2020 has been an incredibly difficult year for everyone. However, we know that some have been impacted by Covid-19 more than others…
This Christmas, we are raising funds for our Psycho-Oncology service which provides specialised psychological sessions for cancer patients. These patients are currently among some of the most vulnerable people in our community. This year, they need our support more than ever.
Did you know, over 1/3 of cancer patients will experience depression or anxiety as a result of their diagnosis?
The ongoing pandemic has placed even greater strain on the mental health of these patients with many of them “cocooning” since March as they are at a greater risk of contracting Covid-19.
By clicking here, you can help us support cancer patients across Cork through the Covid-19 pandemic.
Dr. Tara Houlihan, Senior Clinical Psychologist at the Mercy Hospital sees, first-hand, every day how much of a difference a service like this can make.
“Receiving a cancer diagnosis can be very distressing. Patients tell us they feel shock, anger, worry, sadness and uncertainty. While most adults with cancer adapt and cope with such difficult challenges over time, some may find that their emotions become difficult to manage and might affect their daily lives. As cancer may increase the risk should an individual develop Covid-19, patients are experiencing heightened distress and there has been a need to provide even more psychological support.“
Your support this Christmas will help us expand our Psycho-Oncology service in 2021 to reach even more patients.