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09 April 2024

Psoriasis and Self-Compassion Leaflet For Download

The Psoriasis and Self-Compassion Leaflet is available to download via this link. The resource can be found at bottom of page.

Psoriasis can often impact a person’s overall wellbeing and has been linked with mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression.

When living with psoriasis self-compassion is extremely important. Higher levels of self-compassion are associated with greater feelings of happiness, optimism, and connectedness, as well as decreased levels of anxiety, depression and rumination.

Self-compassion is all about being kind to yourself during times of difficulty. In a nutshell, it means treating yourself with understanding, recognising that challenges are a normal part of life, and avoiding self-criticism when facing hardship.

The Psoriasis Association, via the Cecil King Memorial had the privilege of funding a project on Psoriasis and Self-Compassion undertaken by Dr Elaine Clarke and Dr Rachael Thorneloe of Sheffield Hallam University.

The project involved surveying people receiving topical therapy for psoriasis via prescription. Results showed that those who displayed higher levels of self-compassion were more likely to follow their prescribed treatment regimen.

The research team also helped co-design and produce a new "Psoriasis and Self-Compassion" leaflet which is available for download via this link.

The leaflet includes an explanation of self-compassion and its importance, exercises to enhance self-compassion, troubleshooting tips, and quick suggestions for individuals to try. If you’d like a printed copy, contact for more information.

The research team are keen to receive feedback on leaflet, and for those interested in sharing their thoughts, you can complete a short (5 mins) online survey here.

Remember, if you ever need support or have questions, our helpline is always here to offer a lending ear. Reach out to us on 01604 251 620, email or WhatsApp 07387 716 439.

To connect with others going through the same explore our peer to peer support options including our Forums and Facebook Group.

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