiomyopathy and emotional wellbeing

Read about the impact of cardiomyopathy on emotional wellbeing.

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Services and support

Find out about different services and support available.

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Useful resources

Find out more about further resources for help and support.

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Elis' story

Read about Elis' experience of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

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Tina's story

Read about Tina's experience of ARVC.

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Dawn's story

Read about Dawn's experiences when her partner was diagnosed.

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Jasmine's story

Read about jasmine's experience when her partner was diagnosed.

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