Coventry University

Support for people living with long-term health conditions

The Help to Overcome Problems Effectively (HOPE) initiative has been created to support people living with and affected by long term conditions including cancer, dementia, autism and multiple sclerosis. The programme includes a range of positive psychology intervention activities designed to create an upward spiral of positive emotions to help improve confidence, resilience and happiness, and reduce feelings of depression and anxiety.

HOPE was developed by two leading health experts at Coventry University - Professor Andy Turner, a health psychologist, and Dave McHattie, a research fellow - and has seen the university team up with Macmillan Cancer Support to help people following their cancer treatment. Over 5,000 people in Coventry, Warwickshire, and further afield, have now benefited from the programme.

The project has also inspired the Gratitude Wall – a large mobile chalkboard in which members of the public write down what they are grateful for. The chalkboard has toured music festivals, community events, museums, and university sites to help boost people’s happiness.

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