Being a teenager can be difficult and having a chronic skin condition that can cause stress, embarrassment and pain can make the teen years even more testing.
Teenagers and young people with eczema can feel excluded and embarrassed over how their skin looks and chronic eczema can feel very isolating. However a new scheme from Eczema Outreach Support aims to help.
SPACE (Support Programme for Adolescents with Chronic Eczema) is for young people aged 11-17 with eczema and offers them the chance to talk to others with the condition and learn how to best manage it. There is also a work shop on managing stress and coping with having eczema and all participants get a £10 voucher to use in a cinema.
A past SPACE attendee said: “I really enjoyed the session and liked that there was no adults there listening in.
“Communication is really important and it was great to talk to other young people with eczema and feel less alone.”
SPACE secured funding from Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland and supported by NHS Scotland and will be held throughout the country this year. A full list of events are below:
February 22, 2020 – Dundee
March 14, 2020 – Dunfermline
April 25, 2020 – Inverness
May 16, 2020 – Glasgow
June 6, 2020 – East Kilbride
August 29, 2020 – Edinburgh
Members will receive details of each SPACE event in due course.