Support Services

As well as providing regular news and events and access to relevant research papers, we offer 3 main channels of support. Checkout our support service below and don’t forget to head over to Get Involved if you’d like to contribute to the community in some way.

Self-Help Techniques

The most important thing is to take time to heal. Give both your body and mind a chance to come to terms with your condition. Remember good mental health is just as important as good physical health. There are many ways that we can help ourselves to keep well. Explore our Self-Help Techniques guide for useful advice on how to maintain a healthy body and mind.

Local Healthcare Providers

In your journey towards finding a diagnosis and help, you may need to seek the advice of medical specialists. Each type of specialist may approach the diagnosis and subsequent support in a different manner and the right approach (or combination of approaches) can be different for each person. This section discusses the services most commonly found helpful in when dealing with FND / NEAD.

Support Groups

Why not come to one of our drop-ins or join us online. At the moment we run a drop-in Belfast. We also have an online Peer Support Group on FaceBook. Being part of a large community can be extremely beneficial, knowing what other people go through with FND, can help with acceptance and understanding. Come join us for a chat. Or discover in our Support Groups section a selection of the many charities that offer services such as counselling, pain management, mindfulness as well as many other services.

Stories from our Community

We have all had a different journey to get where we are and sharing those experiences and learning outcomes can bring powerful, uplifting and motivating stories for ourselves and for others too. Here are some stories shared by members of our FNDMattersNI community. We hope they inspire and strengthen you, help you endure or move on from where you are in a positive way.

Share YOUR Story

Why not share your FND story with our community? Just tell us what you’d like to share, add a photo of yourself and we will help you share.

Mindful not ‘Mind Full’

Mindful not ‘Mind Full’

Being mindful is about what you are thinking and feeling, in the here and now. It is a technique used to observe everything that is happening around you, without commenting on it. Mindfulness is about recognising your fears and anxieties when they arise, but not...

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Finding My Smile

Finding My Smile

You know it's there and you WILL find it again. Or perhaps you already have 🙂 Here are some comments from people just like you that we have helped through our outreach work, our get-togethers, our workshops and through this website: “Being able to meet and talk with...

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There and Back Again: A FND Story

There and Back Again: A FND Story

In 2014 I was diagnosed with FND, and I had never heard of it. At first I was sceptical, wondering if it was just another medical label just to keep me happy. I have been ill most of my life and had got used to being dismissed. All my life I had received a different...

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